How To Do Wudu
31st January 2016
Ablution Meaning
31st January 2016

How To Perform Wudu

Wudu is an important part of the Islamic religion. It is a partial ablution and cleansing of the extremities that must be performed before attending formal prayers or holding the Islamic holy book the Quran. All Muslims learn how to perform wudu as it is a vital part of their religion. It is said by Islamic scholars that “When the Muslim man performs the ablution, mistakes committed by his hearing, his sight, his hands and his feet leave him so that when he sits, he sits forgiven.”

Wudu is divided into a number of different steps that Muslims need to follow in order to complete their Wudu. Following these Wudu steps soon becomes second nature to most Muslims, and as they are fairly simple they are easy to remember and incorporate into your daily life.

Wudu Steps

If you want to know how to perform Wudu these steps are a simple guide to performing the obligatory acts known as the fard of Wudu:

To start your Wudu you should make your intentions “Niyyah” to cleanse yourself, and say Bismillah which is a short prayer to Allah to announce your intention to begin the purification.

1 – Obligatory parts of wudoo’, which are as follows:

(i)                Washing the face completely once, which includes rinsing the mouth and nose.

(ii)              Washing the arms up to the elbows, once.

(iii)            Wiping the entire head, including the ears.

(iv)            Washing the feet up to ankles, once.

What is meant by once in all the above is that the entire part of the body mentioned must be washed thoroughly.

(v)              This must be done in order, so one washes the face first, then the arms, then wipes the head, then washes the feet, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) did wudoo’ in this order.

(vi)            This must be done continuously, i.e., the parts of the body must be washed one after the other with no lengthy interruption between washing one part and the next.

These are the obligatory parts of wudoo’ which must be done in order for wudoo’ to be sound.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

The evidence for these obligatory parts of wudoo’ is the aayah in which Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

2 – Mustahabb parts of wudoo’. These were narrated in the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), the details of which are as follows:

(i)                You must have the intention of purifying yourself and removing impurity. The intention should not be spoken out loud for its place is in the heart. This applies to all acts of worship.

(ii)              You should say Bismillaah.

(iii)            Then you should wash your hands three times

(iv)            Then you should rinse your mouth three times, swirling the water around inside your mouth, and rinse your nose three times, blowing the water out and using the left hand to remove the water from your nose.

(v)              You should wash you face three times, from the hairline to the jawbone and chin, and from ear to ear. A man should wash the hair of his beard because it is part of the face. If his beard is thin he has to wash it inside and out, and if it is thick and covers the skin, he should wash the surface of it only and run his wet fingers through it.

(vi)            Then he should wash his arms up to the elbows three times. The arm extends from the fingertips, including the nails, to the lower part of the upper arm. It is essential to remove anything stuck to the hands before washing them, such as dough, mud, paint, etc, that could prevent the water from reaching the skin.

(vii)          Then after that he should wipe his head and ears once with fresh water, not the water left over from washing his arms. The way in which the head is to be wiped is that you put your wet hands at the front of your head and bring them to the back of your head, then bring them back to the place where you started. Then put your index fingers in your ears and wipe the back of the ears with your thumbs. With regard to a woman’s hair, she should wipe it whether it is loose or braided from the front of her head to the roots of the hair at the nape of her neck, but she does not have to wipe the entire length of her hair.

(viii)        Then you should wash your feet three times up to the ankles, namely the bones at the bottom of the leg.


There are also a number of things you can do which, whilst not obligatory to the process, are recommended. These include choosing a clean and quiet place to perform Wudu, not engaging in any worldly talk whilst undertaking Wudu and not wasting any water. Whilst you do not have to do these (and sometimes it may not be practical to do so) they are considered to make your Wudu stronger.

Once you have performed these steps you will be considered clean again and able to undertake formal prayers. If you need any further guidance on how to perform Wudu it is always a good idea to speak to your Imam.

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