Discharges Emitted from the Eyes Are Pure
Fatwa No: 461185

Question

Is discharge from eye pure? If it is come in contact in cloth / body/ other things ,will it be impure? Does purity or impurity depends on colour of eye discharge?If during washing face in ablution this discharge comes out & spread all over the face & hand ,all of those things will be impure and ablution ,prayer will be cancelled? This seems difficult. If it is impure ,what can I do so that it doesn't cause difficulty in ablution & prayer? Can you clarify it please?

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

These discharges from the eyes are pure and do not render impure the body or garment that is stained by them, and they do not invalidate ablution when they are emitted.

We do not know any scholars who has ever said that the discharges emitted from the eyes are impure. But if these discharges are too much to an extent that they prevent water from reaching what is beneath them from the face, then it is an obligation to remove them.

An-Nawawi  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said:

The discharges of the eyes should be washed without any difference of opinion. If they have any dirt that prevents water from reaching the place that must be washed from the face, then it must be wiped out and what is under it must be washed, otherwise whipping them out is desirable.” [End of quote]

Allah knows best.

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