Can you do Wudu in the shower?

If you are wondering if it is permissible to perform wudu in the shower naked to perform your prayer, this article will help you find your answer.

Doing wudu in the shower is permissible because wudu consists of washing the body parts with water and being naked does not affect the validity of the wudu

It is worth mentioning that the one who does wudu in the shower should be aware that if he touches his private part even though accidentally, he must repeat the wudu, according to the words of the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him): “Whoever touches his private part, let him do wudoo’.” Narrated by Abu Dawood (181) and classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Abi Dawood. 

Does ghusl count as Wudu?

Allah says in surah An-Nisa verse 43 “O believers! Do not approach prayer while intoxicated until you are aware of what you say, nor in a state of ˹full˺ impurity—unless you merely pass through ˹the mosque˺—until you have bathed. But if you are ill, on a journey, or have relieved yourselves, or been intimate with your wives and cannot find water, then purify yourselves with clean earth, wiping your faces and hands. And Allah is Ever-Pardoning, All-Forgiving.”

Upon the authority of Aisha, may God be pleased with her: The Messenger of God, peace be upon him and may God bless him, did not perform ablution after Ghusl. The obvious meaning of these texts is that ghusl is sufficient to perform the prayer without the condition of ablution or Wudu.

This is true if ablution is obligatory, but if ablution is Sunnah or for purification, then ablution is not part of ablution.

Can you do Wudu instead of Ghusl?

It is not possible to do wudu instead of ghusl. Ghusl is obligatory, and if you have done Wudu before ghusl, you must also do ghusl to purify the body. If you have done ghusl, then it is not necessary to do wudu because you can pray directly when you purify your body as ghusl.

Allah says in Surah al-Maidah verse 6 “O believers! When you rise up for prayer, wash your faces and your hands up to the elbows, wipe your heads, and wash your feet to the ankles. And if you are in a state of ˹full˺ impurity,1 then take a full bath. But if you are ill, on a journey, or have relieved yourselves, or have been intimate with your wives and cannot find water, then purify yourselves with clean earth by wiping your faces and hands.2 It is not Allah’s Will to burden you, but to purify you and complete His favour upon you, so perhaps you will be grateful.”

Can you do wudu with wet hair?

If you perform wudu in the shower or after the shower and your body is wet, you may wonder if the wudu is valid because the body parts are wet.

In order for the Wudu to be correct, it is necessary that the parts of the ablution that need to be wiped are not wet, so that the effect of the wiper (which is the hand in this case) is on the body part that needs to be wiped and not vice versa.

As for the organs that are washed during the ablution, it does not matter if they are wet before the ablution or Wudu, and they should not be dried for the ablution.

Can you do wudu without a shirt?

If the weather is hot or you are just getting out of the shower and want to do wudu but you don’t have a shirt on, the question may arise whether you can do wudu without a shirt and whether this jeopardizes the validity of the wudu.

Performing wudu without a shirt is permissible, as opposed to performing the prayer, which must cover certain parts of the body to be valid

Can you do wudu with makeup on?

Many Muslim women wonder if it is permissible to do wudu with makeup.

It is permissible to make wudu with makeup if the makeup does not have a substance that prevents the penetration of water into the skin.

Sheikh Aweidah Othman, secretary for fatwa at Egypt’s Dar Al Iftaa, said that the scholars said that if a woman wears makeup and has not yet performed wudu, or if her wudu has been broken and the makeup is on her face, and it is a type that prevents water from reaching the skin – then it must be removed until the wudu is valid.

Othman added in his response to the question, “What is the verdict on ablution with makeup and nail polish?” That wearing makeup after ablution is not something that is critical, but wearing it before ablution is not correct because it can have an offense that prevents water from reaching the skin, but if one applies makeup after performing ablution and her wudu has been observed, she can pray with it as long as she wants as long as her ablution is not invalid.

Shaykh Ibn Baz, may God Almighty have mercy on him, was asked: Does the makeup prevent water from entering during ablution? Meaning, should we remove this makeup during every ablution?

  He answered by saying: if the makeup has a substance that prevents the water, then it should be removed, and if it has no substance but is only a dye, then it is not necessary to remove it, but if it has a substance that prevents the water, meaning it prevents the water, then it must be removed, from the face, and so on from the arm