What Should I Do About Past Prayers Now That I Know About Madhy and Wady?

Shafi'i Fiqh

Answered by Ustadha Shazia Ahmad


In the past, I did not know about wady or madhy. Now thinking back, without cleaning it from the clothes I prayed in, and even sat on the bed, chair, and many places. The issue is that my clothes used to be wet too due to istinja. What am I supposed to do now? What should I do about my prayers? I certainly cannot change my bed, furniture, etc. I live with my joint family too.


May Allah reward you for seeking correct knowledge and repairing mistakes from the past.

Madhy and Wady

Arousal discharge does invalidate one’s ritual purity (wudu), but you cannot be certain when this occurred in the past years. You may have already been performing your wudu after this discharge came out. And you probably washed it all away every time you went to the bathroom. The same goes for wady.


As for filth transferring to your clothes and furniture, this does not happen. Your furniture is pure, and if there was any remnant, you can follow the Hanafi school in the past and assume that the amount was excusable during your prayers.


As such, I would not recommend that you make up any prayers. Rather, perform your worship correctly from now on, and ignore any baseless misgivings that might come your way because whispering doubts is the only job of the Devil; don’t let him get to you.

Please see these links as well:
Should I Make Up My Prayers Because I Didn’t Take Bath after Madhy Exited from Me?
Can a Woman Keep a Kursuf in Place and Assume Her Wudu Is Intact?

May Allah give you the best of this world and the next.

[Ustadha] Shazia Ahmad
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadha Shazia Ahmad lived in Damascus, Syria for two years where she studied aqida, fiqh, tajweed, tafsir, and Arabic. She then attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she completed her Masters in Arabic. Afterward, she moved to Amman, Jordan where she studied fiqh, Arabic, and other sciences. She later moved back to Mississauga, Canada, where she lives with her family.