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Washing The Limbs During Wudhu



Nasihah (Advice): Allah Ta’ala’s Approval & Disapproval For Us


Sayyiduna Abu Hurairah Radhiyallahu Anhu reports that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said, “Verily Allah likes three things for you and He disapproves three things for you. He is pleased with you that you worship Him and do not associate anything with Him, that you hold fast to the rope of Allah, and not be scattered; and He disapproves for you irrelevant talk, persistent questioning and wasting of wealth.” (Muslim)




Question and Answer:


  1.  Assalamu ‘Alaikum, I’ve always performed the various steps of wudu, wash the hands 3 times etc….and was taught that this is the Sunnat way of performing wudu. However I have read and heard from Capetonions that due to the water crisis that making wudu by performing each step once is also a sunnat as our Most Holy Prophet abhorred wastage even if performing wudu at the banks of a river. Please advise if both views are correct and that if I now change to performing each step once would still be a valid wudu? Jazākallāh Wa alaykumu as-salam


(Question published as received)


  1. The general habit of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam was to wash each limb three times in wudhu. However, at times Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam did wash his limbs once only. This indicates the permissibility of washing the limbs once only in wudhu. (Inaayah 1/31)


In light of the water shortage, a person may wash the limbs once only in wudhu.

May Allah Ta’ala send down beneficial rain and remove the problem faced by the people in Cape Town. Aameen.


And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

Mufti Taahir Hansa



Mufti Ebrahim Desai               


(The answer hereby given is specifically based on the question asked and should be read together with the question asked. Islamic rulings on this Q&A newsletter are answered in accordance to the Hanafi Fiqh unless otherwise stated.) 


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