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Do Clear or White Vaginal Discharges Invalidate Wudu?


Hanafi

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalam alaykum

Afterr menstruation, I experience the white discharge. However, sometimes, rather than finding actual discharge, I find a lot of water. Does this invalidate wudu?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

Both clear and white are deemed normal colours with respect to vaginal discharge.

Thereafter, and according to the position of Imam Abu Hanifa, such discharge is pure and it does not invalidate your ritual washing (wudu). This is because this discharge is considered akin to sweating.

However, it is more precautionary to renew your ritual washing, when it is reasonably [easily] facilitated for you to do so, in order to avoid the difference of opinion on the matter.

Note that other colours do invalidate your state of ritual purity, and the method of determining colours is to use a kursuf, namely, a piece of cotton or the like placed at the labial lips. [see: How Can I Judge When My Menstrual Period Has Ended?]

[Hartford/Muneeb, Birgivi’s Manual Interpreted (43)]

Please also see: Does Vaginal Discharge Break Wudu? and: Should I Repeat My Prayer Because of Vaginal Discharge?

And Allah Most High alone knows best.

[Ustadh] Tabraze Azam

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Tabraze Azam holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Leicester, where he also served as the President of the Islamic Society. He memorised the entire Qur’an in his hometown of Ipswich at the tender age of sixteen, and has since studied the Islamic Sciences in traditional settings in the UK, Jordan and Turkey. He is currently pursuing advanced studies in Jordan, where he is presently based with his family.