Doubting One's Limbs Getting Wet in Wudhu and Ghusl

Q: My problem is that when I perform Wudhu and Ghusl, the water does flow over my skin but my skin does not get wet. I think the reason for this is that my skin is too dry. I think my Wudhu/Ghusl will not get accepted if skin does not get wet so I apply soap then my skin does get wet for a very short period. However, that is causing me problems, the soap finishes too quickly, Wudhu and Ghusl take too long and lots of water is wasted. Please tell me if I pour water over skin but skin does not get wet will wudhu/ghusl be accepted?

A: Just to clear your mind, the sunnat method is to rub the limb that you are washing. This is sufficient. You do not have to be concerned after you have rubbed your hand over the limb that has been washed.

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Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)