This is the process of cleaning your body parts before prayer/ worship. Being in ablution is being is a state of spiritual cleanliness.

Allah says in the Qur’an, “O you who believe, when you rise for prayer, wash your faces and your hands up to the elbows and lightly rub your heads and (wash) your feet up to the ankles.

(al-Mai’dah 6)

This is the simplest basic way of making ablution as taught by Allah the Exulted. ( intent is a must)


( Both are valid ways of ablution)

Wudu (Ablution): How to Perform

  1. Say “Bismillah” (in the Name of Allah)
  2. Wash hands 3 times
    • Use left hand to wash right hand, up to and including the wrist, 3 times.
    • Then, use right hand to wash left hand, up to and including the wrist, 3 times;
  3. Rinse water in mouth 3 times;
    • Cup right hand with water and put in mouth, then spit it out, 3 times.
  4. Snuff water in nose 3 times;
  5. Wash face 3 times
  6. Wash forearms 3  times
    • Wipe right forearm with left hand, all the way up to and including the elbow, 3 times.
    • Wipe left forearm with right hand, all the way up to and including the elbow, 3 times.
  7. Wipe water over head/hair 1 time or 3 times ( both are ok)
    • It has been recorded that the Prophet used to wipe his head three different ways:
      1. Wiping all of his head. ‘Abdullah ibn Zaid reported that the Prophet(swa) wiped his entire head with his hands. He started with the front of his head, then moved to the back, and then returned his hands to the front.
      2. Wiping over the turban only.
        • Said ‘Amru ibn Umayyah, “I saw the Messenger of Allah (swa) wipe over his turban and shoes.” (Related by Ahmad, al-Bukhari and Ibn Majah).
        • Bilal reported that the Prophet (pbuh) said,    ” Wipe over your shoes and head covering. (Related by Ahmad.)
      3. Wiping over the front portion of the scalp and the turban. Al-Mughirah ibn Shu’bah said that the Messenger of Allah, upon whom be peace, made ablution and wiped over the front portion of his scalp, his turban and his socks. (Related by Muslim.) There is, however, no strong hadith that he wiped over part of his head, even though al-Ma’idah: apparently implies it. It is also not sufficient just to wipe over locks of hair that proceed from the head or along the sides of the head.
    • If you are a female and a non-mahram male (or any non-Muslim who you believe may describe you to others) may see you (such as in a public bathroom, etc.), do not remove your hijab or nikab… keep it on and wipe over it.
  8. Wipe the inside and back of ears 1 time
    •       Wash both ears at the same time   
  9. Washing the feet:
  •       Wash right foot, including the ankle, with left hand, 3 times.     
  •       Wipe between each toe on right foot, with left hand pinky, 1 time.     
  •       Wash left foot, including the ankle, with right hand, 3 times.     
  •       Wipe between each toe on left foot, with right hand pinky, 1 time.     

(Note) Ablution can/may be applied once or three times. Three times is an option but recommended

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