Mistakes in acts of purification–Shaikh Saaleh Aala Shaikh

Uttering one’s intention loud at the time of performing ablution

It is not allowed, the place of intention is the heart. Uttering the intention loud is something that was not done by our Prophet– and he is the example to be followed.  The ‘legislated intention’ is that the performer of ablution establishes in his heart that such ablution is for the prayer, or (for) touching a copy of the Qur’aan, or for (purification after one’s ablution has been nullified by defecation, urination or passing wind etc.) and what is similar to it. This is intention, for intention is the conviction of the heart to carry out an act of worship. The Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) urged us to begin the ablution with the Basmalah (i.e. to say بِالسْمِ اللّه) and not other than it. So to begin it (i.e. the ablution) by pronouncing one’s intention loud is in opposition to what he (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wsallam) has indicated to and commanded. [Source: Al-Mindhaar Fee Bayaan Katheer Minal Akhtaa Ash-shaa-i-a page: 20]


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