Can I Say Bismillah in the Bathroom for Wudu? The Explanation You're Looking For

Hi again! In several previous articles, I have explained the legality of saying Bismillah (بِسْمِ اللهِ) before wudu. I highly recommend that you read it so that you have a good understanding of the discussion on Bismillah and wudu. Now, in this article, I will explain the answer to one important question about it: can I say Bismillah in the bathroom for wudu?

Whatever your reason for opening this article, I am very sure you are looking for an explanation about the legality of saying Bismillah in the bathroom for wudu. Don't worry! I will not let you down today. That's what I will explain now. Trust me! You just need to read this article to the end!

Places You Can Use for Wudu

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Hi! First of all, I will describe the places you can use for wudu. You have to understand that because it is one of the discussions related to the main topic in this article. Additionally, I want you to know where you can perform wudu without any worries about your wudu being invalid.

In general, if you read some of the Islamic legal literature regarding wudu, you will not find an explanation of the places where you can perform wudu. The reason, for me, is because the discussion about it is not a principled discussion. For this reason, discussions about wudu focus on what should be done before wudu, during wudu, and after wudu, what should be done during wudu, and what breaks wudu, and so on.

So, what are the places you can use for wudu?

Honestly, you can perform wudu anywhere. You can do it in the bathroom, outside the bathroom, in the river, in the sea, and so on. Some Muslims do not perform wudu in the bathroom, in fact they recommend not doing it in the bathroom, because they are worried that their bodies will be unclean (najis).

One important thing I want to say here, is that if you perform wudu in the bathroom and your body becomes unclean (najis), your wudu is not broken. The reason is because something that can break wudu is hadas (الحَدَثُ), small hadas (الحَدَثُ الأَصْغَرُ) and large hadas (الحَدَثُ الأَكْبَرُ), not unclean (najis).

Can I Say Bismillah in the Bathroom?

Hi! Are you still with me? Now I will explain the answer to one question related to the main topic in this discussion: can I say Bismillah in the bathroom? That is one of the basic questions that you must understand well if you want to understand the answer to the main question in this article. Apart from that, there are some Muslims who don't understand it well. I don't think you want to be like them, right?!

Briefly, there are a few important things I'll say first before I explain the answer to the question:

  • Bismillah (بِسْمِ اللهِ) is one dhikr.
  • Bismillah (بِسْمِ اللهِ) is not part of the verses of the Quran.
  • There are different opinions about the legality of saying dhikr in the bathroom. Some Islamic law experts say that it is better not to say dhikr in the bathroom (first opinion). But some other Islamic law experts say that you can say dhikr silently in the bathroom: no sound of dhikr can be heard in the bathroom (second opinion).

Now, can I say Bismillah in the bathroom?

There are two answers to this question:

  • If you use the first opinion as the basis of an argument, then it is better not to say Bismillah in the bathroom.
  • If you use a second opinion as a basis for an argument, then you can say Bismillah in the bathroom as long as you don't hear a sound.

Can I Say Bismillah in the Bathroom for Wudu?

Hi! Now I will explain the main topic in this discussion: can I say Bismillah in the bathroom for wudu? You must understand the explanation below very well so that there are no more questions about it in your mind. Of course, if you still have questions about it, feel free to write them in the comment column. I would love to have a dialogue with you.

Actually, if you have understood the explanation about the legality of saying Bismillah (بِسْمِ اللهِ) in the bathroom, of course you will be able to answer the question which is the main topic of this discussion very easily. If you still have doubts, pay attention to the answers below:

  • If you are using the first opinion that it is better not to say Bismillah in the bathroom as a basis for your argument, then you should not say Bismillah in the bathroom for wudu.
  • If you use the second opinion that you can say Bismillah in the bathroom as long as you don't hear a sound as the basis for your argument, then you can say Bismillah in the bathroom for wudu as long as you don't hear a sound.

Do you have questions? Please write in the comment column!

Akhmad Syafiuddin
Akhmad Syafiuddin Muslim. Graduate of Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt.

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