The Importance Of Dripping 2 Drops After A Wash

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 Bismihi Ta`ala


*When water become scarce or the circumstances of wouzu becomes difficult like in a plane or in a bus, then it is good to know the fiqh around these circumstances.*

*First of all, know that the minimum of a washing a part of the body during wouzu is dripping of 2 drops after washing. Less than 2 drops is treated as massah and not washing. Take note that the Qur-aan orders us to wash in wouzu: the face, the hands including elbows, the feet including ankles. And Qur-aan also orders us to do massah or pass wet hands on head. According to hadith we find that Rasouloullah Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam lifted his imaamah and passed his hands over the front part of the head. Hence fuqaha stated the minimum of a quarter of the head in a massah.*

*We find the minimum of 2 drops proof from ahadiths.*

  نْ مَالِكِ بْنِ أَنَسٍ عَنْ سُهَيْلِ بْنِ أَبِي صَالِحٍ عَنْ أَبِيهِ عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ
أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ إِذَا تَوَضَّأَ الْعَبْدُ الْمُسْلِمُ أَوْ الْمُؤْمِنُ فَغَسَلَ وَجْهَهُ خَرَجَ مِنْ وَجْهِهِ كُلُّ خَطِيئَةٍ نَظَرَ إِلَيْهَا بِعَيْنَيْهِ مَعَ الْمَاءِ أَوْ مَعَ آخِرِ قَطْرِ الْمَاءِ فَإِذَا غَسَلَ يَدَيْهِ خَرَجَ مِنْ يَدَيْهِ كُلُّ خَطِيئَةٍ كَانَ بَطَشَتْهَا يَدَاهُ مَعَ الْمَاءِ أَوْ مَعَ آخِرِ قَطْرِ الْمَاءِ فَإِذَا غَسَلَ رِجْلَيْهِ خَرَجَتْ كُلُّ خَطِيئَةٍ مَشَتْهَا رِجْلَاهُ مَعَ الْمَاءِ أَوْ مَعَ آخِرِ قَطْرِ الْمَاءِ حَتَّى يَخْرُجَ نَقِيًّا مِنْ الذُّنُوبِ

*The beloved prophet Muhammad Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam described that the action of washing the different parts of the body cleans the sins that those parts of the body committed, especially the last drop dripping from the body leaving the body completely pure from sins.(Sahih Muslim)*

*The last drop mentioned in the hadith implies that there should be at least one drop before this last drop.*

*So while using a garden spray of water in difficult circumstances, then know that at least 2 drops should drip from the parts of your body. Less than that will not be counted as a washing. And if not counted as washing, then wouzu also is not counted.*

*If during travelling one`s wouzu dripped in the wash room, then take the care to clean them with tissues.*

*Remember that if toilet impurities spills to more than 2.5 cms from its source, then know that it is imperative to wash. Permissible to use tissues only less than that amount. Although makrooh, but salaah will be valid.*

*If in toilets that has no hose and plastic cups, then use tissues and wet them with water and then press the tissues to wash yourself. At least some drops will drop. Use more wet tissues and press until completely cleaned. Throw tissues in bin.*

*A miswaak, a leather sock/moza, some tissues, an empty bottle, a musalla and a small empty garden spray are useful during travelling and when water is scarce.*   

Mufti Mackoojee

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