Making masah instead of washing the face in wudhu

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Q: In wudhu I wet my hands and immediately pass them over my face. My whole face becomes thouroughly wet and I do this three times. However I haven’t been cupping the water or splashing on my face. Is this sufficient?


A: No. Wetting the hands is insufficient. Cupping the water and pouring it on the face is important.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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