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Thick Bearded People and Ablution (Wudu); A Best Explanation

Islamic Rule: Thick bearded people and ablution (wudu) ~ Hi all readers! In the previous article we discussed the way of ablution (wudu). We already know that the face is one of the limbs that must be washed. The purpose of washing and rubbing is so that water can reach the skin. But the problem is, what about people who have thick beards? Of course, a thick beard can reduce the arrival of water on the skin. How does the person wash his face? That is what we will discuss in this article.

As always, before I speak more about thick bearded people and ablution (wudu). I will present one hadith related to this issue. The hadith that I mean is as follows;

عَنْ عُثْمَانَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ : إِنَّ النَّبِيَّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ كَانَ يُخَلِّلُ لِحْيَتَهُ فِيْ الْوُضُوْءِ . أَخْرَجَهُ التِّرْمِذِيُ

From Uthman radliyallahu anhu, he said, “Surely the Prophet (Muhammad) sallallahu alaihi wa sallam interrupted his beard when he was doing ablution (wudu).” The hadith was narrated by at-Tirmidhi.

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All readers! If we observe the hadith above, we will understand a number of things as follows;

One; The Prophet Muhammad had a thick beard.

Two; If he is doing ablution (wudu) then he always interrupts his beard so that water can reach the skin. He did it so that the ablution (wudu) he performed was perfect.

Three; If there is a bearded Muslim then he has to make sure the water he uses for ablution (wudu) reaches the skin.

I think we can use the information above to answer the question in the uppermost paragraph, that a Muslim with a thick beard must squeeze his beard so that water can reach the skin where the beard grows. People with thin beards also have to do that because the water used for ablution (wudu) must reach the skin.

Actually, this sneaking is not only done on a beard. It must also be done on the fingers. As a human being who is active, of course the hands of Muslim hands are not free from dirt. You can have a lot of dirt or just a little finger. The problem is, how to make sure the water has reached the hand, especially the fingers, when he is doing ablution (wudu)? Of course, the answer is to interrupt his fingers. We can find this information in the hadith below;

عَنْ لَقِيْطٍ بْنِ صَبْرَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ : قَالَ رَسُوْلُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ : أَسْبِغْ الْوُضُوْءَ وَخَلِّلْ الْأَصِابِعِ وَبَالِغْ فِيْ الْإِسْتِنْشَاقِ إِلَّا أَنْ تَكُوْنَ صَائِمًا . أَخْرَجَهُ الْأَرْبَعَةُ

From Laqith bin Shabirah radliyallahu anhu, he said, “The Messenger of Allah sallallahu alaihi wa sallam said, “Complete the ablution (wudu), between fingers, and breathe water thoroughly unless you are a person who fasts.” The hadith is narrated by four people (Abu Daud, at-Tirmidhi, an-Nasa’i, Ibn Majah).

All readers! If we pay attention to the hadith that I have just explained, then we know that the hadith does not only require a Muslim to interrupt his fingers when he is do ablution (wudu). There are a number of other things that we can understand from the hadith which include;

One; It is recommended to perfect the ablution (wudu). That can be done by doing recommended ways, such as gargling, rubbing two ears, breathing water and so on. I have arrived in a number of previous articles.

Two; It is recommended to breathe water seriously unless the ablution (wudu) is fasting.

Three; According to the majority of Islamic law experts, the status of gargling in ablution (wudu) is recommended, but according to some people is a necessity.

Do you understand? The problem is simple and the explanation above is also clear. So, I hope you understand.

I think that is enough for this article about thick bearded people and ablution (wudu). May be useful! Amen!

See you again in the next article!

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