Q: There is a lot of controversy over some issues related to Wudu’ (ablution).
Some say that when the person wants to perform Wudu', he should first wash both his hands three times. Others say that he should wash each hand separately three times; from the fingers to the elbows. I would like to know which way is preferable.
A: All praise be to Allah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions.The person performing Wudu’ should start by washing both his hands together three times, from the wrist to the fingertips. (Part No. 5; Page No. 230) However, washing the arms up to the elbows comes after washing the face. The person washes his right arm up to the elbow three times, then washes the left arm also from the fingertips to the elbow three times, each arm separately. If the person washes each arm once, it will be sufficient. This is because it is Fard (obligatory, based on a definitive text) to wash it once, whereas washing each arm a second and a third time is Sunnah (supererogatory act of worship following the example of the Prophet).May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.