Q: The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said:
When any of you wakes up from sleep, he must not put his hand in the bowl (of water) until he has washed it three times, for he does not know where his hand was during the night.
Does a person placing his hand in a bowl containing water upon waking up at night defile the
purity of the water,
in which case he will not be permitted to perform Wudu' (ablution) with it? Or does it maintain its state of purity, and therefore it will be permissible for him to perform Wudu' with it? Which is correct and preferable? We appreciate your advice. May Allah reward you with the best.
Compliance with the prohibition stated in this Hadith is Ta`abbudy (a devotional obedience; the reason of its legislation lies beyond rational analysis). A person placing his hand in water upon waking up does not necessarily defile the purity of the water. The correct opinion is that it is permissible to perform Wudu' with such water.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.