Wudu - Bare Minimum

How to perform Wudu?

The Bare Minimum Version of Wudu is the bare minimum requriements for Wudu, but the Sunnah version of wudu is strongly recomended as that is how the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) used to perform wudu.

  1. Make intention for ablution. (Its preferable to say Bismillah even for the bare minimum)
    • In your head if youre in the bathroom.
  2. Wash your face with clean water
  3. Wash both hands up to and including the elbows
  4. Wipe your wet hands over the entirety of your head and scalp.
  5. Wash both feet up to and including the ankles

In order to fulfill Wudu your must not be in a state of major impurity. See the Ghusl page and make sure you have met the requirments of Ghusl.

About Wudu

Wudu is a ritual cleansing of the body required for Muslims to do activities like: Pray and handle the Quran

Factors which nullify Wudu:

  • Anything coming out of the private parts front or back. (Urine, Excrement, Gas)
  • The seeping out of prostatic fluid (Preseminal fluid)
  • Loss of consciousness (Deep sleep)
  • Touching ones private parts without a barrier

Factors which do NOT nullify Wudu:

  • Touching a woman with skin to skin contact
  • The flow of blood from anywhere but the female private part.
  • Vomit if its only enough to fill the mouth or less.
  • Being doubtful regarding (excretion, gas, urine), after you did ablution. As certainty supersedes doubt.
  • Laughing out loud during Salah. (The Hadith's supporting this are weak)
  • Giving a dead person a bath.


O believers! When you rise up for prayer, wash your faces and your hands up to the elbows, wipe your heads, and wash your feet to the ankles. And if you are in a state of ˹full˺ impurity, then take a full bath. But if you are ill, on a journey, or have relieved yourselves, or have been intimate with your wives and cannot find water, then purify yourselves with clean earth by wiping your faces and hands. It is not Allah’s Will to burden you, but to purify you and complete His favour upon you, so perhaps you will be grateful.