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Method of Masah of Ears

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Q: What is the sunnah way of making masah of the ears in wudhu? Do the whole ears have to be made masah of? When I make wudhu I wipe every inch of the ears (such as the sides, earshell, etc), because I think if I leave a dry part it will not enough. Please tell exactly which parts of the ears must be made masah on, and which parts can stay without Masah.

A. Method of Masah of the ears: Make Masah of the ears after Masah of the head. Use the forefingers for the inside of the ears and the thumbs for the back of the ears. Start with the forefingers from the ear-holes and follow the curves till you reach the earlobes. Thereafter place the thumbs at the bottom of the ears in the back (behind the earlobes) and pull them towards the top of the ears. Then place the two small fingers in the ear-holes and shake them slightly. The Masah of the ears is complete. If per chance any portion of the ear was not covered in Masah, the Wudhu is still valid. (Al Bahrur Raa’iq V1 P27).

Moulana Yusuf Laher
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