HOW TO PERFORM WUDU
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Wudu is the Islamic procedure for washing parts of the body, a type
of ritual purification. Wudu involves washing the hands, mouth,
nostrils, arms, head, and feet with water, and is an important part
of ritual purity in Islam. What activities require wu?u?, what rituals
constitute it, and what breaks or invalidates it are governed by fiqh
(Islamic jurisprudence) and specifically its rules concerning hygiene.
Wudu is typically done in preparation for formal prayers (salat), and also
before handling and reading the Qur'an. Impurifying activities that
invalidate wudu include urination, defecation, breaking wind, deep sleep,
and light bleeding.
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Wudu is required before praying (salah)
1. Center yourself and quiet your thoughts.
Focus on what you're doing.
Make the intention.
2. Wash or rinse each of following areas three times: right
hand, left hand, mouth, nose, face, lower forearms.
3. Wash your head and the inside/outside of yours ears once.
4. Wash your feet three times, beginning with the right foot.
5. Point your right index finger to the sky, and recite a
brief prayer of witness.
Make niyyah (Intention) to perform Wudu. Niyyah is the Islamic
concept of performing an act for the sake of Allah. To truly perform
Wudu, you should center yourself and quiet your thoughts, focusing
seriously on what you are doing.
Niyyah doesn't necessarily involve saying anything out loud, but
focusing on the phrase "Bismillah" (In the name of Allah) is a good
way to accomplish the centering necessary. Say it out loud or silently
to yourself, whichever makes you comfortable.
Wash your hands. Use your left hand to wash your right hand. Do this
three times. After that, use your right hand to wash your left hand three
times. Make sure to wash in between your fingers and all the way up to
Take water into your mouth. Use your right hand to cup water into your
mouth three times. Swish it around in your cheeks and the back of your
throat. Do this thoroughly to get all the remaining food in your mouth out.
Inhale water into your nose. Use your right hand to cup water and inhale
it into your nose three times. You can use your left hand to close one nostril
and blow out if you need to. Snort sharply and abruptly without taking too much
water into your nose and choking yourself. If you cannot inhale water into your
nose, you can wet your fingers and put water on the lower part of your nostril.
Make sure to use safe water to perform this ritual; in some warmer areas of the
world, water may contain naegleria fowleri, an amoeba that, if inhaled into
the nostrils, can cause a rare but usually fatal type of brain infection. Even
tap water may be contaminated; to avoid this illness, boil water for one minute
(three minutes at higher elevations) and leave it to cool before rinsing your
nose with the water.
Wash your face. Wash your face three times by spreading your hands from your
right ear to the left, and from the edge of the hair to the chin.
Wash your lower arms from wrists to elbows, leaving no part dry. From your
wrist to your elbow, wash your right arm with your left hand three times and
then wash your left arm with your right hand three times.
Clean your head. Using your wet hands, gently wipe your forehead from the
eyebrow to the hairline. Also wipe down your hair, the back of your neck,
and your temples. Do this one time.
Wipe your ears inside and out. With the same water, use your finger to
clean all the crevices of your ear. Use your thumb to clean behind your
ears from the bottom upward. This is also done one time.
Wash each of your feet. Clean up to the the ankles and be sure water goes
between the toes. Use your pinky finger and go through each toe to eliminate
anything between. Start with your right foot and scrub each foot three times.
While pointing the right index finger to the sky, recite a brief prayer of
witness (optional). Generally, the prayer is as follows: "Ash-hadu anlaa
ilaaha illALLAHu wahdahuu laa shariikalahu, wa ash-hadu anna
Muhammadan'abduhuu wa rasuuluhu."
In English, this is translated as "I bear witness that there is no deity
other than Allah alone; He is One; He has no partner and I bear witness that
(Hadrat) Muhammad (sallallahu ala Muhammadu sallallahu alaihu Wasallam) is
His (chosen) servant and (true) Messenger."
Repeat Wudu after it has been nullified. Actions that nullify Wudu include
natural discharges, including urination, defecation, excessive bleeding, and
gas. Deep sleep also nullifies Wudu.
After intercourse, re-performing Wudu alone is not enough to be able to perform
Salat. There is another form of purification that must be performed known as Ghusul.
How to Perform Wudu
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Ablution in Quraan n Sunnah
Ablutions (wuḍūʾ) translation of Sahih al-Bukhari
The Book of Purification (Kitab Al-Taharah)
How to Make Wudu
How to perform ablution (wuzu) prio to Salah (prayer in Islam)
How to perform wuḍūʾ according to Sunni
HOW TO Perform Wudhu
Laws of Islam Concerning Ritual Purity and Cleanliness
Ritual Purity in the Qur’an, hadith and fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence)
Things That Nullify Wudu
What is Wudu (Ablution)?
wuḍūʾ details from Teachings of Islam (Talim-ul-Haq)
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