Islam is a complete code of life. By declaring this, Allah Almighty has also made Quran and Sunnah as ultimate guide and roadmap respectively. The reason for providing these instructions (Holy Quran) and explanation (Sunnah) manuals is quite obvious. It’s because Allah Almighty willed to preserve the Holy Quran for all human beings.
Significance of Wudhu in Islam
Islam stands on five basic pillars. After the testimony of faith, Salah (Prayer) stands as the second most important pillar. As the backbone of our faith, Salah makes us kneel down to our True Lord five times a day. However, like every other religious aspect, Salah also has well-defined protocols. Wudhu as key, Salah is the most powerful source of a Muslim’s Falah (success) in Both Worlds.
Hazrat Jabir ibn Abdullah (Radi Allahu Anho) narrates that the Messenger of Allah, peace, and blessings be upon him, said:
“The key to Paradise is prayer, and the key to prayer is ablution”. (Jamia Tirmidhi)
In the Holy Quran, Allah Almighty reminds us around 700 times about the importance of offering Salah. Similarly, the very first question on the Day of Judgement shall be about Salah. And, Salah without ablution is absolutely invalid.
Imagine the astounding feeling of being in a state of ablution all the time. As soon you may hear Adhan, you can instantly make your way to the mosque or to the prayer mat. You can take your Quran classes online or scholarly lectures anywhere, any time because your wudhu is valid. So if it’s time to offer a prayer or attend Quran classes online, ablution helps you rush towards goodness.
How to Perform Wudhu?
“O you who have believed! When you rise to offer the Salaah, you must wash your faces and hands and your arms up to the elbows, and wipe your head with wet hands and wash your feet up to the ankles….” (Al-Quran, 05:06)
Allah Almighty has made it imperative to ensure the purity of the body and soul. We must purify ourselves through ablution before offering prayer or reciting the Holy Quran physically or via Quran classes online. Ablution not only cleanses particular body parts but also washes away any sins these body parts may commit.
Hazrat Abu Huraira (Radi Allahu Anho) reports that the Messenger of Allah, peace, and blessings be upon him, said:
“When a Muslim/believer washes his face in ablution, every sin that he committed with his eyes will be washed away with the last drop of water. When he washes his hands, every sin that he committed with his hands will be washed away with the last drop of water. And when he washes his feet, every sin that he committed with his feet will be washed away with the last drop of water, until he emerges purified from sin”. (Sahih Muslim)
This hadith is clear evidence that wudhu is a powerful shield against sins. Its astounding benefits hold prime importance in our daily lives. In broader terms, it is not only an act of cleansing oneself but also a sincere intention and effort to please the Creator.
Allah Almighty gives us two paths to choose from right and wrong. Ablution increases the chances of seeking the right path to draw us closer to Allah Almighty.
Seven Benefits of Wudhu
Now, let’s have a closer look at the seven major benefits of ablution. These will help us in treating our spiritual, physical, and psychological health problems.
1. Brings Blessings of Allah
It is a great blessing from Allah Almighty to remain in Wudhu most of the time. Allah loves and blesses those who are purified. What else can be a more guaranteed way of staying pure except ablution? Allah Almighty keeps such pure souls under His protection. Imagine you are in a state of ablution. So your prayer is a blessing, the workout is a blessing and even sleep is a blessing.
2. Protects from Sins
After performing ablution, we make sure to protect ourselves from indulging in any sinful acts whether major or minor. Indeed it’s Allah’s blessing that our state of wudhu saves us from so many bad and undesirable activities.
It is the best way to ward off devils and to protect minds from wrongdoings. In ablution, we actually promise ourselves not to indulge in bad or sinful activities. Allah Almighty already knows our intentions. He keeps us away from all sins while protecting us through His safest Shade of Mercy.
3. Keeps Body and Soul Fresh
When we perform wudhu, we feel freshness inside out. Ablution helps cleanse against dusty particles of both body and soul. It gives us not only a feeling of freshness but also helps maintain peace of mind. So makeup ablution to stay fresh all day long.
4. Helps in Anger Management
Ablution also helps reduce anger. An aggressive person performs wudhu to calm down. The Messenger of Allah, peace be and blessings be upon him, said:
“Verily anger comes from Satan and Satan was created from fire. Fire extinguishes with water. So if you become angry then perform ablution”.
5. Saves from Depression
It puts an end to anxiety and depression when a person performs ablution. When we wipe the head with wet hands, it gives relaxation and a comfortable feeling to our nervous system.
6. Screens from Coronavirus
Wudhu also benefits us against coronavirus as we keep washing our hands, nose, and mouth. Today, doctors keep reminding us about “prevention is better than cure”. Ablution meets all the requirements that the world is in dire need to adopt against Covid19.
7. Cures from Health Problems
Modern research proves that ablution is an amazing treatment against various health problems. A few prominent cures include Reflex Therapy, Blood Circulation Activator, and Pneumonia Preventer. So make wudhu a habit to remain safe from various physical, psychological, and spiritual problems.
May Allah Almighty help us all to stay in the state of ablution most of the time. May we get rid of our physical, spiritual, and psychological shortcomings through it. Amen