Can I Perform Wudu with Water Containing Droplets of Used Water?

Shafi'i Fiqh

Answered by Shaykh Muhammad Carr


Can I use water that received droplets from my face during ritual ablution (wudu) or from my body during a purificatory bath for the remaining ritual washing?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate.

Thank you for your question.

If construing the used water as a foreign liquid alters the color, taste, or smell of the water in your hands or pail, it cannot be used for purification purposes. However, if the taste, colour, or smell of the purifying water is unaffected by the addition of used water, it can be used for ritual purification. [Bayjuri, Hashiya]

Care should be taken to avoid used water (musta‘mal) falling into your hands or container during wudu and the purificatory bath.

I pray this is of benefit and Allah guides us all.

[Shaykh] Muhammad Carr
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Muhammad Carr has dedicated his life to studying and transmitting our beautiful deen. His studies have taken him around the globe, where he has benefitted from many luminaries. Under the guidance of his teachers – Shaykh Taha Karan, Shaykh Yaseen Abbas, Shaykh Muadh Ali and many others – Shaykh Muhammad has grown to appreciate the beauty and benefits of diverse scholarship. He completed his memorization of the Qur’an at Dar al-Ulum Zakariyyah in September 1997 and received an Alimiyya Degree in 2006 from DUAI (Darul Ulum al-Arabiyyah al-Islamiyyah). He is also affiliated with Masjid Auwal in Bo Kaap, Cape Town (the oldest mosque in South Africa), where he serves as a co-imam, and Dar Al-Safa, where he has taught since 2018. As a teacher, he imparts the wisdom of our heritage and tradition by opening the door for students. As an imam, he has the unique opportunity to serve his community in daily life.

In addition to his roles as a teacher and imam, Shaykh Muhammad Carr has contributed significantly to the administrative and advisory aspects of Islamic institutions. Since 2023, he has served as the Administrative Director at The Imam Kurani Institute, contributing to the institution’s growth and development. He continues to pursue traditional Islamic Sciences, possessing a keen interest in Islamic Contract Law and Finance. Shaykh Muhammad has been a Shari’ah Board Member for Islamic Asset Management & Insurance Companies since 2001, aligning financial practices with Islamic principles.