Ablution (Wudu) Using Sea Waters; A Best Explanation

Islamic Law News: Ablution (Wudu) Using Sea Waters ~ Hi all readers! Praise Allah Taala we can meet again. In some long time, I was unable to post articles for several reasons. I apologize to all of you for that.

In this article I will explain the law of ablution (wudu) using sea waters. Of course, we all know, that the sea contains many things, including plants, animals, fish, and even garbage. Besides that, it’s also not uncommon for people to cringe and throw feces there. Maybe for people who do not know about the law of sea water will ask, is it permissible for sea water, which is mixed with all of that, to be used for ablution? In Islam, the ablution (wudu) must use holy water. Is sea water like that holy?

For those of you who don’t know about that, don’t worry. Pay attention! There are hadiths from the prophet Muhammad that we can use to answer the questions above. The hadith is below;

عَنْ أَبِيْ هُرَيْرَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ : قَالَ رَسُوْلُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فِيْ الْبَحْرِ : هُوَ الطَّهُوْرُ مَاؤُهُ الْحِلُّ مَيْتَتُهُ . أَخْرَجَهُ الْأَرْبَعَةُ وَابْنُ أَبِيْ شَيْبَةَ

From Abu Hurairah radliyallahu anhu, he said, “The Messenger of Allaah sallallahu alaihi wa sallam said, “The sea is holy and the carcass is halal.” The hadith is narrated by four people (Abu Daud, at-Tirmidhi, an-Nasa’I, and Ibn Majah).


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If we pay attention to the hadith above, we will know that sea water is holy and can be used for ablution (wudu). In a history explained, that the Prophet said the hadith as an answer to the question that was asked to him, “O Messenger of Allah, we have boarded a ship and we only carry a little water. If we use the water for ablution (wudu), then we are thirsty. Can we do ablution using sea water? “He then explained to people who asked, that the sea water was holy. In addition, he also added another explanation, that the sea carcass was sacred, may be eaten.

Actually, the above hadith explain many things to us, including;

One; Someone who does not know a problem is required to ask people who know it. In the context of the hadith there are some people who do not know about the law of using sea water for ablution (wudu). They asked that to the Prophet. He then explained the law to them.

Two; You may sail above the sea even though it is not specifically for worship, for example on vacation, because people ask, in the context of the hadith, to sail to catch fish.

Three; If someone is worried about thirst, then he may not use the water prepared for drinking to cleanse. In the hadith the Prophet confirmed the attitude of the questioner who kept water for drinking and did not use it for ablution (wudu).

Four; The sea water is holy and can remove small unclean and unclean unclean.

Five; Fish do not need to be slaughtered because Allah Taala has justified the carcass. This applies to all aquatic animals.

Six; We may eat the carcass of the sea. That is, sea animals, not land carcasses are then dumped into the sea. This is important! Remember that!

Seven; We may answer questions with answers more than needed as long as they are useful.

Before I conclude this article, I want to explain one important thing about the hadith above, that the hadith above is one of the important arguments in the discussion about purification which contains many important laws and rules. In addition, the person who related the hadith is Abu Hurairah. He was one of the leaders of the companions of the Prophet Muhammad. His real name is Abdurrahman bin Shakr al-Yamani ad-Dausi. He converted to Islam in the seventh year of Hijria. He has narrated 5374 hadiths. He is the best friend of the Prophet Muhammad who narrated the hadith. He died in 78 hijria and was buried in Medina.

I think that is enough for this article about ablution (wudu) using sea waters. Hopefully the brief explanation above is useful for all of us. Amen!

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