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Should I Untie My Braids for Wudu or for Showering?

Answered by Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat

Question: Assalamu alaykum

Should I untie my braids for wudu or for showering?

Answer: Wa ‘alaykum as-salam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh

Thank you for your question.

Neither women, nor men have to untie their braids to perform wudu or showering; this is only something men must do when performing an obligatory bath. It is sufficient to wipe a quarter of the head with a moist hand for the wudu to be valid (Shurunbulālī, Marāqī al-Falāḥ)

May Allah grant you the best of both worlds.

Wassalam,
[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim Reasat

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat began his studies in Arabic Grammar and Morphology in 2005. After graduating with a degree in English and History he moved to Damascus in 2007 to study and sit at the feet of some of the most erudite scholars of our time.

Over the following eighteen months he studied a traditional curriculum, studying with scholars such as Shaykh Adnan Darwish, Shaykh Abdurrahman Arjan, Shaykh Hussain Darwish and Shaykh Muhammad Darwish.

In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies for the next six years, in Fiqh, Usul al-Fiqh, Theology, Hadith Methodology and Commentary, Shama’il, and Logic with teachers such as Dr Ashraf Muneeb, Dr Salah Abu’l-Hajj, Dr Hamza al-Bakri, Shaykh Ahmad Hasanat, Dr Mansur Abu Zina amongst others. He was also given two licences of mastery in the science of Qur’anic recital by Shakh Samir Jabr and Shaykh Yahya Qandil.

His true passion, however, arose in the presence of Shaykh Ali Hani, considered by many to be one of the foremost tafsir scholars of our time who provided him with the keys to the vast knowledge of the Quran. With Shaykh Ali, he was able to study an extensive curriculum of Qur’anic Sciences, Tafsir, Arabic Grammar, and Rhetoric.

When he finally left Jordan for the UK in 2014, Shaykh Ali gave him his distinct blessing and still recommends students in the UK to seek out Shaykh Abdul-Rahim for Quranic studies. Since his return he has trained as a therapist and has helped a number of people overcome emotional and psychosomatic issues. He is a keen promoter of emotional and mental health.

Can I Just Wash the Root of My Hair and My Scalp During the Ritual Bath If My Hair Is Too Long?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question:Assalam alaykum,

I am a woman. If my hair are long and not braided, must all the hair be washed, or the roots and the scalp also suffice?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

The exception pertains to braided hair because of the dispensation granted by the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) to women.

Otherwise, the obligation to wash the entire body remains, and having long hair would not be a sufficient excuse to wash only the roots on the head.

However, you could simply braid your hair quickly right before showering as being somebody who regular braids their hair is not a condition for the aforementioned ruling to apply.

Please see the following answers for further detail: Is It Obligatory for Women to Wash All Their Hair After Intercourse? and: Can a Woman Braid Her Hair Just Before Performing a Ghusl to Avoid to Wash All of It?

And Allah Most High alone knows best.

wassalam,
Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Is It Obligatory for Women to Wash All Their Hair After Intercourse?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: As salam alaykum,

Do women have to wash their hair fully after intercourse? What if one has dry hair and does not want to wash it more than once/twice a week to keep it healthy? What if one has spent time and a fortune in straightening her hair?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray that this message finds you well, insha’Allah.

After sexual intercourse, the entire body must be washed. However, there is a dispensation for women in that they can braid their hair before bathing, and then only wash to the roots of the head itself, and not all of the hair on the head.

Umm Salama asked the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) about her braided hair and the ritual bath (ghusl) and he said, “it suffices for you to throw three handfuls of water over your head.” [Tirmidhi]

Please also see: Can a Woman Braid Her Hair Just Before Performing a Ghusl to Avoid to Wash All of It?

And Allah alone knows best.

wassalam,

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Can a Woman Braid Her Hair Just Before Performing a Ghusl to Avoid to Wash All of It?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: As salam alaykum,

1. Does a woman’s hair need to be braided prior the act which has resulted in Ghusl (relations with her husband…) or can she just breaid them before she enters the shower?

2. Is it still valid if a female has her hair in a “bun” whereby the top/root of her head will predominantly be wet but the rest of her long hair will not be?

Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

I pray that this message finds you well, insha’Allah.

(1) No, she only needs to have her hair braided before beginning her shower.

(2) No, the dispensation relates to braids and not simply having your hair tied up. As such, she would need to let her hair down and wash all of it.

Please also see: The Ritual Bath (ghusl): Obligatory, Recommended, and Disliked Acts

And Allah alone knows best.

wassalam,

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani