Praise be to Allaah.
What comes out of a woman
may be maniy, madhiy or regular discharge, which is called “moisture”. Each
of these has its own characteristics and rulings that apply to it.
1 – With regard to maniy:
It is thin and yellow. This is
the description that is narrated from the Prophet (peace and blessings
of Allaah be upon him): “The water of the man is thick and white, and the
water of the woman is thin and yellow.” Narrated by Muslim (311).
It may be white for some women.
It smells like pollen, and the
smell of pollen is similar to the smell of dough.
There is pleasure when it is
emitted, and desire ceases immediately after it is emitted.
It is not stipulated that
all three characteristics appear at once, rather one is sufficient for the
ruling on maniy to apply. This was stated by al-Nawawi in al-Majmoo’
With regard to madhiy:
It is white and thin, and
is emitted when feeling desire either when thinking or otherwise, but no
pleasure is felt when it is emitted, and desire does not cease when it is
With regard to moisture:
This is the discharge that
comes from the uterus; it is clear and a woman may not notice it. Women vary
in the amount they emit.
With regard to the
differences with regard to rulings between these three things (maniy, madhiy
Maniy is taahir (pure) and
it is not essential to wash it from one’s clothes, but one must do ghusl
after it is emitted, whether that happened when one was asleep or awake,
whether it was due to intercourse, an erotic dream or anything else.
Madhiy is najis (impure)
and must be washed off if it gets onto the body. As for clothes, if madhiy
gets onto them it is sufficient to purify them by sprinkling them with
water. The emission of madhiy invalidates wudoo’ but it is not essential to
do ghusl after it is emitted.
As for moisture, it is
taahir and it need not be washed off, and clothes need not be washed if it
gets onto them. But it invalidates wudoo’, unless it is continuous, in which
case a woman should do wudoo’ for every prayer after the time for it begins,
after which it will not matter if there is any moisture.
For more information,
please see the answers to questions no.
And Allaah knows best.