Wiping Over the Head in Ablution
Fatwa No: 449212

  • Fatwa Date:21-10-2021 - Rabee' Al-Awwal 15, 1443
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Assalaamu ‘alaykum dear scholars,My hairline at the back of my head is not straight, some parts reach all the way to the nape. When wiping the head, is it correct to wipe over these hairs as well?


All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

According to the Shaafi’i School of jurisprudence, the obligation in wiping over the head during ablution is to wipe part of the head. According to the Hanafi School of jurisprudence, it is sufficient to wipe over a quarter of the head, and according to the Hanbali and Maaliki Schools of jurisprudence, the entire head must be wiped over, which is better in order to be on the safe side.

Based on this view, it is obligatory on you to wipe over the entire head.

For more benefit on the portion of the head to be wiped over in Wudhoo’, please refer to Fatawa 53696, 300622 and 233515.

Allah knows best.

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