Wiping of the Ears
Wiping of the Ears


The Book of Ritual Purification (Tahara) - كتاب الطهارة من الحدث.


Acts of Wudu'

Topic/Issue:12 - Wiping of the Ears -- مسح الأذنين
Opinion FromOpinionExplanation
Hanafi, Malik (one group)The wiping of the ear is obligatoryEars are part of head
It is an explanation of an unelaborated word (muhmal) in the Quran, hence its hukum is the hukum already existing for the head
Shafi, Mailik(another group)SunnahThis is an addition to what exists in the Quran about the wiping of the head.
SubIssue: Should water be renewed for wiping the ears
Opinion FromOpinionExplanation
Mailik (one group), ShafiWater is to be renewedEars are considered independent limbs for the purpose of ablution
HanafiUse same water as headEars are part of the head

Two Matters Related to the Ears:

  1. Is it required?
  2. Should a fresh batch of water be used to wipe the ears?

Is Wiping Required?

  1. Obligatory (some of Malik’s followers, Abu Hanifa)
  2. Sunna (shafi’ee, some maalik’s followers)

Reason for Disagreement

  • Conflict of understanding hadeeth on ear wiping (not in Bukhari and Muslim) with ayah 5:6 (did 5:6 already outline all obligations, or is it qualified by the ahadeeth)

Fresh Batch of Water or Not?

  1. Yes
  2. No (shafi’ee)

Reason for Disagreement

  • Are the ears a part of the head or not?
Tags :Worship,Purification, Tahara, Wudu', Mash, Ear
See Also:The Acts of Ablution
References:1[pg:10-11] [Hide/Show]
Last Updated:2010-04-04

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