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Camel Meat Invalidates Wudhu

A question about camel meat, does it nullify Wudhu? A Hadith has been reported concerning a man who broke wind, and the Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) ordered all those present to make Wudhu and we learnt in primary school that it invalidates the ablution.

This story is completely baseless and it is a lie against the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam). The Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) was perfectly able to say at that time: Whoever broke wind should make ablution. And he would not have ordered the whole gathering to do it, due to not knowing the identity of the perpetrator. The correct opinion is that it is obligatory to perform ablution after eating camel meat, whether it be little or much, raw or cooked, whatever part of the carcass it is taken from, based upon the words of the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam): Make ablution after eating camel meat. [1] And a man asked him: O Messenger of Allaah! Should we make ablution after eating goat? He (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) replied: If you wish. He said: Should we make ablution after eating camel meat? He (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) said: Yes [2] Since he made it optional for Wudhu to be made after eating goat, it proves that making Wudhu after eating camel meat is not optional. This is the meaning of the obligation to make Wudhu after eating female camel meat.

[1] At-Tirmithi no. 81 and Abu Dawud no. 184 [2] Muslim no. 360

Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih al-`Uthaymeen
Fatawa Islamiyah Vol. 2 Page 89
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