Did I Break My Wudu?
I pray in a masjid close to campus and usually get their after classes, pray my Zuhur Namaz, then sit and wait for the Asr Salat. I’m very tired and most of the time I fall asleep, but not to the point where I’m not aware what’s going on around me. Is it incumbent upon me to make abolition before I pray again?
Imam Ibn ‘Ashir states in The Guiding Helper:
نواقض الوضوء ستة عشر…………………….
وغائظ نوم ثقيل مذى
“The invalidators of wudu are sixteen………………
“[Natural] defecation, heavy sleep and pre-ejaculate
In the text above the author identifies one of the invalidators of wūdu as “heavy sleep.” Therefore, it is not incumbent upon you to make wūdu again because you did not fall into a deep slumber. What you experienced is light sleep.
Sheikh al-Fasī, in his abbreviated explanation of the Guiding Helper, says that light sleep does not invalidate one’s wūdu. He notes that light sleep occurs when one is aware of what is happening around him- if something falls from his hand [and he realizes it], or if people were chatting next to him and he was aware of their chatter.
It is recommended to renew your wūdu if your light sleep lasts long
Al-Fasī al-Malikī states, “It is recommended for a person to renew his wūdu if his light sleep lasted long.”
Allah knows best