Performing Wudu' using seawater

Q: Is it permissible to perform Wudu` (ablution) using sea water? If I am by the sea and have fresh water available, should I perform Wudu` with the fresh water or sea water? Some people say that it is not permissible to perform Wudu` with sea water unless it is a necessity, but others say that it is not permissible at all. Please advise and may Allah preserve you!


A: All praise is due to Allah Alone and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, his family and Companions. To commence: It is permissible to perform Wudu` using sea water, as the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "Its water is ritually pure and its dead are lawful." There is no difference in this, whether you have (Part No. 5; Page No. 75) fresh water available to perform Wudu' with or not.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.

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