Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.
May peace, mercy and blessings of Allah be upon you.
Dear brothers and sisters.
To those of you who would like to reaffirm as to how best to take your wudu' @ ablution, I recommend you to watch and learn from this video.
The wudu' or ablution is required of every Muslim, male and female who are in a pure state of mind, body and spirit to prepare him or herself in order to be able to stand, sit or lie in prayer before Almighty Allah, Lord, Master, Supreme Creator of us all.
There are just so many benefits of taking wudu' that only those who have learned about its significance will cherish being in a state of wudu as long as they can?
The ritual of taking wudu' or ablution is a fundamental part of ibadah in Islam. For us to merit standing in prayer before our Lord, it is required for us to be absolutely clean and purified, both in body and soul plus our attire or garments must be kept clean and free from filth, either visible or by our sense of smell.
The Muslim or Muslimah who wants to attain the blessings of Allah the Most Merciful must strive to ensure that he or she takes the wudu' with full knowledge of exactly what they are doing?
After making sure that we are free from any form of filth @ najis on our person or our clothes that we are wearing, we must then make the intention of taking wudu' in or heart.
There are several ways that you can recite the intention of taking wudu'.
The most basic will be to start making the intention to take wudu in our heart:
It reads as : 'Nawaitu raf'al hadasil asghari Lillahi Ta'ala!'
meaning : 'Verily I am taking the minor ablution for the sake of Allahu Ta'ala.'
We can also just recite in our heart :
It reads as : Nawaitul wudu' a Lillahi Ta'ala!'
meaning :' Verily I am taking wudu' for the sake of Allahu Ta'ala'.
We then recite Basmallah :
In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful.
Follow what is being shown in the video above.
Dear brothers and sisters, fellow Muslims, wherever you may be.
Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala with His Infinite Wisdom commands us to prepare ourselves both in body and spirit to enter into a state of purity before proceeding to perform our prayers.
In Surah Al Maidah Chapter 5 Verse 6 of the Holy Al Quran al Kareem, Allah the Almighty's decree for us to take wudu @ ablution before performing our acts of ibadah is as below:
6. Ya ayyuha allatheena amanoo itha qumtum ila alssalati faighsiloo wujoohakum waaydiyakum ila almarafiqi waimsahoo biruoosikum waarjulakum ila alkaAAbayni wa-in kuntum junuban faittahharoo wa-in kuntum marda aw AAala safarin aw jaa ahadun minkum mina algha-iti aw lamastumu alnnisaa falam tajidoo maan fatayammamoo saAAeedan tayyiban faimsahoo biwujoohikum waaydeekum minhu ma yureedu Allahu liyajAAala AAalaykum min harajin walakin yureedu liyutahhirakum waliyutimma niAAmatahu AAalaykum laAAallakum tashkuroona
6. O ye who believe! when ye prepare for prayer, wash your faces, and your hands (and arms) to the elbows; Rub your heads (with water); and (wash) your feet to the ankles. If ye are in a state of ceremonial impurity, bathe your whole body. But if ye are ill, or on a journey, or one of you cometh from offices of nature, or ye have been in contact with women, and ye find no water, then take for yourselves clean sand or earth, and rub therewith your faces and hands, God doth not wish to place you in a difficulty, but to make you clean, and to complete his favour to you, that ye may be grateful.~~~SadaqAllah hal adzhim.
Verily Allah is the Most Truthful.
Prayer @ Solat is the main pillar of faith in Islam after the Declaration of Faith and our putting it into practice is the major criteria in determining one's station in either heaven or hell in the hereafter.
Islam makes it compulsory for any Believer who wants to submit in prayer before his or her Lord Almighty to first and foremost cleanse their body and attire from all forms of filth or impurities by either taking a bath if one has had sexual contact with one's spouse or as in the case of females, just had completed their menstrual cycle.
One needs also to have cleansed oneself after answering the call of nature as prescribed by the Sunnah @ Example of the Blessed Messenger of Allah, Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam.
Only after one has purified and cleansed oneself from the major hadas or minor hadas, can one proceed to then take one's ablution in preparation for prayer.
In an authentic hadith related by Amru bin Abasah, he said :
" I asked the Prophet Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam to tell me about the benefits of taking wudu!"
The Blessed Messenger said:"Those of you who perfects your wudu, then gargles, blows your nose with the ablution waters, then the sins of your face and nostrils are cleansed from yourselves.
Then when you wash your face as commanded by Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala, the sins from your faces are washed away with the water that drips from your beards (for men).
When you wash your hands up to your elbows, the sins committed by using your hands are washed away together with the waters of your wudu.
When you then wash your legs up to your ankles, then the sins committed between them are washed away together with the water from your washings.
When you then stand and perform your solat @ prayer. praising Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala and glorify Him as you are obliged to and focus your heart towards Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala, then you will be released of your sins and return to the state as when you were just delivered by your mother."
(Hadith related by Muslim).
Sadaqa Rasulullah Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam.
At times, when I am at the masjid, I come across many who rush through the taking of their wudu.
