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How to Make Wud'u
From your Islam Guide

How to Make Wud'u

Difficulty Level: Easy    Time Required: 5 minutes

Here's How:
  1. A Muslim begins every action with intention.  To yourself, make the intention to cleanse yourself for prayer, for the sake of Allah.
  2. To yourself, say "Bismillah ar-Rahman ar-Raheem" (In the name of  Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful).
  3. Wash your hands three times, making sure the water reaches between the fingers and all over the hands.
  4. Bring a handful of water to your mouth and rinse it thoroughly three times.
  5. Sniff water into your nose three times to clean it.  Use your right hand to bring up the water, and your left hand to expel it.
  6. Wash your entire face three times.
  7. Wash your arms, up to the elbows, three times.  Start with the right.
  8. Use your wet hands to wipe over your head once, from front to back and front again.
  9. Use your wet fingers to wipe the inside and outside of your ears, once.
  10. Wash your feet up to the ankles three times.  Start with the right.
  11. Dry off.
  12. Make the supplication,"Ashhadu anlaa ilaaha illallaahu wahdahu laa shareekalahu, washhadu anna Muhammadan 'abduhu wa rasooluhu (I witness that none should be worshipped except Allaah, and that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger).


  1. Only a small amount of water is needed for wud'u, and Muslims are not to be wasteful. Fill a small  water container, or your sink, and do not leave the water running.
  2. It is recommended to perform a two-rakah prayer after completing wud'u.

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