Wudu On A Mountain Top

After a long climb, the group stop by a mountain pool to make ablutions (wudu) and pray Asr, the daily afternoon prayer. What follows is an impromptu lesson from Shaykh Asim Yusuf on how the fiqh rulings on water, impurity and ablution work in practice.
Shaykh Asim Yusuf is a co-founder of the Path to Salvation Syllabus in the UK.
Shaykh Dr Asim Yusuf, who goes by the pen-name of Talib al-Habib, is a Consultant Psychiatrist with a special interest in Islamic Spirituality and Mental Health. He is acknowledged as an authority on Islamic Psychology and is regularly to deliver lectures and seminars on the subject. He serves on the advisory panel of the Centre for Islam and Medicine, as well as in an advisory capacity to a number of community initiatives and charities.

Resources on wudu for seekers:

Does Accidentaly Consuming Alcohol Invalidate Ritual Ablution (wudu’)?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Question: Assalam ‘aleykum,
What happens if you accidentally consume alcohol? Do you have to renew your wudu?
Answer: walaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,
I pray this finds you in the best of health and spirits.
Consuming the haram–such as alcoholic beverages–does not invalidate one’s ritual ablution (wudu’). If done deliberately or in negligence, remorse and repentance is needed. One must rinse out one’s mouth, though, as wine is filthy (najis).
[Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah; Ala’ al-Din Abidin, al-Hadiyya al-`Ala’iyya]
Please see also: Reader on Repentance (tawba) and: Could You Please List All the Nullifiers of Ablution According to the Hanafi school?
And Allah is the giver of success and facilitation.
Walaikum assalam,
Faraz Rabbani

The Effect of Filth on Ritual Ablution and Praying When Time is Exiting

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalamu aleykum.

[1] If I get a another person’s or animal’s blood, urine, or feces on my body, will that break my wudu?

[2] What if you see that you have one minute left before the current prayer time is over. You are in a state of wudu but you know that you can not finish the first raka of the current prayer before the time is over. Should you start prayer or wait until the time is over and pray it as a qada?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.

[1] The legal cause for the nullification of your wudu is the exiting of filth from your person. As for being affected by filth from another person or an animal, this would follow the rules of removing filth. Thus you would wash away the filth, yet your wudu would remain unaffected.

[2] You should complete the prayer as normal because the exiting of the time is only invalidating at Fajr. Please see: Is My Prayer Valid if I Finish Praying Outside its Respective Prayer Time?

I’d highly advise taking: Absolute Essentials of Islam: Beliefs & Worship (STEP)

And Allah alone gives success.


Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani

Does Contact With Impurities Make a Ritual Bath Obligatory or Affect Our Ability to Pray?

Answered by Sidi Tabraze Azam

Question: Are there any impurities that touch a person’s skin which then makes ghusl obligatory?

And are there any impurities that come on a person’s clothes with which one cannot pray salah?

Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray you are in the best of health and faith.

According to the Hanafi school, any impurity which comes into contact with the skin does not make the ritual bath (ghusl) obligatory upon. In regards to filth affecting one’s clothing or person, a small amount would be excused and would not affect the validity of one’s prayer.

The Excused Amount of Filth

A small amount is defined as the extent of:

[1] Five grams of solid filth;

[2] Five centimetres, in diameter, of liquid filth;

What Necessitates the Ritual Ablution (Wudu)

[1] Everything that exits from the front and the rear private part;

[2] Everything that exits and flows beyond the point of exit from other than the private parts;

[3] Vomiting a Mouthful;

[4] Sleeping lying down;

[5] Unconsciousness;

[6] Loss of Sanity;

[7] Laughing out loud in prayer;

[8] The meeting of the erect male private part with the female private part without a barrier;

What Necessitates the Ritual Bath (Ghusl)

[1] The disappearance of the top of the male private organ into the front or rear of a living person;

[2] Ejaculation with gushing (dafaq) and desire;

[3] The legal ending of menstruation (hayd) or post-natal bleeding (nifas);

[4] Awakening to find ejaculate (mani) in one’s undergarment.

[`Ala al-Din Abidin, al-Hadiyya al-`Ala’iyya; Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah; Mawsili, al-Mukhtar li’l Fatwa]

“God does not desire to make any hardship for you; but He desires to purify you, and that He may perfect His grace upon you; so that you might give thanks” [5:6]


Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani