Does Wiping Non-Flowing Blood From Lips Break Wudu?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam


I often get chapped lips so that blood comes (but it does not flow). I dab the blood with tissue paper.

According to this definition, it does not break wudu (because it must flow on its own). Does dabbing it with a tissue make any difference?


I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.

No, dabbing and clearing away such blood is not considered “flow” and would not affect the ruling.

According to the Hanafi school, blood which flows (beyond the point of exit) [1] actually or [2] effectively (such that it would have flowed had it not been wiped/absorbed away) invalidates the ablution (wudu). [Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah; ‘Ala al-Din ‘Abidin, al-Hadiyya al-‘Ala’iyya]

Related Answer:
Nosebleed & Nullification of Ablution

And Allah alone gives success.


[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 memorized 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.