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Is it sunnah to wipe neck during ablution?


بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

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Allah says in the glorious Quran: O you who have believed! When you rise to offer the Salat, you must wash your faces and hands and your arms up to the elbows, and wipe your head with wet hands and wash your feet up to the ankles. Quran [5:6]

In the above verse of the glorious quran allah has made wadu obligatory and a precondition for performing the prayer. The prophets way of doing wadu or ablution is:

Narrated by Humran I saw Uthman (r.a.) performing ablution; he washed his hands thrice, rinsed his mouth and then washed his nose, by putting water in it and then blowing it out, and washed his face thrice, and then washed his right forearm up to the elbow thrice, and then the left-forearm up to the elbow thrice, then smeared his head with water, washed his right foot thrice, and then his left foot thrice and said, "I saw Allah's Messenger (saws) performing ablution similar to my present ablution." Sahih Al- Bukhari [Volume: 3, Book: 31, Hadith: 155]

Narrated by Ali ibn AbuTalib Abdu Khayr said: 'Ali came upon us and he had already offered prayer. He called for water. We asked: "What will you do with water when you have already offered prayer? - Perhaps to teach us." A utensil containing water and a wash-basin were brought (to him). He poured water from the utensil on his right hand and washed both his hands three times, rinsed the mouth, snuffed up water and cleansed the nose three times. He then washed his face three times, and washed his right hand three times and washed his left hand three times. He then put his hand in water and wiped his head once. He then washed his right foot thrice and left foot thrice, then said: 'If one is pleased to know the method of performing ablution of the Messenger of Allah (saws), this is how he (saws) did it.' Abu-Dawood [Book 1 : Hadith 111]

Dear brother, the scholars of islam are unanimous in their opinion that the wiping of neck is not the rite of wadu. 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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