I am aware that non?menstrual discharge breaks wudhu. Can you please clarify the following:
Does one have to change the underwear following the discharge?
Does one have to wash oneself around the area of discharge before performing new wudhu or is wiping with a wet tissue sufficient?
Is it true that if one places a thick layer of cotton into the vagina, and the discharge does not seep through to the cotton onto the panty, then the wudhu is not broken.
If after making fresh wudhu, one begins to make their salah and during the salah you suspect you have had a fresh discharge, should one break their salah and make fresh wudhu. Also should one check after every four or two rakahs to make sure that no fresh discharge has taken place.
In the name of Allah, the most Beneficent, the most Merciful.
Discharge is considered as Najaasat Ghaleeza (heavy type of impurity) and washing is wajib, if the impurity covers an area greater than the size of a dirham. If it is less than a dirham, then the salah performed in this manner will be discharged. This does not mean one should leave minor impurities on one’s clothes, as to perform salah without washing even the minimum allowed limit is makruh. (Nurul Idaah p.51 –p.54 & p.88)
It will be best to wash it, in particular, if water is readily available, otherwise, wet wipes or wet tissues would be sufficient as the skin does not absorb fluids, so by wiping it with a wet cloth will be satisfactory. (Nurul Idah p.54)
If a woman is suffering from regular vaginal discharge then one should insert a tampon, pad, and cotton inside to prevent the discharge from coming. Until the discharge does not show on the area of the pad, which is beyond the inner part of the vagina, wudhu will not break. (Fatawa Mahmoodiyah p.197 v.16)
If the discharge is continuous to the extent that you are unable to do wudhu and read the compulsory rakaats of the fardh prayer you will be considered a Mazoor.
A Ma’zoor shall make Wudhu for every Fardh Salah. The wudhu of a Ma’zoor remains valid for the duration of the Salah time and all the factors which break wudhu besides the factor responsible for making one Ma’zoor, will nullify the wudhu of a Ma’zoor. (Ahsanul Fatawa p.77 v.2 & Fatawa Darul Uloom Deoband p.298 v.1)
Only Allah Knows Best
Mohammed Tosir Miah
Darul Ifta Birmingham