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June 12, 2012

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A Day in Your Life – No. 3: How to do wudhu properly…

by Umm Muawiyah

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

 [This is the series with all the lovely bathroom pics, remember?]

So where were you?

Well, currently you’re in the bathroom, dying to rush out and get some coffee.

Sorry, that’s going to have to wait. It’s time for Fajr and you need to do wudhu (ablution) first.

So, now you need to head over to the wash basin (or sink, if you prefer).

Photo courtesy of Artceram

[Why do I get the feeling that you're still thinking about the coffee?]

So, how do you do wudhu?

Well, you do it the way the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) did it, of course.

If you’re a beginner, please read this post on my New Muslim blog.

If you want something more advanced, then try this book: The Prophet’s (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) Wudhu

Apart from doing the external actions the proper way, don’t forget to renew your intention when doing wudhu.

How can you do that? Well, one of the ways is to remember the many virtues of doing wudhu. Here’s one of them:

إذا توضأ العبد المؤمن ، فتمضمض ، خرجت الخطايا من فيه ، فإذا استنثر خرجت الخطايا من أنفه ، فإذا غسل وجهه خرجت الخطايا من وجهه ، حتى تخرج من تحت أشفار عينيه ، فإذا غسل يديه خرجت الخطايا من يديه ، حتى تخرج من تحت أظفار يديه ، فإذا مسح برأسه خرجت الخطايا من رأسه ، حتى تخرج من أذنيه ، فإذا غسل رجليه خرجت الخطايا من رجليه ، حتى تخرج من تحت أظفار رجليه ، ثم كان مشيه إلى المسجد ، وصلاته نافلة له

It was narrated from Abdullah As-Sunaabihi that the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said: “When the believing slave performs wudhu and rinses his mouth, his sins come out from his mouth. When he sniffs water into his nose and blows it out, his sins come out from his nose. When he washes his face, his sins come out from his face, even from beneath his eyelashes. When he washes his hands, his sins come out from his hands, even from beneath his fingernails. When he wipes his head, his sins come out from head, even from his ears. When he washes his feet, his sins come out from his feet, even from beneath his toenails. Then his walking to the masjid and his salah will earn extra merit for him.” [Sunan An-Nasai, Hadeeth No. 103. Graded "sahih" by Al-Albani in Sahih Sunan An-Nasai, Hadeeth No. 103]

[Note: The sins being mentioned here are minor sins and not major sins. What's the difference? I'll write a future post on that, insha-Allah, when I start a new series on the major sins.]

So, try to remember this hadeeth whilst you’re doing wudhu. You’ll notice a big change in your wudhu.

You could also try to use a siwak. That will get you even more rewards!

So, now that you’ve finished your nice, proper, refreshing wudhu, what next?

Well, you need to leave the bathroom and recite the required dhikr (remembrance). After that, you would recite the adhkar (remembrances) for wudhu (i.e. those recited after it).

However, that’s for the next part.

To be continued…

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2 Comments Post a comment
  1. umm sarah
    Jun 13 2012

    Assalamualaikum.

    Barakallah feeki ,very beneficial reminder ,may Allah make our intentions purely for His sake & may Allah make us of those who repeatedly renew their intentions .(Ameen)

    Reply
    • Umm Muawiyah
      Jun 20 2012

      Wa Alaikum Assalam.

      How are you?

      Wa feeki baarakallah.

      Ameen to your duas.

      Reply

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