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Is wudu necessary after changing baby’s diaper?

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Is wudu necessary after changing baby’s diaper?

Question:

Sometimes I baby sit my grandson for my daughter. He climbs unto me during Salat. Hence, I check to see if his diaper needs changing before I start my Salat. Do I need to refresh my wudu if I change his diaper?

 Answer:

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

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

One’s wudu breaks if he/she experiences one of the breakers of wudu, for example if he/she passes wind.[1]

The urine or excrete of a small baby does not break one’s wudu, but is najis (impure) and should be washed off before performing Salat.[2]

 

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

 Mufti Saeed Ahmed Golaub

Islamic Solutions

Jamaica

 [1]

حَدَّثَنَا قُتَيْبَةُ قَالَ: حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ العَزِيزِ بْنُ مُحَمَّدٍ، عَنْ سُهَيْلِ بْنِ أَبِي صَالِحٍ، عَنْ أَبِيهِ، عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ، أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ: «إِذَا كَانَ أَحَدُكُمْ فِي المَسْجِدِ فَوَجَدَ رِيحًا بَيْنَ أَلْيَتَيْهِ فَلَا يَخْرُجْ حَتَّى يَسْمَعَ صَوْتًا، أَوْ يَجِدَ رِيحًا (سنن الترمذي ت شاكر (1/ 109)»

[2]

حَدَّثَنَا قُتَيْبَةُ، وَأَحْمَدُ بْنُ مَنِيعٍ، قَالاَ: حَدَّثَنَا سُفْيَانُ بْنُ عُيَيْنَةَ، عَنِ الزُّهْرِيِّ، عَنْ عُبَيْدِ اللهِ بْنِ عَبْدِ اللهِ بْنِ عُتْبَةَ، عَنْ أُمِّ قَيْسٍ بِنْتِ مِحْصَنٍ، قَالَتْ: دَخَلْتُ بِابْنٍ لِي عَلَى النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ لَمْ يَأْكُلِ الطَّعَامَ فَبَالَ عَلَيْهِ فَدَعَا بِمَاءٍ فَرَشَّهُ عَلَيْهِ (سنن الترمذي ت بشار (1/ 127).

This answer was collected from IslamicSolutions.org, which is operated by Mufti Saeed Ahmed Golaub from Jamaica. He’s a student of Mufti Ebrahim Desai (rah) from South Africa.

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