Is It Haram to Talk in Wudu? The Explanation You're Looking For

Hi again! Do you know how many discussions about wudu have been in Islamic legal literacy? "A huge amount". That's the answer. I myself can not but specify the amount of discussion about it. One of the things that is often asked by some Muslims is: is it haram to talk in wudu?

Whatever your reasons for reading this article, I am sure you are looking for an explanation about the legality of talking in wudu: is it haram or not? Don't worry! I will not let you down today. Trust me! That's what I will explain now. So, you just need to read this article to the end!

What Is Haram?

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Hi! First of all, I will explain the answer to one question in this discussion: what is haram? You have to understand that as the main basis for understanding the main topic in this discussion. In addition, there are some Muslims who do not understand it well. I thought you didn't want to be like them, right?!

If you want to understand the meaning of haram, you should pay attention to the explanation below:

الحَرَامُ هُوَ مَا  يُثَابُ تَارِكُهُ اِمْتِثَالاً ، وَيَسْتَحِقُّ الْعِقَابَ فَاعِلُهُ

Haram is something that if left by someone, then that person will get a reward and if he does, then he will be punished.

If you have understood the definition of haram above, you can conclude that haram is something that should not be done. If you do that, you will sin and will be tormented. That's unlawful.

One example of haram in Islam is Zina. So, if you commit Zina, you will sin and will be tortured. Pay attention to the verses of the Quran below!

وَلَا تَقْرَبُوا الزِّنٰىٓ اِنَّهٗ كَانَ فَاحِشَةً ۗوَسَاۤءَ سَبِيْلًا

And do not approach unlawful sexual intercourse. Indeed, it is ever an immorality and is evil as a way. (Al-Isra: 32).

What Is Haram in Wudu?

Now I will explain the answer to one important question that you must understand once you understand the meaning of haram: what is haram in wudu? That is one of the basic questions related to the topic of this discussion that must be well understood.

One important thing that you should understand about haram in wudu is that it is very different from what haram means in Islam. If haram in Islam is something that if done, then the person who does it will sin, then haram in wudu is something that if done, then and the person who does it will not sin. That is the main difference between haram in Islam and haram in wudu.

So, what is meant by haram in wudu is something that should not be done while a person is performing wudu because it will result in the wudu being invalid, but the person who does it is not sinful.

So, the discussion about haram in wudu is a discussion about things that should not be done during wudu, not things that damage wudu and things that are feared will damage wudu.

What Are the Haram Things in Wudu?

By the way, do you know the things that are Haram in Wudu? You must understand the answer to the question because it will help you understand the topic in this discussion very well.

If you want to know what haram is in wudu, pay attention to the hadith below!

عَنْ عَمْرِو بْنِ شُعَيْبٍ ، عَنْ أَبِيْهِ ، عَنْ جَدِّهِ ، أَنَّ رَجُلاً ، أَتَى النَّبِيَّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فَقَالَ : يَا رَسُوْلَ اللَّهِ كَيْفَ الطُّهُورُ ؟ فَدَعَا بِمَاءٍ فِي إِنَاءٍ فَغَسَلَ كَفَّيْهِ ثَلاَثًا ثُمَّ غَسَلَ وَجْهَهُ ثَلاَثًا ثُمَّ غَسَلَ ذِرَاعَيْهِ ثَلاَثًا ثُمَّ مَسَحَ بِرَأْسِهِ فَأَدْخَلَ إِصْبَعَيْهِ السَّبَّاحَتَيْنِ فِي أُذُنَيْهِ وَمَسَحَ بِإِبْهَامَيْهِ عَلَى ظَاهِرِ أُذُنَيْهِ وَبِالسَّبَّاحَتَيْنِ بَاطِنَ أُذُنَيْهِ ثُمَّ غَسَلَ رِجْلَيْهِ ثَلاَثًا ثَلاَثًا ثُمَّ قَالَ ‏: هَكَذَا الْوُضُوءُ فَمَنْ زَادَ عَلَى هَذَا أَوْ نَقَصَ فَقَدْ أَسَاءَ وَظَلَمَ ‏‏ ‏.‏ أَوْ قَالَ ‏: ظَلَمَ وَأَسَاءَ

From Amru bin Syuiab, from his father, from his grandfather, a man came to the Prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam and asked him: Messenger of Allah, how is the ablution (to be performed)? He (the Prophet) then called for water in a vessel and washed his hands up to the wrists three times, then washed his face three times, and washed his forearms three times. He then wiped his head and inserted both his index fingers in his ear-holes; he wiped the back of his ears with his thumbs and the front of his ears with the index fingers. He then washed his feet three times. Then he said: This is how ablution should be performed. If anyone does more or less than this, he has done wrong and transgressed, or (said) transgressed and done wrong.”

Hi! If you understand the hadith above, you will understand that what is haram in wudu is not carrying out all the obligations in wudu; not washing the face, two hands, two feet, and not wiping the head and two ears.

I am not saying that it is not necessary to do every obligation in wudu three times (washing your face three times, for example) because there are differences of opinion among Islamic law experts about that: there is an opinion that says that what is obligatory is to do every obligation in wudu once, not three time.

What Are the Things That Are Not Haram in Wudu?

Hi! Are you still with me? Now I will explain about the things that are not haram in Wudu. This is very important for you because it will complete your understanding of the main topics in this discussion.

If what is haram in wudu is not carrying out all the obligations in wudu, then what is not haram in wudu is as follows:

  1. Perform all obligations in wudu.
  2. Doing all sunnah in wudu.

I have explained the obligations and sunnah in wudu in several previous articles. I won't explain all that now. You should read these articles to get a good explanation.

Is It Haram to Talk in Wudu?

Now I will explain the main topic in this discussion: is it haram to talk in wudu? You should understand the explanation below very well so that there are no more questions about it in your mind. Of course, if you have any other questions about it, you can write them in the comment column. I would be very happy to enter into dialogue with you.

Now I want you to remember something that is haram in wudu as I have explained in the previous paragraphs. Do you see that silence or not is one of the obligations in wudu? No, right?!

So, talking in wudu is not haram. You may talk in wudu. It will not break your wudu. It's just that it's not good to do. Why?

In several Islamic legal literatures, it is explained that talking about wudu is something that should not be done because it will reduce the importance of wudu. As one of the worships in Islam, wudu should be done with perfect concentration (khusyu'/خُشُوْعٌ).

So, the legal status of talking in wudu is makruh (مَكْرُوْهٌ). Makruh in Islam is something that can be done but should not be done. Thus, silence in wudu, apart from saying Niyyah or dua, is highly recommended.

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

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

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