Eye gunk

Nov 4, 2023 | Salat (Prayer), Taharah (Purity)


Assalamu alaykum.

Despite trying my best to wash my face properly, especially around my eyes, I often find some gunk left in the corner of my eye. This could be dry little pieces, or wet mucus. Is my wudhu valid if I find it there a while after performing ablution, and is my salah valid if I notice small pieces of gunk after completing the salah or while in the middle of it? I can confirm it’s much less than a quarter of my face as well, if that plays a part in this. I’m not sure if that gunk is there from before salah, or appears after it (most likely the former). Uptil now, I have been constantly repeating my salah whenever I notice it, please let me know if that is necessary. Jazakumullahu Khairan


If you are mindful that the gunk is washed way during wudu’, then you should rest assured that the wudu’ and subsequent salat will be valid.

The gunk is not a breaker of wudu’. So if the gunk does emerge after performing wudu’, your wudu’ will not break. As such, the salat would not have to be repeated.

الدر المختار (ص: 26): (لا) يجب (غسل ما فيه حرج كعين)

فتح القدير (1/ 39): وفي مبسوط شيخ الإسلام: تورم رأس الجرح فظهر به قيح ونحوه لا ينقض ما لم يجاوز الورم؛ لأنه لا يجب غسل موضع الورم فلم يتجاوز إلى موضع يلحقه حكم التطهير، ثم الجرح والنقطة وماء الثدي والسرة والأذن إذا كان لعلة سواء على الأصح، وعلى هذا قالوا: من رمدت عينه وسال الماء منها وجب عليه الوضوء

Answered by:
Ifta Research Fellow

Checked & Approved by:
Mufti Abdul Rahman Mangera
Mufti Zubair Patel