Prophet Muhammad and Ablution (Wudu); The Best Explanation

Prophet Muhammad and Ablution (Wudu) ~ Hi all readers! In this article, I will explain to you the way the Prophet Muhammad wiped his head at he doing ablution (wudu). In the previous article, I stated that rubbing your head when you are doing wudu is not a compulsory movement, but it is recommended. What is called advice is better done. Even in Islam, there are suggestions for a Muslim to perfect it because it will be an advantage especially on the Day of Judgment.

As always, before I explain about Prophet Muhammad and ablution (wudu), I will quote one hadith of Prophet Muhammad specifically explaining our discussion.

Hadith About Prophet Muhammad and Ablution (Wudu)

The hadith about Prophet Muhammad and ablution (wudu) that I mean is below;

عَنْ عُبَيْدِ اللهِ بْنِ زَيْدٍ بْنِ عَاصِمٍ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُمَا فِيْ صِفَةِ الْوُضُوْءِ قَالَ : وَمَسَحَ رَسُوْلُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ بِرَأْسِهِ فَأَقْبَلَ بِيَدَيْهِ وَأَدَبْرَ . مُتَّفَقٌ عَلَيْهِ . وَفِيْ لَفْظٍ لَهُمَا : بَدَأَ بِمَقْدَمِ رَأْسِهِ حَتَّى ذَهَبَ بِهِمَا إِلَى قَفَاهُ ثُمَّ رَدَّهُمَا إِلَى الْمَكَانِ الَّذِيْ بَدَأَ مِنْهُ

From Ubaidillah bin Zaid bin Ashim radliyallahu anhuma about the nature of ablution. He said, “And the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alaihi wa sallam wiped his head. He then pulled his hands in front of him and then pulled them again backwards. “The hadith was claimed by al-Bukhari and Muslim. In the editorial of another hadith which was also narrated by the two priests mentioned, “He began rubbing his head on the front of his head and then pulling both of them to the nape of his neck. Then he returned the two to the place where he started.”

All readers! If we look at the hadith above, we can conclude that there are two ways that the Prophet Muhammad did when he rubbed his head;

One; The Prophet Muhammad began rubbing his head from the front of his head then he pulled both of his hands to the nape of his neck and then pulled them again to the front of the head.

Two; The Prophet Muhammad began rubbing his head from the back of his head and then pulled his hands to the front of the head.

Three; The two ways carried out by the Prophet Muhammad explained, that he wiped all his heads when he was doing ablution (wudu).

But there are differences of opinion among Islamic law experts about a head that is recommended to be rubbed when a Muslim is ablaze; are all heads or only partially?

Malik and Imam Ahmad said, that all parts of the head must be wiped when ablution (wudu). Some followers of the Ash-Shafi’iyah school of thought also said that. While the imam Ash-Shafi’i and Imam Abu Hanifah said that it was enough to wipe off some of the heads, not all of them.

But there is another difference between ash-Shafi’i and Abu Hanifah about the size of the part in question. For Ash-Shafi’i, what is meant by part is part of the head even though it is only a strand of hair. As for Abu Hanifah, what is meant by part is a quarter of a head.

Thus, a brief explanation of Prophet Muhammad and ablution (wudu) and the differences of opinion of Islamic jurists about it. I think that’s clear! So, we don’t need to argue about this if we find different ways that other people use.

I think that is enough for this article. May be useful! Amen!

See you again in the next article!


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