Q & A Wudu' and Purity

Q & A: “Touching the private parts and wudu…”


Q. does touching private parts make me do wudoo again


No. This is a point of difference amongst our noble fuqaha’ across schools.

However, in the madhhab of the Imam al-A`zam Abu Hanifa (Allah be pleased with him), after performing wudu’ (‘ritual ablution’) if one accidentally or intentionally touches his private parts, then the wudu’ does not have to be repeated. Imam al-Zayla`i writes:

“…(and touching the private parts) i.e. touching it does not invalidate the wudu’ and it is connected to the previous things that do not invalidate the wudu’ and this is the opinion of `Umar ibn al-Khattab, `Ali b. Abi Talib, Ibn Mas`ud, Ibn `Abbas, Zayd b. Thabit and others from the senior Sahaba and Tabi’un (successors) such as al-Hasan al-Basri, Sa`id b. al-Musayyib and al-Thawri. [Imam] al-Tahawi said: we do not know anyone of the Sahaba who issued this kind of fatwa for wudu’ except Ibn `Umar but the majority opposed him in that…”[1]

( وَمَسُّ ذَكَرٍ ) أَيْ مَسُّهُ لَا يَنْقُضُ الْوُضُوءَ وهو مَعْطُوفٌ على غَيْرِ النَّاقِضِ وهو مَذْهَبُ عُمَرَ بن الْخَطَّابِ وَعَلِيِّ بن أبي طَالِبٍ وَابْنِ مَسْعُودٍ وَابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ وَزَيْدِ بن ثَابِتٍ وَغَيْرِهِمْ من كِبَارِ الصَّحَابَةِ وَصُدُورِ التَّابِعِينَ مِثْلُ الْحَسَنِ الْبَصْرِيِّ وَسَعِيدِ بن الْمُسَيِّبِ وَالثَّوْرِيِّ وقال الطَّحَاوِيُّ لم نَعْلَمْ أَحَدًا من الصَّحَابَةِ أَفْتَى بِالْوُضُوءِ منه غير ابْنِ عُمَرَ وقد خَالَفَهُ أَكْثَرُهُمْ

And Allah knows best.

[1] See al-Zayla`i, Tabyin al-Haqa’iq Sharh Kanz al-Daqa’iq, vol.1, p.11. The text in bracket and bold is that of Imam al-Nasafi’s Kanz al-Daqa’iq (p.6).





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