Do Clothes Worn during Periods become Impure?

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Fatwa ID: 02189

Answered by: Maulana Eunus Ali




Suppose my menses/period of 7 days is complete and I only take a normal bath. I do not perform Ghusl to become paak and then I wear fresh clothes [not the same clothes which I wore during my periods]. Will these clothes become impure? Do I need to wash and purify them or can I wear them without purifying after ghusl? Also, can I pray in the same clothes without purifying/washing them?


بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful





Mu'adhah said: "I asked 'Aishah raḍyAllāhu 'anha (may Allāh be pleased with her) about the menstruating woman whose garment was touched by blood. She said: 'She should wash it, then if its traces are still left, let her change it (the spot) with (something) yellowish in colour. And I have had my menstruation during the time of the Messenger of Allah three times without washing my garment."[1]

Asma' daughter of Abu Bakr said: I heard a woman asking the Messenger of Allah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him): What should any of us do with her cloth (in which she menstruated) when she becomes purified? Can she pray in that (cloth)?

He said: She should see; if she finds blood in it, she should scratch it with some water and sprinkle upon it (some water) and pray so long as she does not find (any blood).[2]

From the above Ahadith and others, we can conclude that it will only be necessary to purify the clothing after the monthly menses when it is stained with blood or any other impurities.

If there is no trace of blood found on the clothing, then it will not be necessary to wash and purify the clothing and salah will also be permissible in them.[3]



Only Allah knows best

Written by Molana Eunus Ali

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham


[1]Sunan Abu Dawood: 357


[2]Sunan Abu Dawood: 360


[3]Sharh Sunan Abi Dawood of Allamah Badr Ad-Din Al-‘Ayni, Volume 2, Page 186, Matabatur Rushd & Bazhlul Majhood Fi Hilli Sunan Abi Dawood, Volume 2, Page 578, Darul Bashair Al-Islamiyyah



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