Intention for prayers and wudhu


What intention should one make before making wudhu (ablution) or before starting to pray?


The person should have the intention of purity (al-Taharah) to gain proximity to Allah for wudhu (qurbatan ila Allah).

For daily prayers the following needs to be in the intention:
– Which prayer it is (e.g. dhuhr)
– Whether it is Qadha or adaa ( on time)
– Proximity to Allah

Remember the intention does not need to be said out loud. It just needs to be in the mind of the person such that if someone were to ask that person what they were doing, they would be able to answer.

Answered by: Dr Ali Alsamail
Certified by: Sheikh Mansour Leghaei