Did I Break My Wudu?

Did I Break My Wudu?

Asalamu alaykum,

Imam Saab:

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?

The Answer:

Asalamu alaykum,

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


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  1. Amatullah says:

    Jazaak Allahu khayran! I was just thinking of this today.

  2. Ali says:


  3. al-Suyuufi says:

    السلام عليكم ورحمتالله

    Is not one of the conditions also that you must be sitting up while sleeping, in such a way that whatever you lean on can be removed and you would not fall? I remember reading this in some scholarly work.

    جزاك الله خير for the clarification.

  4. Harun says:

    Salam ustadh Suhaib,

    Can you mention the source for this actually, who is shaykh al-Fasi al-Maliki? Thanks, jazzak Allah.

    Take care wa salam,

    your brother Harun

  5. Aziza says:

    JazakAllah Khair! Just what I needed!

  6. shabaz says:

    Can somebody ‘Please’ tell me about clear pre ejaculation for a man and what it implies for wuddu.
    Do we have to rinse or have a full shower?
    Do we merely do wuddu again or change underwear, shorts etc?
    It has been driving me mad. Thankyou in advance.

  7. ahmed says:

    you had to do your wudu again at that time because you fall alsleep because you have to wudu againbwhen your uncounious

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