Forgot to utter “bismillaah” when making wudhoo


Question: What should the Muslim say if he forgets to utter [بسم الله] when doing wudhoo, and then he remembers [not having done so] just before completing the wudhoo? Should he utter [بسم الله في أوله و آخره] just as he would when eating, or how would you advise?

Response: Uttering [بسم الله] when doing wudhoo is obligatory should one remember [to do so]. If however he forgets [to do so] at the beginning of the wudhoo, then he can utter it at any stage he remembers [during the wudhoo].

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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