When Can I Make Wudu after Bleeding Due to a Vaccine?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


I got a vaccine injection, and I bled, which was invalidated by wudu. My question was, when would I be able to make wudu again? Should I take off my bandage to confirm bleeding has stopped, or can that be assumed in this case? If it can be assumed, after how much time? Probably not immediately, correct? How about after 20 minutes?

My general question is how and when to make wudu once I get a cut that leads to bleeding. One time I didn’t put on a bandage on a cut on the side of my toenail, and when I made wudu, the cut bled more. Could I have done anything then?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

I pray you are well. Thank you for your question.

One can make wudu straight away after placing a bandage. It can be assumed it has stopped. You don’t need to remove the bandage, as it can bleed. Every person’s physiology is different.

In the case of your toenail, maybe you could’ve put a plaster. But bleeding can vary from area to area and person to person.

Filth, like blood, that flows from the point of exit and moves to a place that must be cleaned will invalidate wudu. [’Ala’uddin ‘Ibn ’Abidin, al-Hadiyyah al-’Ala’iyyah]

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I pray this helps with your question.
[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
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Mawlana Ilyas Patel is a traditionally-trained scholar who has studied in the UK, India, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan, and Turkey. He started his early education in the UK. He went on to complete the hifz of the Quran in India, then enrolled in an Islamic seminary in the UK, where he studied the secular and ‘Aalimiyya sciences. He then traveled to Karachi, Pakistan. He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for several years. He has taught hifz of the Quran, Tajwid, Fiqh, and many other Islamic sciences to children and adults onsite and online extensively in the UK and Ireland. He taught at a local Islamic seminary for 12 years in the UK, where he was a librarian and a teacher of Islamic sciences. He currently resides in the UK with his wife. His interest is a love of books and gardening.