When teeth bleeding necessitates washing mouth
Fatwa No: 216835


salaam aleikoum dear shaykh, Many times when I use a stick to clean my teeth in the car they bleed, then i get veru distressed because blood is najis. Can I get rid of this blood by spitting it out and then it's taahir/clean or it it required that I first go to a bathroom and clean it with water to not extend the najasah with is in my mouth? jazaka Allahu gairan. wassalamoe aleikoum


All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, is His Slave and Messenger.

If the blood is much and flows in a way that it is difficult for you to wash it whenever it bleeds, then it is sufficient for you to spit it and you are not required to wash it; otherwise, wash it because the basic ruling is that it is obligatory to wash the mouth from impurity as stated in Mughni Al-Muhtaaj: "The mouth should be washed from impurity."

Asnaa Al-Mataalib which is one of the Shaafi‘i books reads: "Al-Athra‘i said that it is likely that whoever suffers a lot from gum bleeding, to the extent that it always or often occurs, he is excused due to having what is difficult for him to avoid, and it is sufficient for him to spit it, and its remnants are also pardoned, and he is not obliged to wash the blood all day because it is assumed that the gum always bleeds or bleeds from time to another and it may increase if he washes it." [End quote]

Similarly, Fat-h Al-'Aliyy Al-Maalik which is one of the Maaliki books reads: "(I have received this question:) "What is your opinion regarding the one whose gums or teeth bleed uncontrollably, is it obligatory on him to spit it? Is he commanded to wash blood from his mouth? Or if he swallows it while he is fasting, will that break his fasting or what is the solution? Please, answer us." I have answered that question saying: "All perfect praise be to Allaah and peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, the Messenger of Allaah. If that bleeding is abundant and does not stop, then it will be pardoned and one will not be ordered to spit it or wash it."" [End quote]

Allaah Knows best.

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