Correct way of washing the hands in wudhu

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Q: According to the Hanafi Math-hab I’d like to know the correct way of washing the hands upto the wrists. I teach in a maktab madrassah and we used to teach them to first wash the right hand including the wrist three times and then to wash the left hand including the wrist three times but we were told that that is incorrect and it has to be as follows:

To wash both hands including the wrists three times and the action has to be done in such a way that you would alternate e.g you would first wash the right hand then the left hand and then the right hand, so the right hand would end up getting washed twice and the left once.

Can you please advise on how it should be taught to the kids.


A: Both hands should be washed to the wrists simultaneously.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, 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.