Forgetting to wash a limb in wudhu

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As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

If someone remembers that he forgot to wash part of a limb during wudu (for example, the elbow) and wash it several minutes afterwards (washing only that part, i.e. without re-starting the entire process of wudu), is his wudu valid?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

Whilst performing wudhu, if one forgets to wash a limb, he may wash that limb when he remembers.

The wudhu will be valid. One does not have to repeat the entire wudhu again. [1]


And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best


Mufti Muhammad I.V Patel

Checked and Approved by
Mufti Nabeel Valli

Darul Iftaa Mahmudiyyah

Lusaka, Zambia


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