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Hi all readers! Are you looking for an explanation of “can we read any Surah without wudu?”? If your answer is “Yes”, congratulations! Now you are reading the right article. Why? Because that is what I will explain in this article. As Muslims, we must understand that. That’s why I wrote this article. So, you should read it to the end!

Specifically, there are three important things about “can we read any Surah without wudu?” which I will explain in this article. The three important things I mean are as follows:

  1. When Do You Have to Have Wudu?
  2. Can We Read Any Surah Without Wudu?
  3. Ethics Before and During Reading Any Surah.

When Do You Have to Have Wudu?

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The first important thing about “can we read any Surah without wudu?” what I will explain now is “when do you have to have wudu?”. I want you to understand that first before you read any further explanation in this article because that is the basic question in this discussion that should be well understood.

I think you already understand that wudu is a way to get rid of small hadas (الحَدَثُ الأَصْغَرُ). Wudu is the most important way. If we cannot perform wudu to remove small hadas, we have to perform Tayammum.

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I think you also understand that small hadas (الحَدَثُ الأَصْغَرُ) is one of the conditions that prevent Muslims from performing certain acts of worship that require them to be in a holy condition while doing it all. The other condition is big hadas (الحَدَثُ الأَكْبَرُ). Small hadas can be removed by wudu and Tayammum. While big hadas can only be removed with ghusl Janabah.

In other words, wudu is very important in Islam. Even Muslims are prohibited from praying if they do not have wudu. We can find this explanation in the verses of the Quran and some of the hadiths below:

يٰٓاَيُّهَا الَّذِيْنَ اٰمَنُوْٓا اِذَا قُمْتُمْ اِلَى الصَّلٰوةِ فَاغْسِلُوْا وُجُوْهَكُمْ وَاَيْدِيَكُمْ اِلَى الْمَرَافِقِ وَامْسَحُوْا بِرُءُوْسِكُمْ وَاَرْجُلَكُمْ اِلَى الْكَعْبَيْنِۗ وَاِنْ كُنْتُمْ جُنُبًا فَاطَّهَّرُوْاۗ وَاِنْ كُنْتُمْ مَّرْضٰٓى اَوْ عَلٰى سَفَرٍ اَوْ جَاۤءَ اَحَدٌ مِّنْكُمْ مِّنَ الْغَاۤىِٕطِ اَوْ لٰمَسْتُمُ النِّسَاۤءَ فَلَمْ تَجِدُوْا مَاۤءً فَتَيَمَّمُوْا صَعِيْدًا طَيِّبًا فَامْسَحُوْا بِوُجُوْهِكُمْ وَاَيْدِيْكُمْ مِّنْهُ ۗمَا يُرِيْدُ اللّٰهُ لِيَجْعَلَ عَلَيْكُمْ مِّنْ حَرَجٍ وَّلٰكِنْ يُّرِيْدُ لِيُطَهِّرَكُمْ وَلِيُتِمَّ نِعْمَتَهٗ عَلَيْكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَشْكُرُوْنَ

O you who have believed, when you rise to [perform] prayer, wash your faces and your forearms to the elbows and wipe over your heads and wash your feet to the ankles. And if you are in a state of janabah, then purify yourselves. But if you are ill or on a journey or one of you comes from the place of relieving himself or you have contacted women and do not find water, then seek clean earth and wipe over your faces and hands with it. Allah does not intend to make difficulty for you, but He intends to purify you and complete His favor upon you that you may be grateful. (Al-Maidah [5]: 6).

عَنْ عَلِيٍّ بْنِ طَلْقٍ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ : قَالَ رَسُوْلُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ : إِذَا فَسَا أَحَدُكُمْ فِي الصَّلَاةِ فَلْيَنْصَرِفْ وَلْيَتَوَضَّأْ وَلْيُعِدْ الصَّلَاةَ . رَوَاهُ الْخَمْسَةَ

From Ali bin Thalq radliyallahu anhu, he said, “The Messenger of Allah (Prophet Muhammad) has said, “If one of you has emitted a soundless wind from his anus while praying (salat), then let him go out and perform wudu, then repeat the prayer (salat).” The hadith was narrated by five people (Ahmad, Abu Daud, at-Tirmidhi, an-Nasa’i, Ibn Majah).

