Number of times to wipe over the head in Wudoo’

Question 21During Wudoo’ (ablution) we observed that some people wipe their head once while others wipe it three times; which is correct?

Answer: It is prescribed to wipe the head once, because of the Hadeeth of `Uthmaan ibn `Affaan, `Alee and `Abdullaah ibn Zayd (may Allaah be pleased with them). They mentioned in the Hadeeth that the Prophet (peace be upon him) rinsed his mouth, sniffed water into his nostrils and then out, and then washed his face..read more here.

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Performing Wudoo’ inside the bathroom, and Wiping over leather socks

Question 76: Please advise and give us a Fatwaa’ (legal opinion) concerning the following: 

First: is it permissible to perform Wudoo’ (ablution) and Ghusl (ritual bath) in the bathroom, given that there are faucets available outside the bathroom? 

Second: What is the ruling on wiping over leather socks? Can it be performed while a person is wearing shoes, or just over the socks? Please advise, and many thanks to you!

Answer: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions!

First, if one is able to perform Wudoo’ outside the bathroom, it is better, while taking care to pronounce Tasmiyah (saying, “Bismillaah [In the Name of Allaah]”) in the beginning. Otherwise, a person may perform Wudoo’ inside the bathroom while protecting themselves from being soiled with Najaasah (ritual impurity)… read more here.