Category: Jurisprudence and Rulings (Fiqh)
Fatwa#: 38386
Asked Country: South Africa

Answered Date: Jul 31,2017

Title: What is the ruling when the eye gets sore and waters due to something going into the eye?


السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته I would like to seek clarification on a matter that greatly confuses me. I have read in Bahisti Zewar that "If there is pain in the eyes and they are sore and in addition to this water or tears come out, then too wudhu will break (as in the case of pink eyes)" My question is whether when my eye waters due to an eyelash getting stuck in it, dust flies in it, my finger mistakenly pokes it or when a hair gets in it or when something jabs at it and it becomes sore and begins to water for a brief period, will this water also be impure and will wudhu need to be repeated or is this watering only restricted to when there is an infection in the eye like in pink eyes? I'm fairly certain that in the above scenarios, no infection has occurred. جزاك الله خيرا


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, The Most Merciful.

As-salaamu `alaykum wa-ramatullahi wa-barakatuh.

If one is in the state of wudhu and water comes out of one`s eyes due to an infection, sore or a wound, that will invalidate the wudhu. If water comes out of one`s eyes due to discomfort of dirt or an eyelash etc, that will not invalidate the wudhu.[i]

And Allah Ta`ala Knows Best.

Hussein Muhammad.

Student Darul Iftaa


Checked and Approved by:

Mufti Ebrahim Desai.


[i] Fataawa Rheemiyya, Vol 4, Pg 25.                                                                                                                        

Fataawa Mahmudiyya, Vol 8, Pg 137.

Masaail Rif`at Qaasmi, Vol 1, Pg 89.

App ke Masaail or un ka Hal, Vol 2, Pg 45.

Shaami, Vol 1, Pg 147(رد المحتار)

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