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Skin Conditions and Wudu

Shaykh Abdul-Rahman Reasat advises on how to deal with skin conditions in relation to purification and prayer.

 

Question:

Assalam alaykum wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuh

I have these white things in my face which are similar to pus but they are dry. Also they are really small, so you can only see them when you look really close. After wudu, they are on the surface of my skin, meaning that when I wash my face they come out of the skin, because they aren’t firm in the skin. They move away as soon as you touch them. Therefore I don’t know if I should repeat wudu. But even if I repeat, they sometimes come out again because they are so sensible. I have very light acne. Maybe that will help you to see what I mean.

 

Answer:

Wa alaykum assaalam wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuh.

I pray you are well.

The white things you describe do not break your wudu. Wudu is nullified is situations similar to yours by an impurity exiting the body and then flowing from its point of exit by itself. Making it move by squeezing the area, or wiping it does not invalidate one’s wudu if it would not have moved itself. (Maydani, al-Lubab).

Please consider taking a course on the rulings related to purity and prayer. You’ll find that studying a proper text with a teacher answers most of your questions, as well as many other which may not have come to mind.

May Allah grant you the best of both worlds.

Abdul-Rahim

 

Checked and approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani.


 

Is My Wudu Valid With Dry Pus on My Skin?

Answered by Shaykh Umer Mian

Question: Assalamu alaykum

If blood or pus dries up on one’s skin, will that prevent water from reaching the skin during wudu or ghusl?

Answer: Wa alaikum as-salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu

If a person has a wound from which blood or pus exits, then the scab that forms over the wound is considered a part of one’s body. Hence, it is not necessary to wash underneath this dried blood/pus, neither for wudu nor for ghusl. Rather, one merely washes over the scab. If washing over it causes harm or excessive pain, then one may wipe over it. If even wiping is not possible, one leaves off washing/wiping that area (while washing the rest of the body part).

Sources: Fatawa Hindiyyah, al-Jawharah al-Nayyirah, al-Bahr al-Ra’iq, and Hashiyah al-Shilbi on Tabyin al-Haqa’iq

Arabic source texts are below.

Wassalam,
[Shaykh] Umer Mian

ولو كان به قرحة فارتفع جلدها وأطراف القرحة متصلة بالجلد إلا الطرف الذي كان يخرج منه القيح فغسل الجلدة ولم يصل الماء إلى ما تحت الجلدة جاز وضوءه ؛ لأن ما تحت الجلدة غير ظاهر فلا يفترض غسله . كذا في فتاوى قاضي خان . (الفتاوى الهندية)

وَفِي الْفَتَاوَى الْعَجِينُ فِي الظُّفْرِ يَمْنَعُ تَمَامَ الطَّهَارَةِ وَالْوَسَخُ وَالدَّرَنُ لَا يَمْنَعُ وَكَذَا التُّرَابُ وَالطِّينُ فِيهِ لَا يَمْنَعُ وَالْخِضَابُ إذَا تَجَسَّدَ يَمْنَعُ ، كَذَا فِي الذَّخِيرَةِ وَقِشْرَةُ الْقُرْحَةِ إذَا ارْتَفَعَتْ وَلَمْ يَصِل الْمَاءُ إلَى مَا تَحْتَهَا لَا يَمْنَعُ (الجوهرة النيرة)

وَلَوْ كَانَ فِي الْإِنْسَانِ قُرْحَةٌ فَبَرَأَتْ وَارْتَفَعَ قِشْرُهَا وَأَطْرَافُ الْقُرْحَةِ مُتَّصِلَةٌ بِالْجِلْدِ إلَّا الطَّرَفَ الَّذِي كَانَ يَخْرُجُ مِنْهُ الْقَيْحُ ، فَإِنَّهُ يَرْتَفِعُ وَلَا يَصِلُ الْمَاءُ إلَى مَا تَحْتَ الْقِشْرَةِ أَجْزَأَهُ وُضُوءُهُ ، وَفِي مَعْنَاهُ الْغُسْلُ كَذَا فِي النَّوَازِلِ لِأَبِي اللَّيْثِ وَنَقَلَهُ الْهِنْدِيُّ أَيْضًا (البحر الرائق)

وَالْخِضَابُ إذَا تَجَسَّدَ وَيَبِسَ يَمْنَعُ تَمَامَ الْوُضُوءِ وَالْغُسْلِ كَذَا فِي الْوَجِيزِ وَقِشْرَةُ الْقُرْحَةِ إذَا ارْتَفَعَتْ وَلَمْ يَصِلْ الْمَاءُ إلَى مَا تَحْتَهَا لَا بَأْسَ بِهِ فِي الْوُضُوءِ وَالْغُسْلِ ، وَالْفَرْقُ بَيْنَهُمَا وَبَيْنَ الْخِضَابِ أَنَّ قِشْرَةَ الْقُرْحَةِ مُتَّصِلَةٌ بِالْجِلْدِ اتِّصَالَ الْخِلْقَةِ (حاشية الشِّلْبِيُّ على تبيين الحقائق)