Making wudhu with nail polish

Q: Why is wudhu not valid if someone wears nail polish? Wudhu is a matter of cleanliness, so if anyone wears it after cleaning their nails then the dirt will only touch the nail polish. When performing wudhu, the nail polish will be washed. So why should the water should reach the nail? 

A: Wudhu is a means of cleanliness in the way that the shariah wants us to clean ourselves. Hence, the requirement is that water has to touch all the areas that need to be washed. Therefore, if the nail polish is not porous, water will not reach the nails which need to be washed.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)