Wudu'' (ablution) before Istinja''

Q 4: Our teacher told us that performing Istinja' (cleansing the private parts with water after urination or defecation) after breaking wind is reprehensible. This means that if one breaks wind after performing Wudu' (ablution), it will be reprehensible for him to perform Istinja'. Is this saying correct?


A: All Praise be to Allah Alone and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, his family and Companions. It is reprehensible to perform Istinja' because of breaking wind. Doing so is considered to be extreme. Breaking wind violates Wudu' according to the consensus of Muslims. Washing the private parts is called Istinja' and wiping them with stones and the like is called Istijmar (cleansing the private parts with hard material after urination or defecation).May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.

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