Uttering “bismillaah” in the toilet when doing wudhoo

Reference: Sharh ‘Umdatil-Fiqh – Tape No.7, Question No.43

Question: If someone wants to do wudhoo in the toilet – in the [same] place where he relieves himself, is it permissible for him to utter “bismillaah” [بسم الله] before doing wudhoo?

Response: Yes; Shaykh Ibn Baaz (rahima-hullaah) issued a fatwa that he must say “bismillaah”. That is because uttering “bismillaah” [before wudhoo] is obligatory, so he must utter “bismillaah” even if he is in the toilet; he must fulfill that which is required of him.

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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