How to perform Tayammum?

  1. Make the intention that you’re purifying yourself from either minor or major impurity.
  2. Say Bismillah
  3. Slap the dust with your palms and blow any excess off of them.
  4. Wipe your face and both hands up to and including the wrists.

What is Tayammum?

Tayammum is a substitude for both Wudu and Ghusl. This means all the actions permissible in the state of Wudu and Ghusl are permissible in the state of Tayammum until your Tayammum is broken/nullified.

Factors which nullify Tayammum

  • Everything which nullifies Wudu nullifies Tayammum (It goes without saying that the same is with anything that nullifies Ghusl also would nullify Tayammum).
  • The presence of water also nullifies Tayammum if the reason for one doing Tayammum was due to the absence of water. If not, then the tayammum is nullified by the excuse no longer applying.
    • Example: A wound healing and there not being any fear of life from using water in Wudu/Ghusl.
    • Note: If one makes Salah while in the state of Tayammum and finds water/the excuse no longer applies after, they are not required to redo the salah (Even if there is time left for it to be redone).

Allowed Dust for Tayammum

  • Clean dust or anything originally from the earth (Sand, Rocks, Pebbles)

Tayammum is a permissible substitute for both Ghusl or Wudu weather you're at home or traveling with the prerequisite that the following circumstances apply:

  • If water is unavailable
  • If one is wounded are fears that using water will increase their illness or delay their recovery period.
  • If the water is very cold and it is likely that using it will harm him.
    • This condition does not apply if he can warm the water or pay for it to be warmed.
  • If water is nearby, but he fears for his life or honor, or property, or separation from his companions.
    • This also applies if an enemy is in between him and the water (This includes non-human and human enemies)
    • If he is imprisoned (Unable to get access to water in the prison)
    • If he’s unable to get to the water.
      • Scenario: If there a well and he doesn't have the means to reach the water.
    • If he has some water, but he needs it for drinking now or later. Other applications similar include:
      • If he needs to give it to a animal to drink
      • If he needs to use it to cook
      • If he needs to wash away impurities (Najasah)


O believers! Do not approach prayer while intoxicated until you are aware of what you say, nor in a state of ˹full˺ impurity—unless you merely pass through ˹the mosque˺—until you have bathed. But if you are ill, on a journey, or have relieved yourselves, or been intimate with your wives and cannot find water, then purify yourselves with clean earth, wiping your faces and hands. And Allah is Ever-Pardoning, All-Forgiving.