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Method of wudhu

1. Before performing wudhu, it is mustahab (recommended) to wash the wrists twice, to rinse your mouth three times, and rinse your nose three times. If you do not do this, it has no effect on your wudhu.

2. After this make your niyyat (intention) for wudhu.

3. Take the water in your right hand and wash your face. The boundaries of the face are above one s forehead from the hair line until under one s chin and the part which is covered by your thumb and middle finger as you are wiping your face. Start washing at your forehead and stop at your chin. Make sure none of the parts of your face which are included in the wudhu should remain dry. In order to ensure your whole face is wet, you can wipe your face more than once, but you must be careful not to go beyond the boundaries of what is included in wudhu such as your neck or side of the head.

4. Wash your right arm from the elbow to your fingertips. Only use one handful of water.

5. Wash your left arm from your elbow to your fingertips. Use one handful of water. When a male washes his arms, the inside of the arm (palm face down) being washed should be down towards the floor. When a female washes, the inside of her arm (palm face up) should be facing up.

6. After this use three fingers of your right hand to wash your head from the crown until the point where the hair touches one s forehead. Using two fingers is not enough.

7. Use your right hand to wipe the top of your right foot.

8. Use your left hand to wipe the top of your left foot.

The method for wiping one s feet is to place your palm on your toes and drag it towards your ankle. You c annot wipe your feet with your fingers. While wiping one s head and feet, you should remember to only move your hands. Do not move your head and feet.

You must remember a male will do wudhu without covering his head, but a female must cover her head for doing wudhu. When a female wipes her head, she should put her hand under the scarf so it touches her head. However, when a female does wudhu for fajr and maghrib, she should remove her scarf.

Adopted from the book: "Kashaful Salat" by: "Seyyed Baqir Nisar Zaidi"

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