If one is changing the diaper of a child and he/she touches the private parts of the child, is his wudhu broken?
Shaikh Muqbil ibn Haadi al-Waadi’ee rahimahullah was asked:
Does touching the private parts of a child while washing him break the wudu or not?
“What is apparent is that it nullifies wudu because it was reported [in the Hadith]:
And touches the private parts
And the private parts include the private parts of the young one and the old”.
Shaikh Fawzan hafidhahullah was asked:
What is the ruling on touching the private parts of a child, while I am in a state of wudu, when I am washing his private parts or changing his clothes which requires touching his private parts. Does this break the wudu or not?
“Yes, touching the private parts of a child, front or back, without a barrier breaks wudu. It is like touching the private part of one who is old due to the statement of the Prophet sallahu alayhi wa salam:
من مس ذكره فليتوضأ
He who touches his private part should perform ablution“
[Saheeh Sunan Abi Dawood no. 181]
[Mu’alafaat al-Fawzan (8/122)]
This is also the opinion of Shaikh Raajihi hafidhahullah.
Translated and Answered by
Faisal Ibn Abdul Qaadir Ibn Hassan