Washing the Wudu' organs in the right order and consecutively

Q: During Wudu’ (ablution), should we start by washing the face then perform Madmadah (rinsing the mouth) and Istinshaq (sniffing water) or the other way round? I am asking as I was told that there has been a discussion regarding this matter, with one saying that washing the face comes first while the other says Madmadah and Istinshaq come first.


A: All praise be to Allah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions. It is better, when performing Wudu’, to start with Madmadah (Part No. 5; Page No. 208) and Istinshaq before washing the face, as the Prophet (peace be upon him) did so. There is also Ijma‘ (consensus) among the scholars that it is Mustahab (desirable) to delay washing the face, until after them; but if one washes the face before them, their Wudu’ is valid.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.

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