Perfecting Ablution (Wudu) ~ Hi all readers! In this article, I will explain the law of perfecting ablution (wudu). For example, if there is one point on our feet that is not doused in water when in fact it must be splashed with water when we are doing ablution (wudu), if one point is not splashed with water then our ablution (wudu) is valid or invalid? After we know the point, we have to repeat the ablution (wudu) from the beginning or enough just to wash the point on the foot?
As always, before I answer the two questions above and speak more about perfecting ablution (wudu), I will present one hadith related to our discussion.
Hadith About Perfecting Ablution (Wudu)
The hadith about perfecting ablution (wudu) that I mean is as follows:
عَنْ أَنَسٍ بْنِ مَالِكٍ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ : رَأَى النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ رَجُلًا وَفِيْ قَدَمِهِ مِثْلُ الظَّفْرِ لَمْ يُصِبْهُ الْمَاءَ , فَقَالَ : اِرْجِعْ فَأَحْسِنْ وُضُوْءَكَ . أَخْرَجَهُ أَبُوْ دَاوُدَ وَالنَّسَائِيُّ
From Anas bin Malik radliyallahu anhu, he said, “The Prophet (Muhammad) sallallahu alaihi wa sallam once saw someone on his feet there was something like a nail that was not doused with water. He then said, “Come back and complete your ablution!” The hadith is narrated by Abu Daud and an-Nasa’i.
All readers! If we observe the hadith above, we know that people who do not know their shortcomings in doing something that is mandatory cannot be forgiven. In the above hadith, it is explained, that the Prophet Muhammad had told someone to perfect their ablution because in their legs there was a part that was not watered. If we know such an event, then we must remind the person.
There are a number of things we can conclude from the hadith above. Among others are;
One; We must perfect ablution (wudu) by washing all parts of the body that we must wash and wipe all parts of the body that must be rubbed. If there is only one point that is not washed away or broken, then our ablution (wudu) is not valid.
Two; There are differences of opinion among Islamic law experts related to perfecting ablution (wudu) as in the case above. For example, if there is one point on the foot that should be washed but is not touched by water. Do we need to repeat the ablution (wudu) from the beginning or do we just need to wash the point on the feet that are not watered? Malikiyah said that we must repeat the ablution (wudu) from the beginning. The majority of Islamic law experts say that we are encouraged to repeat ablution (wudu) from the beginning.
Three; We must tell people who don’t know in a good way.
Thus, we must perfect the ablution (wudu) by ensuring everything has been done. That is because if there is only one point in the body that should be splashed with water or smothered but not splashed or not smothered, then our ablution (wudu) is invalid. If our ablution (wudu) is not valid, then we cannot do the prayer which is actually our obligation. This is the essence of the problem!
I think that is enough for this article about perfecting ablution (wudu). If you still don’t understand, please ask! May be useful! Amen!
See you again in the next article!