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Salaah with Dried Blood on the Clothing

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Sayyiduna Abu Malik al-Ash’ari reported that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam said, “Cleanliness is half of faith and alHamdu Lillah (Praise be to Allah) fills the scale, and Subhan Allah (Glory be to Allah) and alHamdu Lillah (Praise be to Allah) fills up the space between the heavens and the earth, and prayer is a light, and charity is proof (of one’s faith) and patience is a brightness and the Holy Qur’an is a proof on your behalf or against you. Every person begins the morning trading his soul. There are those who free their souls (from the fire of Jahannum) or those who destroy them.” (Muslim)




Question and Answer:


  1. With the recent Eid celebrations we noticed that many of those performing Qurbani read Salaah with clothing that had dried blood on it.Is this permissible? 


(Question published as received)


The blood that flows from a Qurbani animal upon slaughter is impure. If it comes on the skin or clothes and is more than the size of a Dirham*, then it will not be permissible to perform Salaah without washing it off. Salaah performed with this amount of blood on the body or clothing, whether the blood has dried or not, is invalid and will have to be repeated. This ruling applies to the blood that is released from the time of slaughter until the blood stops dripping from the animal.


The residual blood that, thereafter, remains in the meat of the animal is not considered impure. If this blood comes onto the body or clothing, it will not render the body or clothing impure. (Hindiyyah Vol. 1 pg. 46)


*Dirham refers to the Islamic silver coin that was approx. 2.75mm in diameter. (Ahsanul Fataawa Vol. 1 pg. 89) 

It is equivalent to the size of the old 50 cent coin and is 2mm larger than the current R5 coin(South Africa).


And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

Mufti Moosa Salie

(The answer hereby given is specifically based on the question asked and should be read together with the question asked. Islamic rulings on this Q&A newsletter are answered in accordance to the Hanafi Fiqh.) 


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