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Applying Vaseline before making wudhu

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Q: Is it permissible to apply vaseline before wudhu or will such a wudhu not be valid?


A: If the Vaseline is not being applied for any medical reason, then you should not apply the Vaseline before making wudhu. The reason is that the Vaseline will prevent the water from reaching the limb (which has to be washed in wudhu). If the water does not reach the limb, then the wudhu will not be valid.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

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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