Must I Repeat My Wudu Due to a Random Spot of Blood?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Weltch


I noticed there was a spot of blood on my towel and unsure where it came from. If it were from my nose (which sometimes bleeds a little during the hot season) when rinsing it during wudu – which had no trace of it in the sink, should I repeat the prayer?

Am I required to clean anything besides the towel as the water, when washing my face, would have splashed onto my slippers and floor, and the towel rack when hanging the wet towel to dry?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

It is not necessary to repeat your prayer. 

This is because a drop of blood is not sufficient to invalidate a wudu. Only the potential or actual exiting of flowing blood invalidates the wudu. 

[Shurunbulali, Maraqi al -Falah] 

You are not required to clean your towel or any other object as non-flowing blood (in this case a drop) is not impure. Only flowing blood that breaks the wudu is considered impure. [Ibn ‘Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar] 

Also note that impurity does not transfer as easily as you have described. Even if the blood were impure your towel, towel rack, slippers, etc… are not impure just because of supposed water splashing. 

Matters of purification are not based on possibilities or conjecture. Everything is pure until proven with reasonable surety or certainty otherwise.

Hope this helps

Allah knows best

[Shaykh] Yusuf Weltch
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Yusuf Weltch is a teacher of Arabic, Islamic law, and spirituality. After accepting Islam in 2008, he completed four years at the Darul Uloom seminary in New York, where he studied Arabic and the traditional sciences. He then traveled to Tarim, Yemen, where he stayed for three years studying in Dar Al-Mustafa under some of the greatest scholars of our time, including Habib Umar Bin Hafiz, Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf, and Shaykh Umar al-Khatib. In Tarim, Shaykh Yusuf completed the memorization of the Qur’an and studied beliefs, legal methodology, hadith methodology, Qur’anic exegesis, Islamic history, and several texts on spirituality. He joined the SeekersGuidance faculty in the summer of 2019.