Nasal mucus does not affect validity of ablution
Fatwa No: 317848

  • Fatwa Date:5-1-2016 - Rabee' Al-Awwal 25, 1437
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Question

Assalaamu alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuhu. When I perform ablution and I have mucus that comes out of my nose and mixes with water on my skin, is my ablution valid? And should this mucus be removed every time it comes out? My mucus is fluid and comes out every time I perform ablution. May Allaah reward you.

Answer

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 ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

This mucus that comes out of one’s nose is pure, and it is not an obligation to wash it off; nevertheless, it is only permissible to wash it off to remove the dirt. Also, if a little bit of mucus is mixed with water, it does not affect its purity.

Moreover, if the water flows on one’s face while there is some mucus and this mucus does not prevent water from reaching the skin of one’s face, then the ablution is still valid.

Allaah knows best.

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