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Performing Wudhu with spray and mist bottles

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Question and Answer:
Q. Please let me know the ruling on spray bottles and mist bottles for Wudhu? There are a variety of them available on the market. Is it acceptable to use for daily use, or hajj or umrah?
A. It is permissible to perform Wudhu with a spray or mist bottle in the following manner:
1. Spray the face a few times so that droplets of water begin to bead and trickle down. Use your hands to rub the moisture across the entire face as well as over the beard for men.
2. Use the same procedure for the limbs - spray water across the length of the forearms and use your hands to rub the moisture over the entire surface from fingertips to elbows.
3. Spray water onto your palms and make Masah (passing wet hands) over the head.
4. Spray water onto the feet and use your hands to rub the moisture over the entire feet, including between the toes and the ankles.
(It is a condition that when washing any limb, water must bead and trickle off that limb for the Wudhu to be valid. If sufficient water is not sprayed and water does not drip off the limb, the Wudhu will not be considered valid.)
The Wudhu is now complete with these Fard (obligatory) actions. (Hindiyyah 1: 3)
However, it should be noted that this method comprising just the Fard actions should be undertaken only when performing a full Sunnah Wudhu is inconvenient or difficult. Under normal circumstances, one should perform the full Sunnah Wudhu which includes washing the limbs thrice, using a miswak (tooth-stick), and rinsing the mouth and nostrils.
And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best
Mufti Moosa Salie
Mufti Taahir Hansa

(The answer hereby given is specifically based on the question asked and should be read together with the question asked. Islamic rulings on this Q&A newsletter are answered in accordance to the Hanafi Fiqh unless otherwise stated.) 


Fatwa Department
Jamiatul Ulama (KZN) 

Council of Muslim Theologians
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