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1059 I use olive oil and skin becomes waterproof, I have been told Wudu is valid as nowhere does it say about water has to contact with skin, being a must. As long as you wash the prescribed areas Wudu is valid.

Does that apply to nail polish, if it is applied after Ghusl as I have been told that Wudu is valid? We are created from earth and can never be clean so is Wudu is a way of showing the Creator that we submit to him.
The minimum requirement of Wudu is to ensure that all the four parts of Wudu that are compulsory to be washed are thoroughly washed, ensuring no skin or hair remains dry, with the exception of Masah. Masah is to run moistened hands over the head from forehead to the back and back to forehead (once).

To apply olive oil to the skin, the skin and hair may become sticky but in no way does it make it waterproof. By washing these parts and ensuring the skin is wet will fulfill the criteria. To hold the understanding that it is not a requirement for water to contact the skin is incorrect.

By applying nail varnish after performing Ghusl will not invalidate your Wudu. However if Wudu is broken and fresh Wudu is required, then you will need to remove the nail varnish before you perform Wudu. By leaving the nail varnish on and performing the wudu will result in the Wudu being invalid as the Fard will not be fulfilled as required.

It is correct in stating that we have been made from clay, but it is incorrect to state that we are therefore not clean. If that was the case then why would we be ordered by Allah (S.W.T) to perform Ghusl, when the body becomes unclean (ie after menstrual cycle for women, after sexual Intercourse etc). From this point alone it can be understood that although we were created from clay we cannot assume that this makes us unclean.

(Answered by: Hafiz Mohammed Akhtar)
Category (Wuzu / Ghusl)