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Sunnah 75: Do not waste water during wudhu

July 4, 2010

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

The Prophet (pbuh) said: “Do not waste water, even if you perform your ablution on the banks of an abundantly-flowing river.” [Ibn Majah], and he (pbuh) used to make ablution with one madd of water. [Bukhari and Muslim]

A madd was a measurement used in those days. Madd literally means to stretch, and the measurement was called a madd because food sellers would fill both their hands with food and the person selling would stretch their hands out to the buyer with that measurement. So imagine that the Prophet (pbuh) would perform wudhu with that amount of water!

Let us try to limit the amount of water we use in wudhu by filling a small cup with water and try to use just that for wudhu. We will be surprised by how little water we need!

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