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Does sexual thoughts break wudu?


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Dear brother, having thoughts that one dislikes is the handiwork of the biggest enemy of mankind known as shaitaan, shaitaan is always on work to divert the believer from the remembrance of Allah, if he cannot hold back the believer from obedience of Allah, he tries to put evil thoughts into the believer, to divert ones attention from the remembrance of Allah. A believer should understand that when any evil thought comes to pass through mind, it is avowed enemy of the believer (shaitaan) trying to divert ones attention, one should immediately seek refuge in the lord of worlds (Allah).

Dear brother, having sexual thoughts does not affect the validity of one’s ablution or wudu. The acts that invalidate one's wudu or ablution are:

  1. Any release from one's private parts (urine, sexual emission, wet dream release, menses blood for women, stool, wind, etc.)
  2. Sexual emission.
  3. Wet dreams.
  4. Menses blood.
  5. Stool (offering call of nature).
  6. Releasing wind.
  7. Deep sleep.
  8. Sexual intercourse.
Regarding the acts mentioned below, there are a difference of opinion amoung the scholars, whether these acts invalidate wudu or not.

  1. The touching of one's private parts.
  2. The touching of women.
  3. Constant bleeding of blood from any part of the body.
  4. Vomiting.
  5. The consuming of camel meat.
  6. The washing of a deceased's body.
And Allah alone knows the best.

I ask Allah to make this a sincere effort, seeking his pleasure, and I ask him to grant us refuge in him from the evils within ourselves, and that in our deeds. I ask him to grant us success in achieving whatever pleases him; And May Allah Shower His blessings and mercy upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), his family and his Companions and on all those who follow him until the final hour.

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