The Holy Prophet (peace be on him) said,|
"WUDHU is the key to prayer as prayer is the key to Paradise. ISLAM lays extreme stress on cleanliness and
As external actions have deep impact upon internal feelings, such as artificial crying makes a person sad as well as artificial laughter makes one happy so is cleanliness and ablution.
Purified body lends to purity of mind, however, cleanliness which is ablution, or
wudhu, has been made compulsory before each prayer and in certain cases even a full bath has been made obligatory before prayer.
is required to perform ablution (Wudhu) before Salat.
Ablution prepares one mentally for Salat and it also
helps concentration in prayer. It is essential to wash
or moisturize these parts of the body to generate
concentration because the dispersion of thoughts is
due to the keenness of the body's five senses. The
centers of the five senses are the eyes, ears, nose
mouth, hands and feet. It has been proven from the
expertise of neurologists that the chain of thought
can be rerouted by cooling fingers of the hands and
feet. They also say that concentration of thoughts can
be achieved by cooling the nerv-ends. That is the
Philosophy of Wudhu. A Mulim stands before his Creator
by cooling nerve-ends of his body with Wudhu water and
concentrating all his thoughts for the worship of the
In Wudhu, we wash or moisturize the nerve-ends of the
hands, feet, hair, mouth, nose and ears. All the main
nerve-ends of the body are touched in Wudhu in one way
or another. Perfect concentration of thoughts to
create the proper worshipping atmosphere is thus
As we learn from everyday experience that a person who
has fainted can be brought back to his consc iousness
by sprinkling water on his face, hands and feet which
clearly proves our theory. That is why a Muslim is
expected to achieve his external as well as internal
consciousness by performing Wudhu.
Cleanliness and dirt are not compatible. Allah is
clean and whosoever loves Him must be clean,
externally as well as internally. Prayer, which is
contact with Allah, is therefore unacceptable unless
the person, who wants to contact his Lord, is clean.
The Holy Prophet (peace be on him) said,
"The prayer of a person who does "HADATH"
(passes urine, stool or wind) is not accepted till he
performs or repeats Wudhu, the ablution."
Because the Muslim Ummah is expected to be the
cleanest by performing ablution at least five times a
day, the Holy Prophet (peace be on him) therefore,
gave glad tidings that "On the day of
Resurrection, my followers will be called "Ghurrul
Muhajjaleen" the bright armed and bright faced,
from the traces of ablution on them. Therefore,
whosoever can increase the area of his radiance should
try to do so by always performing ablution before the
prayers. (Bukhari, Kitabul Wudhu).