Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) mentioned: The Messenger of Allah was given a small vessel of water and he made wudu. I said: "Did the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) make wudu for every prayer?" He said, "Yes." Then he was aksed: "What about you?" He said: "We used to pray all the prayers as long as we did not break our wudu, and we used to pray all the prayers with one wudu."
Muhammad Adam Al-Ethiopee commented on this hadeeth in his explanation for Sunnan An-Nisa`i. He wrote:
- The hadeeth proves that it's legislated to make wudu for every prayer, regardless if a person needs to or not.
- It's permissible to pray the five daily prayers with only one wudu.
- Ibn Seereen narrated that Abu Bakr, 'Umar and Uthman used to make wudu for every prayer. [Musanaf Ibn Abee Shaybah]
- Making wudu without invalidating it is a recommended act. Reason being, wudu is an act that wipes away sin.
Translated by: Abu Aaliyah Abdullah ibn Dwight Battle
Subhanak Allaahuma wa bihamdika ash-hadu anlaa illaaha illa anta astaghfiruka wa atubu ilayk
If I said anything correct, then it is from Allaah (subhanahu wa taa'ala), and if I erred, then that is from me and shaytan.