Women generally colour their nails with
some material or the other. In current times, various types of
nail polishes are used for this purpose. The question which
arises as a result is about the method of doing wudū in such
cases. Generally, three answers have been given to this
Firstly, wudū cannot be done if
a lady has put on nail polish, and therefore it must be
removed every time before doing wudū.
Secondly, even after putting on nail
polish, the status of a lady’s hands do not change, and
therefore wudū would be valid if done in this situation; there
is no need to remove the nail polish.
Thirdly, such a situation should be
considered analogous to wiping of socks (mash). So if nail
polish has been put on after doing wudū, there is no need to
remove it; wudū can be done on it. However, if it has been put
on without doing wudū, then it must be removed and then wudū
should be done.
I prefer the third of these views. It is
the view which takes caution into consideration and also does
not burden a lady. It is also closer to the objective of
self-purification. It is therefore recommended that women
adopt this method for coming into the presence of their Lord.