How to Perform Wudu (Ablution). Wudu is one of the Islamic procedures for one’s purification. It is a cleaning method that mainly comprises of washing the face, arms, feet and wiping the head. It acts as a guard against negative feeling and evil desires that get a person to commit unforgivable sins.
Wudu acts as a spiritual protector for the one who performs it and can be helpful in getting forgiveness of minor sins. Prophet Muhammad (SAW) stated: “If a person makes wudu as it is ordered and performs prayers as they are ordered, his minor sins are forgiven.” In another event, he addressed Anas bin Malik and said: “Make your wudu properly and fully so that the guardian (hafaza) angels will love you and your life will be lengthened.”
What Is The Correct Way Of Performing Wudu (Ablution)
↓ Step by Step Video Tutorial
↓ Make Niyah: Intention
The first and foremost thing to do before starting wudu is making Niyah (intention). It is an Islamic act of performing the task for the sake of Allah (SWT). To make the intention, one must recite ‘Bismillah’ (in the name of Allah) silently or loudly whichever makes them feel focused and comfortable. Have a look at these 35+ Islamic Quotes On Paradise.
↓ Wash Your Hands
After making the intention to start your wudu by washing your hands. It is important to wash the hands three times and up to the wrist. Using left hand to wash the right hand and right hand for the left one can also prove to be very beneficial.
↓ Wash Your Mouth
This is done to bring out any leftover food that is in your mouth. With the help of your hand, take some water in your mouth, swish it thoroughly in your cheeks and some of it to the back of your throat and then go through it outwards. This act also has to be done three times.
↓ Wash Your Nose
Again, with the help of your hands sniff some water into your nose three times. If you have a problem inhaling water into your nose, you can wet your fingers and clean the inner side of your nose with them. It is recommended to use the left hand for cleaning the nose.
↓ Wash Your Face
Now you are required to wash your face three times but you need to make sure that the water has covered all the areas on your face mainly from the top of the forehead to the chin and from the left ear to the right.
↓ Wash Your Arms
Wash your lower arms three times from the wrists to the elbows. Wash them thoroughly so that no part is left dry, make sure the water covers all parts properly. Don’t miss out these 15 Islamic Quotes About Leadership in Islam.
↓ Wipe Your Head
This step is known as ‘masah’, it is used to clean the head. Wet your hands and wipe them on your head starting from your forehead and ending all the way to the nape. Make sure to use both of your both in this step.
↓ Wash Your Ears
Now with your hands still wet from the previous step, use your fingertips to clean the insides and outsides of your ears. This step should be done once but thoroughly to ensure that your ears are properly cleaned.
↓ Wash Your Feet
Wash your feet three times, starting with the right one. Make sure you clean your ankles and in between your toes. If you are wearing nail polish, you must take it off before starting it invalidates the procedure according to islamic beliefs.
↓ Dua After Wudu
Once you are done with performing wudu, it is necessary that you recite dua as it opens the gate for Jannah. Prophet Muhammad (SAW) stated “Whoever of you performs Wudu carefully and then affirms: `Ash-hadu an la ilaha illallahu Wahdahu la sharika Lahu, wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadan `abduhu wa Rasuluhu [I testify that there so no true god except Allah Alone, Who has no partners and that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger],’ the eight gates of Jannah are opened for him. He may enter through whichever of these gates he desires (to enter).” [Muslim]. Here are 25 Most Powerful Islamic Duas Every Muslim Should Know.
↓ Hadiths Regarding the Benefits Of Wudu
- Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said: “When a Muslim, or a believer, washes his face (in the course of Wudu), every sin which he committed with his eyes, will be washed away from his face with water, or with the last drop of water; when he washes his hands, every sin which is committed by his hands will be effaced from his hands with the water, or with the last drop of water; and when he washes his feet, every sin his feet committed will be washed away with the water, or with the last drop of water; until he finally emerges cleansed of all his sins.” [Muslim]
- Abu Hurairah (RA) reported that Prophet Muhammad (SAW) went to the Baqi cemetery and said, “May you be secured from punishment, O dwellers of abode of the believers! We, if Allah wills, will follow you. I wish we see my brothers.” The Companions said, “O Messenger of Allah! Are not we your brothers?” He said, “You are my Companions, but my brothers are those who have not come into the world yet.” They said; “O Messenger of Allah! How will you recognize those of your Ummah who are not born yet?” He said, “Say, if a man has white-footed horses with white foreheads among horses which are pure black, will he not recognize his own horses?” They said; “Certainly, O Messenger of Allah!” He said, “They (my followers) will come with bright faces and white limbs because of Wudu’; and I will arrive at the Haud (Al-Kauthar) ahead of them.” [Muslim]
- Imam Nawawi rahimahullah says, “Hardship and unpleasantness here stand for the uneasiness that one feels while performing Wudu’ in severe cold. To wait for the next Salat after offering a Salat is regarded as Ribat for the reason that by so doing, a person who is particular in offering Salat keeps himself constantly engaged in the obedience and worship of Allah to keep Satan away from him.”