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Reciting ‘Bismillah’ or ‘Bismillahi wal hamdulillah’ when commencing wudu


Reciting ‘Bismillah’ before commencing wudu will suffice. Some books mention ‘Bismillahi wal hamdulillah’. Which one is preferred?



This is not a contradiction.

Although reciting Bismillah will suffice, you should endeavour to recite ‘Bismillahi wal hamdulillah’. By reciting ‘Bismillahi wal hamdulillah’ a person will continue receiving rewards until he breaks the wudu.

Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

O Abu Hurayrah! When you [intend to] make wudu, then say ‘Bismillahi wal hamdulillah’, for the guarding angels will continue writing rewards until you break that wudu.

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And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.


Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala


Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar