Wudhu is key to the validity of our prayers, so it is only appropriate that we learn to perform it correctly and perfect it, in order to reap the full reward of the prayer. Without wudhu our prayers would be unacceptable. Furthermore, wudhu is preparation for the prayer, and put’s one in the right frame of mind, which will inevitably aid him in attaining Khushu’.
The rewards for performing a complete wudhu are astounding;
Abu Hurayrah reported, that the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “When a Muslim or a believer washes his face in ablution, then every sin that he committed with his eyes will be washed away with the last drop of water. When he washes his hands, then every sin that he committed with his hands will be washed away with the last drop of water. When he washes his feet, then every sin that he committed with his feet will be washed away with the last drop of water, until he emerges purified from sin.” (Muslim)
Imagine your sins falling off from every limb as you wash and prepare to stand before Allah; is not Allah the Most Generous?
It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Shall I not tell you something by means of which Allah erases sins and raises people in status?” They said: Yes, O Messenger of Allah. He said: “Doing wudhu properly at times when it is difficult to do so, taking many steps to the mosque, and waiting for prayer after prayer. That is constant readiness.” (Muslim)
And the rewards don’t end at the washing away of sins and elevation in status; Allah has more in store for the one who perfects his wudhu properly.
Uqbah bin Amir al-Juhani reported the Messenger of Allah(ﷺ) as saying, “any one performs ablution and performs the ablution perfectly and then offers two rak’ahs of prayers concentrating on them with his heart and face but paradise will necessarily fall to his lot.” (Abu Dawud, Sahih by Sh Al-Albaani)
Combining a perfect wudhu, and two units of prayer in which one concentrates, and has Khushu’ will enable one to attain the reward of paradise. let us learn to perfect our wudhu to benefit from these rewards.
From the perfection of wudhu, is to ensure that one washes all the relevant areas well, without leaving a spot dry, in the sequence ordained by the Messenger, and to recite the supplications.
Umar ibn Al-Khattab that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “There is no one among you who does wudhu; and does it well, then says, Ashhadu an laa ilaaha ill-Allah wahdahu laa shareeka lah, wa ashhadu anna Muhammadan ‘abduhu was rasooluhu (I bear witness that there is no god except Allah alone, with no partner or associate, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger) but the eight gates of Paradise will be opened for him and he will enter through whichever one he wants.” (Muslim)
In another narration there is the addition: “Allahumm aj’alni min al-tawwaabeena waj’alni min al-mutatahhireena (O Allah, make me one of those who repent and make me one of those who purify themselves).” (Tirmidhi, Saheeh by Sh Al-Albaani)
How bountiful is our Lord! Indeed, He prepares a reception only befitting His Grandeur as a host; all eight gates are opened for the humble servant who simply perfects his wudhu! May He be Glorified!
Note in the above narrations the emphasis on performing the wudhu properly. In order to gain the full rewards and to help us progress along the road of Khushu’ it is essential that we master the wudhu according to the Prophetic method as conveyed by his companions.
In a nutshell, the hadiths provided are sufficient to spur us on our quest to strengthen our bond with our Creator and to develop Khushu’. We should ponder these hadiths and the great rewards contained within them to motivate us to concentrate during our prayers. To learn more about how the Prophet performed wudhu click here.
May Allah aid us to achieve what we seek of Khushu’.