Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Wudu (ablution) + Forgiveness


Humran related that Uthman ibn Affaan said that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Whoever does wudoo as I have done it, then prays two rak’ahs in which he focuses completely on his prayer, his previous sins will be forgiven.” (Muslim)

So, how did the Prophet perform wudu?

In the earlier part of the hadith listed above, Uthman bin Affan called for water to do wudo.’ He washed his hand three times, then he rinsed his mouth and nose, then he washed his face three times, then he washed his right arm up to the elbows, then he washed his right foot up to the ankle three times, and then he washed his left foot likewise. Then he said, “I saw the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) doing wuddo as I have done it. “

My take:
1. Performing proper wudu and completely focusing on prayer is a method to have our previous sins forgive.
2. Wudu and FOCUS on prayer
3. Our Lord has made the religion easy on us and has given us ample opportunity to seek his forgiveness. Are we taking advantage of these opportunities?

May Allah accept our wudu (ablution) and grant us focus on our prayers. Ameen
Just as a side note. Based on Sura Maaidah (5:6), the obligatory actions in wudu are listed below (The following is taken from Al Maghrib’s Purification Act notes)

1. Washing the face completely once, this includes rinsing the mouth and nose.
2. Washing the arms up to the elbows, once
3. Wiping the entire head, including the ears.
4. Washing the feet up to ankles, once. What is meant by once in all above is that the entire part of the body mentioned must be washed thoroughly.
5. This must be done in order, so one washes the face first, then the arms, then wipes the head, then washes the feet, because the Prophet (peace be upon him) did ablution in that order.
6. This must be done continuously, i.e. the part of the body must be washed one after other with no lengthy interruption between washing one part and the next.

The aforementioned are the obligatory parts of ablution which must be done in order for the ablution to be sound.


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