Eating camel meat invalidates Wudu'

Q: Is it necessary to perform Wudu' (ablution) after eating camel meat and why?


A: All praise be to Allah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions. Anyone who eats camel meat must perform Wudu’, whether the Salah (Prayer) to be offered is obligatory or supererogatory. This is based on the answer the Prophet (peace be upon him) gave when he (peace be upon him) was asked if Wudu’ should be performed after eating camel meat, he said, “Yes.” And when he was asked if Wudu’ should be performed after eating lamb or goat’s meat, he said, “If you wish.” (Related by (Part No. 5; Page No. 274) Imam Muslim in his "Sahih [Book of Authentic Hadith]"). Also, Ibn Al-Qayyim (may Allah be merciful to him) said, concerning the wisdom behind this ruling, "Camels are well-known for having long-standing grudges and harboring desires for revenge against those who harm them, even over a long period of time. It was mentioned that humans acquire the character of what they eat, so Wudu’ was ordained for those who eat camel meat to remove what may ensue from the grudges and spite." It is obligatory on our part to show total submission to Allah regarding all the rulings of Shari‘ah (Islamic law), even if we fail to unveil the wisdom behind them, and Allah knows best.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.

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