The Types of Ablution in Islam and their Significance
Cleanliness is an integral part of Islam. It is a daily ritual in Islam for a Muslim to clean himself or herself and get rid of all kinds of impurity. To ensure that this is done, the faith has put in place several ablutions and these have served Muslims well. Unknown to some people, there are various kinds of ablutions in the faith and they will be discussed in this article alongside their importance or significance.
Islam is truly a complete way of life and this is made clear with the way it considers our hygiene to be a priority. At a time when the world is trying to remain as hygienic as possible to reduce the spread of a viral pandemic, the teachings of Islam have become more relevant than ever before. The various types of ablution in Islam come with several advantages and benefits, stressing their significance.
Also called wudu, ablution is a procedure in Islam that focuses on the cleansing of different parts of the body. In faith, ablution is like a kind of ritual purification. Typically, it includes washing of the mouth, arms, feet, hands, head, nostrils, and other parts with water. Overall in Islam, there are three types of ablution. The first is the set of ablutions referred to as fard, the second set is called wajib and the third one is classified as mandub (meaning recommended).
Fard ablutions apply to Muslims who have to do the ablution as a matter of obligation, especially when the time comes to do a prayer. The kind of prayer does not even come into play here. Then some ablutions are classified as wajib and these are not obligatory, they are only necessary if you can do them.
A good example of a wajib ablution is the one that is done when you want to do circumambulation of the Holy Ka’aba during hajj. As for the mandub ablutions, these are special cleansing rituals that are done when it is time to handle some holy scriptural books in Islam. Mandub ablutions can also be the ones you do before you go to sleep or the ones you do when you wake up. These ablutions are also applicable for some other special occasions or events.
The first is that the ablution helps in the removal of disease-causing microorganisms and pathogens from the skin. It also offers protection for the mouth and throat from different kinds of inflammation. In addition to these, the nostrils are kept free of pathogens and inflammation.
Ablution also assists in maintaining the structure of the skin as it gets rids of the fatty or oily secretions from the skin. Almighty Allah (SWT) created us and He knows the best ways for us to live on this planet while taking care of ourselves. Islam makes us be prepared for all situations in life and that is the source of confidence that we have as Muslims. May Allah (SWT) make our feet firm in the path of Islam, aameen.