Cervical Mucus, Vaginal Discharge and Wudu

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Do cervical mucus or vaginal discharge break the wudu?

Answered by: Mufti Abdurrahman ibn Yusuf

Assalamu alaykum

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious Most Merciful

There is a difference of opinion among the scholars concerning Cervical mucus or vaginal discharge. Since it comes from the cervix which is the “farj dakhil” in Arabic, according to Imam Abu Hanifa, it is not impure and does not break the wudu. According to his two students, Imam Abu Yusuf and Imam Muhammad, it is impure and will break the wudu. Hence, there is a difference of opinion.

Some of the later scholars based the rulings on the first view and others based it on the second view.

What we can say for now is that if a women experiences excessive discharge, she could go by the first opinion of it being pure, and will not have to renew her wudu each time it happens. However, if it is experienced very infrequently, then it would be preferable to wash up and renew the wudu due to the other opinion which is more precautionary.

Also, in the case of the first women, if she is at home and has time to wash up, it would be preferable to do so, but in other situations she does not need to.

This is all concerning the discharge which is not discolored. As for the discharge which is discolored due to thrush or any other ailment, or the discharge due to excitement, then it will be considered impure and nullify the wudu.

Allah knows best.
Mufti Abdurrahman ibn Yusuf

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