Wiping(mash) of the Head
Wiping(mash) of the Head

Book:

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

Chapter:

Acts of Wudu'

Topic/Issue:9 - Wiping(mash) of the Head -- مسح الرأس
Agreement:

The jurists agreed that wiping (mas-h) of the head is one of the obligations of wudu’, but differed on how much of the head had to be wiped:

Opinions:
Opinion FromOpinionExplanation
Hanafi and ShafiIt is obligatory to wipe a part of the head (Hanafi: minumum 1/4th, Shafi: no limit)The word 'ba' (..and (wash) your feet to the ankles..) in verse 5:6 is used for 'porition-of'
The narration of al-Mughira is ambiguous, as it could be the front of the head only or the back of the head only
MalikIt is obligatory to wipe the whole head, Some Malikites said 1/3rd or 2/3rd is minimum.The word 'ba' (..and (wash) your feet to the ankles..) in verse 5:6 is used for emphasis
Also used the narration of al-Mughira
Disagreement
Reasons:

Reason for Disagreement

  • Ambiguity due to the letter “ba”.
    • Sometimes this particle is used for emphasis: Those who took this meaning considered the entire head obligatory. They further added the narration of al-Mughira that, “the Prophet performed ablution wiping his forehead and turban.” [Muslim]
    • Sometimes it means “portion of”: Those who took this meaning obligated wiping only part of the head, and said that the narration of Muslim was ambiguous, as it could be the front of the head only or the back of the head only.
Evidences :1 - Quran [5:6], 2 - Sahih Muslim [# 528] [Hide/Show]
Tags :Worship,Purification, Tahara, Wudu',Head, Mash
See Also:The Acts of Ablution
References:1[pg:7-8] [Hide/Show]
Last Updated:2010-03-14

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