How to Perform Wudhu?
2. Make your Intention for wudhu and that it will be performed solely for Allaah.
3. Say “Bismillaah”.
… 4. Wash your hands to your wrists three times each, right then left.
5. Wash your mouth three times, then wash inside of your nose (3 times).
6. Wash your face three times including your beard (your face includes everything between your ears and from your hairline of your forehead to your chin).
7. Wash your forearms from your finger tips until past your elbows on both sides, starting with right and then left.
8. Wipe your hair with water starting from the front to back and back to the front.
9. Wipe both of your ears.
10. Wash both of your feet from the tips of your toes to a little past your ankles (3 Times).
11. All areas such as the face, forearms, and feet need to have water touch Every single spot of the skin to have the wudhu valid.
12. Maintain the mentioned order. Do not waste water.
Important Points on Wudhu:
1. Much virtue is attached to Wudhu which is properly performed as can be noted from the following saying of the Prophet (SAW):“ A person who performs Wudhu properly will have his sins removed from his body, so much that the sins are removed even from underneath his nails” (Reported by Imam Muslim).
2. Having completed the Wudhu, the person may recite the “SHAHADA”, i.e. the words of witness and the supplication for concluding the Wudhu as follows: ASHHADUANLAA ILAHA ILLA-LAAHU WA ASH-HADU ANNA MUHAMMADAN ABDUHU WA RASUULUHU. ALLAHUMMA IJ’ALNII MINA T-A WABIIN WA IJ’ALNII MINA-L MUTAHIRIIN, which means: I bear witness that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is His servant and messenger… O Lord, make me among those who return to you in repentance and of those who are undefiled. Regarding the virtue of the above supplication, the leader of the faithful, Umar lbn-ul Khattab (R A) reported the Prophet (SAW) as saying:“ If anyone performs the Wudhu completely and then says, I testify that there is no god but Allah alone, He has no partner: and I testify that Muhammad is His servant and messenger, the eight gates of Paradise will be opened for him and may enter by whichever of the
gates he wishes” (Related by Imam Muslim).
3. When performing Wudhu, it is recommended to let the water reach beyond the area required to be washed (e.g., when washing the arms the person may wash beyond the elbows or beyond the ankles when washing the feet). Great virtue has been attached to this fact, as can be noted from the following saying of the Prophet (SAW):
“ My nation (Ummah) will be called (distinguished) on the Day of Judgement as a people
with bright faces and limbs from the effect of their Wudhu practices. Therefore, anyone of you who wishes to increase his brightness may do so (by washing beyond the required areas when performing Wudhu)” (Reported by lmams Bukhari and Muslim).
4. The importance of the Miswak, the Prophet (SAW) said:“ If it had not been too great a burden on my Ummah, I would have ordered them to use the Miswak at every Wudhu” (Reported by Imam Malik).
Matters which Invalidate the Wudhu:
The person will remain in a state of Wudhu until any of the following matters is committed:
Passing of excrement, urine or wind. When someone passes urine and/or excrement, it becomes mandatory upon such a person to remove the foulness of these things before performing Wudhu. Pure water should be used for this purpose, but in case, it is not available after earnest search for it, the person may resort to the use of certain dry objects, such as stones, dry woods and tissue paper to remove the filth. This is known as “Istijmaar”. Odd numbers of the object to be used is preferred, such as 3, 5, etc. The person should ensure that no drops of urine or stains of foulness are left on his/her body or clothes. However, in the case of persons afflicted with permanent wetting or permanent passing of wind, or of women who are suffering from prolonged flows of blood, such persons are required to perform Wudhu only once before the start of each prayer and their Wudhu would remain valid even if the above problems may occur later in the course of the prayer.
Eating of camel’s meat.
Sleeping in which the person losses consciousness.
Loss of consciousness resulting from insanity, fainting, etc.
Touching of the sexual organs intentionally, directly and unclothed.