Rinsing the nose and mouth with same handful of water
Fatwa No: 88886

Question

Is it Sunnah to rinse the mouth and the nose together with the same handful of water?

Answer

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

 

It is a Sunnah to rinse the mouth and nose from the same handful of water and this should be done three times. It is confirmed that the method of performing ablution by the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is as narrated by 'Uthmaan  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him who said: "…Then he put his hands (in the container of water) and pulled out water and rinsed his mouth and sniffed up water into his nostrils from the same handful of water, and he did this three times." [Muslim and Abu Daawood]

Besides, Al-Bukhari  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him reported the Hadeeth with the following wording: "…Then he took a scoop of water and rinsed his mouth and sniffed up water into his nostrils."

Ibn Habbaan  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him reported the Hadeeth with the following wording: "Three times with three handfuls."

Imaam An-Nawawi  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him stated in his commentary on the book of Imaam Muslim  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him: "There is a clear evidence in this Hadeeth about the correct method, and that the Sunnah in rinsing the mouth and sniffing up water into nostrils is that it should be done in three handfuls of water, rinsing the mouth and sniffing water into nostrils from each one of them." As regards raising the hands while making a supplication when entering the mosque and leaving it, then we do not know of any evidence about it in the Sunnah.

Allaah Knows best.

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