Ablution (Wudu) Using Sea Waters ~ Hi all readers! Praise Allah Taala we can meet again. For a 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 people who do not know about the law of seawater will ask, is it permissible for seawater, which is mixed with all of that, to be used for ablution? In Islam, the ablution (wudu) must use holy water. Is seawater 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.
Hadith About Ablution (Wudu) Using Sea Waters
The hadith about ablution (wudu) using sea waters that I mean is as follows:
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).
If we pay attention to the hadith above, we will know that seawater 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 seawater? “He then explained to people who asked, that the seawater 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 seawater 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.