Ahkam in Brief – Wudhu
Wudhu is an act of worship which is needed for saying the daily prayers.
It’s also needed for other rituals, such as the tawaf around the Ka’ba during hajj or umrah, touching the writing of the Holy Qur’an and few other rituals.
Wudhu is performed with water. The water must be:
So now, how to perform wudhu?
There are four general steps:
1-Washing of the Face
2-Washing of the Arms
3-Wiping of the Head
4-Wiping of the Feet
And now let’s get to know them in details:
First of all, your “intention” should be to seek proximity to Allah and nothing else.
Then, wash your face from the head’s hairline above the forehead, to the chin vertically. And horizontally, as much as the expanse of your hand between the thumb and the middle finger.
Note that, you should do the washing from the top to the bottom of the face, without the need to soak thick beard hair, if you have it
Secondly, wash your right arm from the elbow to the fingertips, using the left hand. The direction of washing should be from the elbow down to the fingertips.
Repeat this step for the left arm, this time using your right hand.
Third, wipe with your right hand while it is still wet, the front of your hair, preferably with the palm of the hand, starting from the top of the head to the hairline excluding the forehead.
Note that the wiping area should be completely dry before this step.
You can wipe the hair with no need to wipe the scalp.
Fourth, while both hands are still wet from the previous steps, wipe your right foot with your right hand, from the toes to the ankle.
Repeat this and wipe your left foot with your left hand.
Note that the wiping parts should be dry and you are not allowed to use new tap water for these steps.
That’s it! The Wudhu is Done! and Now you are in the state of Tahara.
There are a few general instructions which you have to observe performing your wudhu:
Finally, a question, what invalidates the Wudhu?
There are seven things which invalidates it:
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