Wudhu breaking through touching one’s wife according to the Shafi’ee mazhab

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Q: A shafi follower makes wudhu according to Shafi’ee fiqh and then mistakenly touches his wife without any piece of cloth in between, and this person knows that according to the Hanafi maslak his wudhu did not break and goes and prays fardh salah according to Shafi’ee fiqh without renewing the ablution (to make his life easy). Will his Salaah be valid as he is basically a Shafi’ee. Note that he does not do this all times it occurs very rarely?


A: According to the Shaafi’ee mazhab, his wudhu will break through touching his wife. Hence, he should renew his wudhu and perform his salaah.

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

(والذي يُنقِض) أي يُبطِل (الوضوءَ خمسة أشياء): (و) الرابع (لمس الرجلِ المرأةَ الأجنبيةَ) غيرَ المَحْرَم ولو ميتة. والمراد بالرجل والمرأة ذكر وأنثى بلغا حدَّ الشهوة عرفا؛ والمراد بالمَحْرَم مَن حَرُم نكاحُها لأجل نسب أو رضاع أو مصاهرة. وقوله: (مِن غير حائل) يُخرِج ما لو كان هناك حائل فلا نقض حينئذ (فتح القريب المجيب في شرح ألفاظ التقريب ص15)

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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