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Breaking Wudu During Tawaf: What to Do?

27 July, 2019
Q As-salamu `alaykum. What should a pilgrim do if he breaks wudu (ablution) during the tawaf? Does he have to continue the number of circles where he stopped or shall he start the tawaf over?


Wa `alaykum as-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi 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 pilgrim breaks his wudu during tawaf, he should perform ablution and restart his tawaf.

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The late prominent Saudi scholar Sheikh Ibn Baz (may Allah have mercy on him) was asked about this issue and he said,

If a person becomes in a state of minor impurity during tawaf, his tawaf is rendered invalid, as in the case of Prayer. So, he should go and purify himself, then start tawaf all over again. This is the correct view.

There is a difference of scholarly opinion concerning this matter, but this is the correct view with regard to both tawaf and Prayer because the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “If one of you breaks wind whilst praying, let him go and do wudu and repeat his prayer.” (Abu Dawud)

And tawaf is of the same nature as Prayer in general.

Allah Almighty knows best.

Editor’s note: This fatwa is from Ask the Scholar’s archive and was originally published at an earlier date.