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1168: Wiping the ears in wudoo’


There was a dispute about wiping the ears in wudoo’. Some people say that there is no proof that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) wiped his ears when performing wudoo’.

Published Date: 1998-06-05

Praise be to Allaah.

There is proof that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) wiped his head and ears when performing wudoo’. Ibn ‘Abbaas reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) “wiped his head and his ears, inside and out.” (Reported by al-Tirmidhi, who classed it as saheeh). Al-Nisaa'i reports that he “wiped his head and his ears, wiping the inside of them with his index-finger and the outside of them with his thumb.” (Classed as saheeh by Ibn Khuzaymah). Abu Dawood and al-Tahhaawi report from Miqdaad ibn Ma’di Karb that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) “when he performed wudoo’, wiped his head and his ears, inside and out, inserting his finger into the ear canal.” (Reported by Abu Dawood; al-Haafiz ibn Hijr said: “Its isnaad is hasan.”) There is no dispute that one should wipe the ears during wudoo’; the dispute is as to whether they are considered to be part of the head or not, and whether it is sunnah or waajib (obligatory) to wipe them.

(Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 5/214)
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