Removing Paint From the Hands and Feet for Wudhu

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Fatwa ID: 05033


Answered by: Shaykh Ahmed bin Mohamed Umarji




I was painting my house and some paint came on my hands and feet I removed them but still, some were left on my feet. I tried scrubbing but it would not come off. Will my wudhu be valid?



In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful




One fundamental condition for the validity of wudhu is that the water should reach the entire surface of whichever limb is being washed[1]. Thus, any substance which hinders the water from reaching the skin should be removed.


If it is extremely difficult to remove, for example, the paint can only be removed with a knife [by scraping it off] or any other similar instrument, then because of the difficulty in this, it will not be an obstacle to wudu and ghusl.[2]



Only Allah knows best

Written by Shaykh Ahmed bin Mohamed Umarji

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham




[1] Nurul Idhah, Page 20, Zam Zam Publishers

[2] Fatawa Hindiyyah, Page 16, Volume 1, Dar al-Kutub al-Ilmiyyah



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