Does Sleepy Damage Ablution (Wudu)? ~ Hi all readers! In this article, I will explain one factor that can damage ablution (wudu). As Muslims, we must know about this, because we often experience this factor. The factor I mean is sleepiness. Yes, sleepy! We as ordinary humans are often sleepy, either because we are tired, lack oxygen, or we want to sleep. The question is, can drowsiness damage ablution (wudu)?
As always, before I answer the question above, I will present the hadith of the Prophet Muhammad that related to our discussion.
Hadith About Sleepy and Ablution (Wudu)
The hadith about sleepy and ablution (wudu) that I mean is as follows:
عَنْ أَنَسٍ بْنِ مَالِكٍ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ : كَانَ أَصْحَابُ رَسُوْلِ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ عَلَى عَهْدِهِ يَنْتَظِرُوْنَ الْعِشَاءَ حَتَّى تَخْفِقَ رُؤُوْسُهُمْ ثُمَّ يُصَلُّوْنَ وَلَا يَتَوَضَّئُوْنُ . أَخْرَجَهُ أَبُوْ دَاوُدَ
From Anas bin Malik radliyallahu anhu, he said, “The Companions of the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alaihi wa sallam at the time he had indeed recited Isha prayer until their heads nodded. Then they prayed and did not ablution.” The hadith was narrated by Abu Daud.
During the time of the Prophet Muhammad, his friends waited for the Isha prayer so they could do it with him. He was late coming out to pray with them. They went to the mosque in a state of exhaustion due to activity during the day and they wanted to sleep. It makes their heads nod because they are sleepy. If he comes and then prays, they will also pray behind him and they will not ablution, because they sleep in a sturdy sitting position.
All readers! There are a number of things we need to know about the hadith above;
One; People who sleep in a sitting position upright, then sleep does not damage ablution (wudu), because sleeping like that can not eliminate all one’s consciousness. As for fainting, insanity, and drunkenness, all that can damage ablution (wudu), because all of that can eliminate total awareness.