Women Renewing Wudu' Where Men Pass By: How?
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Women Making Wudu’ in the Haram During Hajj Where Men Pass By: How?

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Amal

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Aug 05, 2017

Question

As-Salamu alaykum. If a woman wants to renew her wudu' inside the Haram in the special places, because of the hardship involved in going to the washrooms, especially during the days of Hajj and `Umrah in Ramadan, what should she do? If she is in the areas that are only for women, men will be passing in front of her, so when she is washing her arms, she can put her hands under her sleeves. Is it permissible when wiping her head to wipe the front part only, and then pass her hands over her head cover? Please advise me clearly about the way in which she can do wudu' in this situation.

Mufti

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Women Making Wudu' in the Haram During Hajj Where Men Pass By: How?

Wa `alaykum As-Salamu waRahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. 

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.


In this fatwa:

If a woman has no choice but to do wudu’ in a place where men are passing by, she can cover herself by having another woman stand in front of her to protect her from passing glances, or with a screen or cover held up by her sister, or she can turn her back on passers-by in such a way that men will not be able to see whatever she uncovers when doing wudu’.


With regard to your question, we would like to cite the following fatwa published on www.islamqa.info:

If a woman has no choice but to do wudu’ in a place where men are passing by, she can cover herself by having another woman stand in front of her to protect her from passing glances, or with a screen or cover held up by her sister, or she can turn her back on passers-by in such a way that men will not be able to see whatever she uncovers when doing wudu’.

As for putting her hand into her sleeve, that will not properly accomplish the washing of the arms, because what is required is for water to flow over the part that is being washed and reach every part of it, and that is not possible if she washes her arms when they are inside the sleeves.

With regard to wiping the head, there is nothing wrong with wiping the front part of the head, then completing the wiping over the head cover, because a concession allowing a woman to wipe over her head cover was granted by a number of the scholars, especially if there is a need to do that.

Allah Almighty knows best.




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