In this lesson, Abu Humayd Saalim discusses the issue of wiping over the turban.

Wiping over the turban is allowed under two conditions:

  • The turban must be covering the area of the head which is traditionally covered.
  • The turban must be wrapped round the lower jaw up to the head, one or more than one turn, or to be with a back tail.

The permissibility of wiping over the turban in ablution is stated in many ahadith that the Prophet Salallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam wiped over his head during ablution. To illustrate, ‘Umar Ibnul-khattab (may Allaah be pleased with him) said:

“He who is not purified by wiping over the turban (i.e does not deem it sufficient for wiping over the head), then may Allaah not purify him”.

It is permissible to wipe over splints, bandages and the likes. It is also permissible to wipe over plasters that cover wounds. There is no fixed period for wiping over the wound.


The proof of the permissibility of wiping over the splint is the following hadith narrated by Jabir (May Allaah be pleased with him); he reported:

Once, we were on a journey and one of us was injured in his head by stone. Then that man had a wet dream, so he asked his companions saying, ‘Is it permissible for me to perform tayammum (dry ablution with clean earth)?’ They answered him saying, ‘We do not see any legal permission for you as you are able to use water’. So the man had a ritual bath after which he died. When we came to Allaah’s Messenger (Salallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) we told him about this. He (Salallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) said, “They killed him; may Allaah kill them! Why did they not ask when being ignorant, for inquiry is the cure for ignorance? It would have been sufficient for him to perform tayammum (instead of ablution) and to bandage his wound with a piece of cloth over and then to wipe over it (the cloth)”.’ (Abu Dawud (336) [1/172] and Ibn Majah (572) [1/321])


Wiping is to be applied to the upper part of the khuffs. As for the turban, most of it should be wiped over, especially its folds. However, the splint has to be wholly wiped over.

The talk also covers the issue of wiping over the shoes. For more benefits, please listen to the full talk.