If only they knew the tremendous benefits they stand to reap as their rewards for taking wudu' as perfectly as possible?
This is the simplest of practices yet there are so many of our fellow Muslims today who do not focus on taking their wudu as best as they can and they simply rush through it!
I learned many years before about this benefit of taking the wudu as perfectly as we can for the removing of sins from the parts of our body which we have to wash in wudu.
The parts of our body which are touched by the waters of wudu will be spared from being burnt by Hellfire!
It is said that for every of our hair that is washed by the wudu waters, one sin will be washed away and a blessing be entered into our Book of Deeds as a reward.
Imagine the number of hairs that are on a human head?
Someone asked me about what is the case if the person is bald and has no hair?
I remember my answer to him that we still have our pores on our scalp and for each pore touched by the wudu waters, the equivalent number of sins are forgiven and blessings attained in return.
The answer is based upon the hadith above. This I learned during my years of learning Tasawwuf with my syaikh. May Allah bless him.
Dear Ikhwanul Muslimin na wal Muslimat.
Modern health sciences have discovered that the taking of wudu has tremendous benefits for the believing humans.
We are exposed to all kinds of bacterial infection daily from being exposed to the environment and atmosphere which contains airborne germs and other microscopic life forms that may be detrimental to our health.
The constant taking of ablution by a praying Muslim in a way helps to keep him or her clean and free from all these unseen dangers that will harm us if not cleansed off by water.
I came across this excerpt from TurntoIslam where they have quoted from Islamonline the following :
“Nor does he say (aught) of (his own) Desire. It is no less than inspiration sent down to him” (Chapter 53, Verse 3 & 4).
Fourteen centuries ago, our Prophet(peace and blessings be upon him), gave us a prescription of 26 washing movements to be carried out 5 times a day, a total of 130 daily washing movements, to grant us optimum health.
“O ye who believe! when ye prepare for prayer, wash your faces, and your hands (and arms) to the elbows; Rub your heads (with water); and (wash) your feet to the ankles. If ye are in a state of ceremonial impurity, bathe your whole body. But if ye are ill, or on a journey, or one of you cometh from offices of nature, or ye have been in contact with women, and ye find no water, then take for yourselves clean sand or earth, and rub therewith your faces and hands, Allah doth not wish to place you in a difficulty, but to make you clean, and to complete his favor to you, that ye may be grateful.” (Chapter 5, Verse 6)
Before a Muslim performs his prayers, he carries out the ablution movements mentioned in the above verse as well as others, which the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) has shown us.
Thus, the ablution comprises of washing the hands, arms right up to the elbow, face, mouth, nostrils, and feet up the ankle, all three times each. The inside and behind the ears, as well as the part of the head above the forehead is wiped once. Done five times a day, it not only cleanses these vital parts of the body from dust and dirt but also "softens" and refreshes them. [Health and Fitness In Islam, Halal.com]
Interestingly enough, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) also encouraged doing ablution before going to bed. This same ritual is also encouraged by Yoga experts who say that washing important motor and sensory organs such as the hands, arms, eyes, legs, mouth and genitals before sleep using cool water relaxes the body preparing it for a deep sleep. [Avadhuta, Vedprajinananda, Yoga Health Secrets]
Stimulating the Biological Rhythms
In an article titled “Muslims Rituals and their Effect on the Person’s Health”, Dr. Magomed Magomedov, assistant to the department of the Man’s General Hygiene and Ecology in the Daghestan State Medical Academy, speaks about how ablution stimulates the biological rhythms of the body and specifically Biological Active Spots (BASes), very much like the idea behind Chinese reflexotherapy.
Presently we know that a man is a complex system of electromagnetic fields, meridians, biological rhythms and so on. Man’s internal organs, in their turn, present a no less sophisticated bioenergetical whole; they all have indissoluble multi-channel bilateral connections with the skin, which hosts special spots, whose functions resemble those of buttons on “control” and “ recharge boards” responsible for particular organs. These spots are called biologically active spots (BASes). [Magomedov, Magomed, Muslim Rituals & their effect on the person’s health]
While pointing out to the similarities between ablution and the science of Chinese reflexology in his fascinating article, Dr. Magomedov also states the main different points. To become a doctor in reflexology, he says, one has to take a 15 to 20 year course of study, incomparable with the simple learning techniques of ablution.
In another comparison, reflexotherapy was primarily used to cure diseases and very rarely for prevention, while, as we shall see, ablution has many preventive benefits. There was also a negative side to reflexotherapy, he says, one that is not found in ablution; a patient was exposed to traumas since doctors used cauterisation.
“The majority of the most powerful BASes are being washed during the Muslim ritual. It is not the doctor, who had studied for many years, who does it, but every Muslim by himself. Besides, praying five times a day obliges a Muslim to take the preventive measures against diseases beforehand.”[Magomedov, Magomed, Muslim Rituals & their effect on the person’s health]
According to Dr. Magomedov, Chinese medicine says that there are more than 700 BASes, and sixty-six of them have quick reflex therapy effects and are named the drastic (or aggression or antique or prime-elements) spots.
