Must wudu be performed in sequence.

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Asalam alaikum wa rehmatullah
My questions are:
-Is it fard to perform all rituals of wudu (farz and sunnah) in the prescribed sequence?

-If the wudu is interrupted in between forgetfully or otherwise is it necessary to repeat it?

JazakAllah Khair 


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Must wudu be performed in sequence

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It is considered a preferred Sunnah to perform all the acts of ‘wudu’ uninterrupted and in the exact prescribed sequence.


If for some reason one performs all the acts of ‘wudu’ but against the prescribed sequence, or interrupts the performance of the ‘wudu’ by unreasonable time, the question is would such a ‘wudu’ be considered valid.


There is a difference of opinion amongst the scholars regarding this issue.


The majority of the scholars, including Imam Abu Hanifa are of the opinion although it is highly preferred and the Sunnah is that one should perform all the acts of ‘wudu’ uninterrupted and in the exact prescribed sequence, if for some reason, one interrupts the performance of the ‘wudu’ or goes against the prescribed sequence, the ‘wudu’ would still be considered valid.


A few scholars including Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal hold the opinion that to follow the prescribed sequence of ‘wudu’ is obligatory; and if one for some reason performs the ‘wudu’ out of sequence, their ‘wudu’ would be null and void.


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