Does Touching the Privates Nullify One’s Wudhu? A Detailed Answer by the Mālikis, Shafi’is & Hanbalis.

Research Compiled by Abul Layth

The Shafi’i jurist and judge, Qadhi Safadi stated regarding this issue,

They all agree that touching the genitals with something other than the hand does not break wudu’. They disagree about touching the penis with the hand. ( Imam ) Abu Hanifah says that it absolutely does not break wudu’ however you do it. ( Imam ) Ash-Shafi’i and ( Imam ) Mālik say that Wudu’ is broken by touching skin to skin with the front of the hand but not the back. The well-known position of ( Imam ) Ahmad is that either the front or back of the hand breaks it. They agree that someone who touches his testicles, even without a covering, does not have to do wudu’. They disagree about touching the opening of the anus. ( Imam ) Abu Hanifah and ( Imam ) Mālik say that touching it does not break wudu’. ( Imam ) Ash-Shafi’i and ( Imam ) Ahmad say that it does. There is, however, one position from ( Imam ) ash-Shafi’i and one transmission from ( Imam ) Ahmad that it does not break wudu’

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