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Ramadan 2016

A Daily Ritual

Fourteen centuries ago, our Beloved Prophet (S.A.W) prescribed washing actions to be carried out to grant us optimum health. Before a Muslim performs his prayers, he carries out the ablution ritual (Wuzu) in the way prescribed by the beloved Holy Prophet (S.A.W). Although this is an obligatory requirement before Ibaadat, it also has benefits that science is now slowly discovering.

Washing the hands: In ablution the hands are washed first. From daily chores hands come into contact with bacteria to spread and grow on the skin, if not washed during the day there is a possibility of getting many types of skin disease, as well as carrying viruses. Hand hygiene is emphasised more and more in hospitals to prevent the spread of infections.

Mouth wash: By washing the mouth and using a Miswak, bacteria from the mouth is removed. When a person gargles it helps them to clean the throat and hence removes bacteria which can cause tonsillitis. The obvious reason behind washing the mouth during ablution, is to remove the food particles, which could cause teeth and gum disease.

Nose wash: The nose is a perfect filtration system created by Allah (S.W.T). The hair in the nostrils stop dirt going inside the lungs, provides warmth and moisture to inhale air and provides a defence mechanism. There is a microscopic brush in the nose containing small particles which kill the bacteria that travel through air and enter the nose. These particles also defend Lysozymes (family of enzymes which damage bacterial cell walls) and also assists and saves the eyes from infection. If the nose is rinsed the way the Prophet (S.A.W) taught us then we can be saved from many illnesses that occur in the nose.

Face wash: Washing the face protects the outer layer of the skin and also relieves the feelings of tiredness and fatigue. Performing ablution regularly maintains the beauty and freshness of the face as you get older. It also prevents dry eyes and therefore the chances of irritation to the eyes which may cause infection and inflammation can be reduced. Hazrat Anas bin Malik (R.A), has related, "The Prophet (S.A.W) would apply oil to his head frequently and wash his beard with water”.

Washing the arms: There are 3 major veins in the elbow that are connected to the heart. The elbow usually stays covered with clothing, if water and air does not reach these parts, one may suffer from problems. To wash this part in ablution is obligatory and when the moisture reaches these veins it will strengthen the heart and saves it from illnesses.

Wiping the head: There is a major vein in the body that lies between the back of the head and neck. Wiping the back of the neck reduces mental illness. Washing the ears helps getting rid of the extra wax that may cause ear infection. Also, wiping over the back of the ears prevents inflections like Mastoiditis from arising.

Washing the feet: By washing the feet, dust, bacteria and fungal infections can be eliminated. Washing the feet reduces the risk of insomnia and depression.

There are many scientific benefits in performing ablution but the best of all benefits will come on the day of judgement because ablution is a distinct feature of this Ummah unlike other nations.

Holy Prophet (S.A.W) said, “On the Day of Resurrection, my Ummah (followers) will be summoned with white faces and white hands and feet on account of the traces of ablution.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)