Out of these sixty-six spots, sixty-one of them are located in zones required for ablution while the other five are located between the ankle and knee.
Thus, ablution becomes a kind of treatment complex, which includes the hydromassage of the BAS, their thermal and physical stimulation.[Magomedov, Magomed, Muslim Rituals & their effect on the person’s health]
The BASes in the face (which are washed during ablution) “recharge” such organs as the intestines, stomach and bladder, in addition to having a positive effect on the nervous and reproductive systems, says Dr. Magomedov in his findings, adding that the BAS responsible for the osseous system, intestine, nervous system, lumbar area, stomach, pancreas, gall-bladder, thyroid gland, solar plexus and others are situated on the right leg, another area reached by ablution.
The left leg has the BAS responsible for the work of the pituitary gland, the brain organ that regulates the functioning of the endocrine glands and controls growing. In the ear’s cochlea are hundreds of BASes that “harmonize the work of almost all organs, decrease high blood pressure and relieve tooth and throat pain.” Ear ablution is considered Sunna (Prophetic tradition).
Another aspect that Dr. Magomedov stresses on is that Prophetic tradition emphasized the importance of massaging and applying pressure during ablution, which is something that has a scientifically-grounded explanation.
Dr. Magomedov said that his studies were triggered by his solemn belief that the five-time-a-day Muslim prayers were bound to have not only an “indisputable spiritual effect” but were also bound to “have a purely physical healing effect as well.”
From a non-alternative medicine perspective, Mukhtar Salem, in his book titled ‘Prayers: a Sport for the Body and Soul’, speaks about the health benefits of every aspect of ablution. He does not speak about the BASes in one’s body, but nevertheless, he describes the preventive benefits of ablution.
Ablution, he says, helps prevent skin cancer. This is his explanation: the areas that are washed during ablution are the parts of the body that are most prone to be exposed to pollution, whether it is pollution from the internal secretions of the body on to the skin surface, such as sweat, or whether it is external.
Ablution, removes this ‘pollution’ five times a day, and hence maintains a clean outside layer of skin, which in turn helps the cells underneath to function properly.
Also, washing with water helps invigorate the ends of the blood vessels, as well as the nerves and glands that are near the skin surface, and hence helps them perform their functions efficiently.[Salem, Mukhtar, Prayers: A sport for the soul and body, CAIRO, The Arab Modern Center (1990), pg. 52.]
Salem adds that research has proven that one of the main reasons behind skin cancer is that the skin is exposed to chemicals, especially petrochemicals, and that the best way to prevent skin cancer is by constantly removing these chemicals.
The obvious reason behind washing the mouth during ablution, Salem says, is to remove the food particles, which could cause teeth and gum problems. That is also one of the reasons why siwak (brushing one’s teeth) is also encouraged before ablution.
When washing one’s nostrils, one is also performing a preventive health measure as the germs trapped in the nostrils are removed and do not pass on to the respiratory system.
According to a study conducted by a team of doctors in Alexandria University, the Prophetic tradition, which urges the exaggeration of washing the nostrils by introducing the water in the nostril then blowing it out, positively affects the inner coating of the nostrils. Those who carried out the washing in the correct form had clean, shiny nostrils with no dust clinging to the small hair inside. However, those who did not perform ablution had light colored, greasy nostrils and their nostril hairs fell off easily.
Repeated washing of the face invigorates the facial skin cells and helps prevent early wrinkles as well as having a cleansing effect on the inside of the eyes, which prevents eye infections, says Salem. Washing the ear helps rid them from wax accumulation, which may cause ear infections as well as affecting the inner ear, which eventually causes body imbalances.
The Prophetic tradition of encouraging one to wash between the toes while washing the feet, is also extremely important, says Salem, as it prevents the foot, which in our modern times is trapped most of the day inside shoes, from acquiring athlete’s foot.
Over all, he adds, ablution also has an exercising effect on all the muscles involved in its movement, which are thus being stimulated five times a day or even more according to repetition.
Extinguishing the Fires of Anger
Prophetic tradition, with regards to ablution, is also ecologically friendly, as the Prophet (peace be upon him) repeatedly encouraged water conservation, even if abluting from a running river. Ibn Majah related that the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, “There is a shaytan (devil) for ablution called `walhan', meaning greedy, avoid the waste of water.”
We are also encouraged to make ablution while being in a state of anger for the cooling and refreshing effect of the water, as we are told that anger is from the devil who is made out of fire and can therefore be put off by water.
Finally, there is a moral to this article, besides understanding the benefits of ablution. One should never take things at face value, and must have strong faith that everything that Allah prescribes has a wisdom behind it that we may or may not know. “And they say: ‘We hear, and we obey: (We seek) Thy forgiveness, our Lord, and to Thee is the end of all journeys.’” (Chapter 2, Verse 285). “Nor does he say (aught) of (his own) Desire. It is no less than inspiration sent down to him” (Chapter 53, Verse 3 & 4).