Public restrooms are just in general the worst. You know what’s even worse? Having to do your wudu in public restrooms. No one wants to get caught with their foot in the sink. No one wants to be that Muslim that makes other non-Muslims think we’re such weirdos (though the mainstream media does a good job of that on its own).
1. Unisex single use restrooms are your best friend.
You have your privacy, the door locks so you know you can take your time doing wudu properly without any fears of being interrupted. Find these gems on campus and take advantage of the comfort they provide. I know on College Ave, there’s one in the Student Activities Center, one in the Satellite Computer Lab, and one in the MPR of the College Ave Student Center. I’m not too familiar with the bathroom situations on other campuses, so if you know of any other restrooms like these around Rutgers, let us know in the comments!
2. Make your wudu in bathrooms that aren’t as commonly used.
This is the next best thing to unisex single use restrooms because it minimizes your chance of someone walking in while you’re doing wudu. Less traffic means more privacy!
3. Bring a friend with you.
There is strength in numbers and you won’t feel (as) flustered if a non-Muslim walks in.
4. Be mindful of when the bathrooms are often used.
This tends to be in between classes when people are rushing to places. But if it’s in the middle of the class period, there tends to not be as many people just hanging around. Take advantage of these time slots to do your wudu!
5. Have a bunch of paper towels ready.
This way, you can wipe down any water that was splashed around the sink and on the floor. Don’t leave any signs of having done wudu in the bathroom, mostly to give the custodians any sort of break, which they definitely deserve.
6. Don’t actually put your feet in the sink when washing them.
Instead raise them to knee level and wipe them. This is a much less awkward position to be caught in and if done properly, it decreases the amount of water that gets splashed on the floor.
7. JUST OWN IT.
You are purifying yourself to obey Allah and a random stranger thinking you’re weird is absolutely nothing compared to fulfilling your obligations as a Muslim.
Leave your own tips in the comments below!