وَعَنْ عَبَّادِ بْنِ تَمِيمٍ ، عَنْ عَمِّهِ ، أَنَّهُ شَكَا إِلَى رَسُوْلِ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ الرَّجُلُ الَّذِي يُخَيَّلُ إِلَيْهِ أَنَّهُ يَجِدُ الشَّىْءَ فِي الصَّلاَةِ ‏.‏ فَقَالَ ‏:‏ لاَ يَنْفَتِلْ أَوْ لاَ يَنْصَرِفْ حَتَّى يَسْمَعَ صَوْتًا أَوْ يَجِدَ رِيحًا ‏‏

From ‘Abbad bin Tamim, from his uncle, that there was once a man who complained to the Messenger of Allah (Prophet Muhammad) sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, that he hesitated as if he found something (fart) in his prayer (salat). He then said, “He must not move or leave until he hears the voice or smells the smell.”

عَنْ أَبِيْ هُرَيْرَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ أَنَّ رَسُوْلُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ : لَا يَقْبَلُ اللهُ صَلَاةَ أَحَدِكُمْ إِذَا أَحْدَثَ حَتَّى يَتَوَضَّأَ . مُتَّفَقٌ عَلَيْهِ

From Abu Hurairah radiyallahu anhu, that the Messenger of Allah (Prophet Muhammad) sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, “Allah does not accept someone’s prayer from you if he has hadas (small hadas) until he performs wudu.” This hadith was narrated by al-Bukhari and Muslim.

عَنْ أَبِيْ هُرَيْرَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ : قاَلَ رَسُوْلُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ : إِذَا وَجَدَ أَحَدُكُمْ فِيْ بَطْنِهِ شَيْئًا فَأَشْكَلَ عَلَيْهِ أَخَرَجَ مِنْهُ شَيْءٌ أَمْ لَا ؟ فَلَا يَخْرُجَنَّ مِنَ الْمَسْجِدِ حَتَّى يَسْمَعَ صَوْتًا أَوْ يَجِدَ رِيْحًا . أَخْرَجَهُ مُسْلِمٌ

From Abu Hurairah radiyallahu anhu, he said, “The Messenger of Allah (Prophet Muhammad) sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, “If one of you finds something in his stomach, then he doubts whether something has come out of him or not? So, he is not allowed to leave the mosque until he hears a sound or smells an aroma.” This hadith was narrated by Muslim.

The point is that wudu is something very important in Islam.

Now, if you ask me, “when do you have to have wudu?”, the answer is as follows:

One: if you have a small hadas (الحَدَثُ الأَصْغَرُ) and will going to pray (salat).

Two: if you have a small hadas (الحَدَثُ الأَصْغَرُ) and will going to perform Tawaf.

Three: if you have a small hadas (الحَدَثُ الأَصْغَرُ) and will touch the Quran or Mushaf. Any Surah is a part of the Quran.

That’s a brief explanation of “when do you have to have wudu?”. As Muslims, we must understand that.

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Can We Read Any Surah Without Wudu?

The second important thing about “can we read any Surah without wudu?” what I will explain now is a specific explanation. So, I really hope you read the explanation below very well.

In the previous few paragraphs, I have explained that if you have a small hadas (الحَدَثُ الأَصْغَرُ) and you are about to touch the Quran or Mushaf (Any Surah is a part of the Quran or Mushaf), you have to have wudu first.

But one important thing I have to make clear here and you should always keep in mind is that there is a big difference between touching the Quran or Mushaf and reading the Quran or Mushaf. The differences are as follows:

One: touching the Quran or Mushaf does not mean reading the Quran or the Mushaf.

Two: reading the Quran or Mushaf can be done without touching the Quran or the Mushaf.

So, if you ask me, “can we read any Surah without wudu?”, the answer is as follows:

One: you can read Any Surah without wudu if you don’t touch the Quran or the Mushaf.

Two: you cannot recite Any Surah without wudu if you touch the Quran or the Mushaf.

That’s a short explanation of “can we read any Surah without wudu?”. As Muslims, we must understand that.

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