بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
[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).
[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
[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…
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
[Siwak = Miswak]
What’s a “siwak”, you ask?
Well, it looks like this:
Why should we use it?
Well, some of the reasons would be:
Narrated Abu Hurairah (radiallahu anhu): Allah’s Messenger (salallahu alaihi wasallam) said, “If I had not found it hard for my nation or the people, I would have ordered them to clean their teeth with Siwak for every prayer.” [Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume No. 2, Hadeeth No. 12]
السواك مطهرة للفم ، مرضاة للرب
Aishah (radiallahu anha) narrated that the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) said: “Siwak is a means of purification for the mouth and is pleasing to the Lord.” [Sunan An-Nasai, Hadeeth No. 5. Graded “sahih” by Al-Albani in Sahih Sunan An-Nasai, Hadeeth No. 5]
One should use it at the time of wudhu (ablution).
And yes, we can use it whilst fasting.
This is one of those “easy” good deeds that we can do all the time, and especially in Ramadan.