How to Know If the Water Used to Wash My Mouth Is Impure?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Ustadh Sufyan Qufi


I suffer from bleeding gums when I bleed from my gums I collect water in my hand and rinse my mouth. Is the water I used to rinse the mouth therefore impure and does my mouth remain impure after rinsing.

Let’s say I have a stain of blood on my face the way I clean it is by pouring water into my hand and washing my face with that water is the water that remains on my face impure as I keep thinking it is which Is making life difficult I then wash it again and think the next water I use is impure.

If I bleed from my gums does that mean my whole mouth is impure and all the saliva in my mouth or just the saliva that the blood came in contact with?


In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful,

I pray this finds you in the best of states.

The water you are using to wash your mouth is pure as long as no traces of filth (color, smell, taste) is manifested in it. [Shurunbulali, Nur al-Idah]

The reason for this ruling is that the water you are using to wash your mouth is running when it reaches and leaves your mouth. Thus, as long as no traces of filth are manifested in it, you can assume the purity of this water. [Ibid.]

Again the water you have used to wash your face was running on your skin. Thus as long as no traces of filth are manifested in it the water is pure. [Ibid.]

If your gums are bleeding and your saliva is yellowish then your wudu is not broken and your saliva is not impure. If your saliva is red then your wudu is broken and your saliva is impure. [Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah]

And Allah knows best.

[Ustadh] Sufyan Qufi
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Sufyan Qufi is an advanced seeker of knowledge, originally from Algeria, who grew up in France. He began searching far and wide for answers to the fundamental questions of life and was disappointed at the answers he found.

Then he connected with various traditional teachers and gradually connected with SeekersGuidance. He embarked on his journey of learning through the various teachers at SeekersGuidance, including his mentor Shaykh Faraz Rabbani.

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