Are Wudu and Ghusl Valid When There Is Dried Blood on Wound?

19 March, 2018
Q If there is dried blood on a small wound on any part of the body that is washed during wudu, does that prevent the water reaching the skin? Should it be removed?


In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. 

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger. 

In this fatwa:

If there is dried blood on the body, you do not have to remove it when you make wudu.

Answering your question, the Fatwa Center at Islam Q and A, states:

What appears to be the case is that this layer of blood that forms over the wound comes under the same ruling as skin, because it is attached to the body, and removing it is harmful.

So it is sufficient to wash its outer surface, and you do not have to remove it.

An-Nawawi (may Allah have mercy on him) said in Al-Majmu` (2/232):

“Abu Al-Layth al-Hanafi said in his Nawazil: If someone has an ulcer and it becomes raised, and its surface becomes raised, and the edges of the ulcer are attached to the skin, except the part from which pus comes out, so it is raised and the water cannot reach what is beneath its outer layer, then his wudu is valid.”

We read in Hashiyat al-Bujayrami `ala al-Khateeb (1/128) that Al-Qaffal said: “Accumulation of dirt on a part of the body does not cancel out the validity of wudu and it does not have to be removed if it has become a part of the body, because it is not possible to separate it from the body. What is meant by its having become like a part of the body is that it cannot be distinguished from the body in the eye of the beholder.”

If the dirt has become attached to the body to the extent that it has become a part of it, it does not have to be removed, so it is more appropriate that the layer covering a wound should not be removed than in the case of dirt.

Almighty Allah knows best.