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Wudu Validity to Pray

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As Salaam u Alaikum,

My question is in regards to wudu validity. Whenever I make wudu, I usually wash the body parts that need to be washed more than 3 times. The reason for this is because I was told from a young age that you have to have water cover every part of the body part that you are washing. But when I was a body part 3 times, I feel as though there are some parts that haven’t been covered by water, so I proceed to wash it more than 3 times. I just recently found out that washing a body part more than 3 times intentionally is not allowed as the Prophet(pbuh) never did so. So my question is, is my wudu still valid if I wash body parts more than 3 times? And will be prayer be accepted if I pray with that wudu? If my prayer is not accepted, then do I have to now make up all the prayers I made with that wudu in the past? Also since I can’t wash more than 3 times, what am I supposed to do if after washing 3 times, there is still some small spot that wasn’t washed?

As Salaam u Alaikum


Wa’alaykum as Salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

You should determine whether you are convinced that a limb is not fully washed even after three times, or if you are just doubting. If you are merely doubting, then only wash three times, and ignore the doubt. You should never wash more than a maximum of seven times.

If you are convinced that the limb is dry, then you should wash it properly until the entire limb is wet. Train yourself to have the entire limb wet within seven times.

Regarding the past, your prayers will be valid. However, if you just washed numerous times out of doubt, that you should repent for wasting water.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best


Ismail Moosa (Mufti)


قلت: أرأيت رجلا توضأ ثم شك في بعض وضوئه وذلك أول ما شك؟ قال: عليه أن يغسل ذلك الموضع  الذي شك فيه. قلت: فإن كان يلقى ذلك كثيرا يعرض له الشيطان بذلك في صلاته أو بعد فراغه منها حتى يكثر ذلك عليه؟ قال: لا يلتفت إلى شيء من هذا، ويمضي في صلاته، ولا يعيد شيئا من ذلك (الأصل للشيباني – 1/ 53)

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