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Dried White Substance in One’s Underwear

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat is asked about finding dried white substance or discharge in one’s underwear after prayer and how to deal with this.

Question:

Assalam alaykum wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuh.

What should one do in the event when one finds dried white substance in one’s underwear? There have been numerous occasions when I have prayed and then gone to the bathroom only to find this.

What are the correct methods of cleaning and does one have to repeat prayer?

Shukran.

Answer:

Wa alaykum assalam wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuh.

I pray you are well.

Practical Steps to Ascertain Validity

You can, in general, assume that your prayers are valid. The default assumption with anything that breaks your wudu (Hadath) is that it happened at the earliest possible moment (Ibn Nujaym, Al Ashbah wa al Nazaʾir). Meaning, if you see some dried discharge on your clothes you should ask “When is the last possible moment it could have come out and dried?”

The discharge you see is most likely prostatic fluid (wadi). Let us assume that after the initial discharge it takes ten minutes to dry. So, the next time you see this discharge on your underwear, you can assume it occurred ten minutes before that.

Then you should see how much there is. If it is more than the excused amount, and you prayed in the last ten minutes, you should repeat the prayer. If it is less than that, and therefore excused, you assume that your prayer is valid, and carry on with your life.

Excused Impurities

The amount of impurity which is excused for the purpose of the prayer is equivalent the circular depression in the middle of an outstretched palm. This is roughly equal to a £2 coin.

Impurities on your body which, when accumulated, would be less than this amount, do not affect the validity of the prayer. It is, however, superior to remove them before praying.

Removing the impurities is simple. You can wash the discharge under a tap, or by pouring water on it. When the impurity disappears the garment is considered to be pure.

May Allah grant you the best of both worlds.

Abdul-Rahim

Checked and approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani.


Do Clear or White Vaginal Discharges Invalidate Wudu?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalam alaykum

Afterr menstruation, I experience the white discharge. However, sometimes, rather than finding actual discharge, I find a lot of water. Does this invalidate wudu?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

Both clear and white are deemed normal colours with respect to vaginal discharge.

Thereafter, and according to the position of Imam Abu Hanifa, such discharge is pure and it does not invalidate your ritual washing (wudu). This is because this discharge is considered akin to sweating.

However, it is more precautionary to renew your ritual washing, when it is reasonably [easily] facilitated for you to do so, in order to avoid the difference of opinion on the matter.

Note that other colours do invalidate your state of ritual purity, and the method of determining colours is to use a kursuf, namely, a piece of cotton or the like placed at the labial lips. [see: How Can I Judge When My Menstrual Period Has Ended?]

[Hartford/Muneeb, Birgivi’s Manual Interpreted (43)]

Please also see: Does Vaginal Discharge Break Wudu? and: Should I Repeat My Prayer Because of Vaginal Discharge?

And Allah Most High alone knows best.

[Ustadh] Tabraze Azam

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Tabraze Azam holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Leicester, where he also served as the President of the Islamic Society. He memorised the entire Qur’an in his hometown of Ipswich at the tender age of sixteen, and has since studied the Islamic Sciences in traditional settings in the UK, Jordan and Turkey. He is currently pursuing advanced studies in Jordan, where he is presently based with his family.

White Discharge and Preventing Discharge from Breaking Wudu

Answered by Ustadha Shaista Maqbool
Question: Asalaamu alaykum,
I recently found out discharge breaks wudu (discolored).
a) Is white discharge considered discolored?
b) I heard about something called Kursuf but I wasn’t given much information on the topic. I heard about using a cotton wool to prevent discharge when traveling for example. Is there anyway to prevent discharge from breaking my wudu? Or is there any advice you could give me on the topic of traveling, discharge and when wudu facilities are not available?
Answer: Wa’alikum assalam wa rahmatullahi,
1- White discharge is not considered discolored so it does not break wudu according to the Hanafi school.
2 – The kursuf is a cotton or similar which a woman place at the vaginal opening between the lips of the vagina to check for blood, this is according to the Hanafi school. Also according to the Hanafi school, discharge does not break wudu, according to the most relied upon opinion, therefore, there is no need to insert a kursuf to prevent discharge.
The information you were given may be according to the Shafi’i school. Discharge, white or clear, breaks wudu in the Shafi’i school. Women may insert the kursuf into the vagina to prevent discharge so they can keep their wudu for longer periods of time. If you adhere to the Shafi’i school, this is a way to keep your wudu when you are travelling.
Nonetheless, even if wudu facilities are not available and you have to make wudu, as long as there is water it should not be too difficult to make wudu.
wasalaam,
Shaista Maqbool
Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani