Minor Dirt Remnants On the Body Don't Invalidate Wudhoo'
Fatwa No: 415285

Question

As Salamu Alaykum! I have a question regarding validity of prayer, I woke up for fajr and took off a band aid from the previous night, some remains of glue had stayed which in wudu I washed off and after wudu I was certain I had gotten removed off it but the issue lies that after salah i seen dried up remains that have dried up AFTER the wudu, this incident put some doubt into me so I re prayed fajr and i did an action that would constitute sujood as sahw after Salam but I was praying the 2 rakats loudly and did sujood as sahw quietly by mistake, is either one of these prayers valid?

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

If you removed the traces of glue and washed them off during Wudhoo' (ablution) until you became certain that they were properly removed but then saw some dried up remnants after having performed the prayer, then your ablution and prayer are valid, and it is not incumbent on you to repeat the prayer. The matter is easy and the Muslim scholars held that insignificant barriers on the body which prevent water from reaching the skin and are difficult to remove are pardoned by analogy to the small amount of dirt under the fingernail. This is the view chosen by Shaykhul-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him.

With regard to the prayer in which you performed Sujood As-Sahw (prostration of forgetfulness) and recited its Takbeer (saying “Allahu Akbar” [Allah is The Greatest]) silently, it is valid as well. In fact, when a person performs an audible prayer individually, there is no need to recite Takbeer aloud, as stated by Shaykh Ibn Baaz  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him.

We fear that you might be afflicted with Waswasah (satanic whisperings). If this is the case, you should ignore such whisperings and pay no attention to them lest they lead you to risky and unpleasant consequences.

For more benefit that small amount of dirt on body is excused in ablution and Ghusl, please refer to Fataawa 398425, 358009, 364156, 361111, 278056, and 357280.

Allah Knows best.

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