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Is My Wudu Valid if I Wash My Face From the Chin to the Forehead?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Weltch


When washing the face in wudu, I would start from the bottom of the chin to the top of the hairline and my ears instead of starting from the top of the hairline. Is my wudu valid?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

Yes, your wudu is valid. Washing the face from the forehead down is recommended but does not affect the wudu’s validity. [Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah]

Hope this helps
Allah knows best

[Shaykh] Yusuf Weltch
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Yusuf Weltch is a teacher of Arabic, Islamic law, and spirituality. After accepting Islam in 2008, he then completed four years at the Darul Uloom seminary in New York where he studied Arabic and the traditional sciences. He then traveled to Tarim, Yemen, where he stayed for three years studying in Dar Al-Mustafa under some of the greatest scholars of our time, including Habib Umar Bin Hafiz, Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf, and Shaykh Umar al-Khatib. In Tarim, Shaykh Yusuf completed the memorization of the Qur’an and studied beliefs, legal methodology, hadith methodology, Qur’anic exegesis, Islamic history, and a number of texts on spirituality. He joined the SeekersGuidance faculty in the summer of 2019.