How to Perform Tayammum ?

Imagine you are in a situation in which you need water to perform¬†Wudu but if you can’t find any. Or you are¬†calling in sick and you can’t touch water with your bare hands. You can performTayammum, an alternative to wudu, which does not require the use of water.


If you are sick, or on a journey, or one of you has used toilet, or had contact with women (Sexual relations with wives) and each not find water, then make Tayammum: take some clean earth and rub your faces and hands with it. Allah is lenient, forgiving.

Chapter 4, An-Nisa’a, Verse 43

  1. Make an intention.
    saying bismillah.
  2. strike the palms of the hands once on clean earth such as sand or any clean surface on which dust has collected. ( Bukhari, Muslim )
  3. Blow off the excess.
  4. Wipe each hand up to the Wrist.
  5. Wipe the face.


Items on which Tayammum is permitted:

  • Taahir (pure) earth.
  • Sand.
  • Stone.
  • Limestone.
  • Baked earthen pots (unglazed).
  • Walls of mud, stone or brick.
  • Clay.
  • All items which have thick dust on them.


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