How Should the Beard Be Washed in Wudu?

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Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalam alaykum

How should the beard be washed in Wudu?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

The sunna with respect to interlacing (khilal) is to pass a handful of water through the beard from the bottom towards the top. This is the manner of interlacing reported from the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) [Abu Dawud].

Some jurists added that you should subsequently interlace again, without extra water, by pointing the back of your hand towards yourself and then passing it through the beard. But this would appear to be an extra action given that the interlacing would have already taken place.

[Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah, with Tahtawi’s Gloss (1.110); Ibn ‘Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar ‘ala al-Durr al-Mukhtar (1.79)]

Please also see: What is the Proper Way to Wash One’s Beard During Wudu?

And Allah Most High alone knows best.

[Ustadh] Tabraze Azam

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Ustadh Tabraze Azam holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Leicester, where he also served as the President of the Islamic Society. He memorised the entire Qur’an in his hometown of Ipswich at the tender age of sixteen, and has since studied the Islamic Sciences in traditional settings in the UK, Jordan and Turkey. He is currently pursuing advanced studies in Jordan, where he is presently based with his family.

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