Performing wudu for females is an essential step of Salah and is itself an act of worship. It’s crucial to perform wudu correctly, ensuring that you don’t waste water and understanding that your wudu cleanses away sins.
Whether you’re performing wudu for the first time or want to refresh your memory, our step-by-step guide will make it easy for you.
How to Perform Wudu for Females
- Let’s start by saying Bismillah. Begin your wudu by saying “Bismillah” (In the name of Allah).
- Now wash your hands. Clean your hands up to the wrists three times, ensuring they’re washed well.
- Rinse your mouth and nose. Rinse your mouth twice, swirling the water around, and wash your nose three times, blowing out the water with your hand to remove the water from your nose. This Sunnah’s secret is the fact that it allows you to check whether the water is pure and clean enough to use for wudu!
- Make your intention. Keep in mind that you are presently doing the fard (obligatory) actions of wudu.
- Wash your face twice. Clean your face twice, from the hairline to the chin and from ear to ear, making sure the face under the lips and the nose are washed. A woman should wash any facial hair she may have, including eyebrows.
- Wash your hands and arms. Clean your hands and arms from your fingertips up to your elbows three times. It’s essential to remove anything that could prevent the water from reaching the skin, such as dough, mud, or paint.
- Wipe your head. Begin by placing your wet hands at the front of your head and move them to the back and then back to the front again. For a woman, she must wipe from the front of her head to the roots of the hair at the nape of her neck. She does not have to wipe the whole length of her hair.
- Clean your ears. Wipe the back of your ears and insert your index fingers into your ears, cleaning them gently. It’s preferable to use water for this step.
- Wash your feet. Clean your feet three times up to the ankles, ensuring you wash between your toes with your little finger. Don’t forget the back of your ankles.
- Finish your wudu with the dua. Conclude your wudu by reciting the following dua: “Ash-hadu’an laa’ilaaha’illallaahu wahdahu laa shareeka lah, wa’ash-hadu’anna Muhammadan’abduhu wa Rasooluhu” (I bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah alone, without any partners, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger).
By following these steps, you’ll successfully perform wudu and be prepared for Salah. Remember that wudu is a vital aspect of worship in Islam and should be done with care and attention.