Masah over plasters

Q: Recently, I have had two blisters on my arm very close to each other which ooze with pus. When I wash them, the pus starts coming out again. So I put plasters over both these blisters after the pus stopped flowing out. When it comes to doing wudhu, this is where I don’t know what to do. I have read, one can do masah over the plaster but the problem in my case is that the skin area between the 2 plasters for the 2 blisters is very narrow & I must wash this skin area - if I do then the plaster gets wet and so does the top of the blister. This is an issue as then the blister could get re-activated with the presence of water and the pus will start oozing out again. It is more of an issue when pus has oozeed out under the blister and is visible on the plaster. If water falls on the plaster then I will be spreading impurity (oozed out pus) along the plaster. So how do I go on washing the narrow skin area between the 2 plasters without getting the plasters too wet resulting in water seeping into the plaster (as it’s a breathable plaster so it has tiny holes for air)?

Another question is that have the Fuqahaa allowed masah on the plaster even over those areas which are not wounded - is this correct? What if one has an assortment of plasters - some big, some small? Will this mean he can do masah over them both without needing to wash the skin underneath which may be washed easily but the plaster would need to be peeled off slightly.

In my case, suppose I covered the 2 spots with a huge plaster - there would be a lot of skin Under the plaster that is not wounded. Would this absolve me of washing the skin? Does the masah rukhsah refer to the areas immediately around the wound?

A: It is permissible for you to make masah over both the plasters. As for the area in between both the plasters, then you should wet that area. However, if the area is narrow and you fear that through putting water on it, the water can affect the plaster and delay the healing process, then it is permissible to make masah over the entire area including the area in between the two plasters.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

(ويمسح) نحو (مفتصد وجريح على كل عصابة) مع فرجتها في الأصح (إن ضره) الماء

(قوله: مع فرجتها في الأصح) أي الموضع الذي لم تستره العصابة بين العصابة فلا يجب غسله خلافا لما في الخلاصة بل يكفيه المسح كما صححه في الذخيرة وغيرها إذ لو غسل ربما تبتل جميع العصابة وتنفذ البلة إلى موضع الجرح وهذا من الحسن بمكان نهر (قوله: إن ضره الماء) أي الغسل به أو المسح على المحل ط (رد المحتار 1/281)

الفرجة التي تبقى من اليدين بين عقدتي العصابة يكفيها المسح وهو الأصح. هكذا في شرح الوقاية وفي الصغرى وهو الأصح وعليه الفتوى (الفتاوى الهندية 1/35)

وشمل كلامه عصابة المفتصد وفي الخلاصة وإيصال الماء إلى الموضع الذي لم تستره العصابة بين العصابة فرض لأنها بادية اهـ ومنهم من قال لا ويكفيه المسح وعليه مشى في مختارات النوازل وفي الذخيرة وغيرها وهو الأصح لأنه لو كلف غسل ذلك الموضع ربما تبتل جميع العصابة وتنفذ البلة إلى موضع الفصد فيتضرر وفي تتمة الفتاوى الصغرى وإذا علم يقينا أن موضع الفصد قد انسد يلزمه غسل ذلك الموضع ولا يجزئه المسح اه (البحر الرائق 1/197)

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)