Wudu: “Whoever perfects his ablution (Wudu) as Allah has commanded him, the prescribed prayers will be an expiation for what occurs between them.” (Hadith)
We learn from a hadith that perfecting our Wudu (ablution) is incredibly beneficial for us as we gain the opportunity to be forgiven by Allah. Uthman ibn Affan reported:
“The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, ‘Whoever perfects his ablution as Allah Almighty has commanded him, the prescribed prayers will be an expiation for what occurs between them.’” (Sahih Muslim)
This shows us the significance of Wudu and how blessed we are to have this chance to be forgiven. It makes us reflect while we are doing Wudu and helps us to further understand the significance of it.
Wudu is also mentioned in the Holy Qur’an:
“O you who have believed, when you rise to [perform] prayer, wash your faces and your forearms to the elbows and wipe over your heads and wash your feet to the ankles… But if you are ill or on a journey or one of you comes from the place of relieving himself… and do not find water, then seek clean earth and wipe over your faces and hands with it. Allah does not intend to make difficulty for you, but He intends to purify you and complete His favour upon you that you may be grateful.” (Qur’an 5:6)
We learn from this verse that a person is permitted to use soil for ablution if they do not have access to water. This also shows us that Allah has indeed facilitated so many things for us and He has favoured us in many ways.
We also read in a hadith about using soil for ablution:
Hudhayfah reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “We have been favoured in three ways: Our prayer rows have been made like the rows of angels, the entire earth has been made a place of prayer for us, and its soil is purifying for ablution if one cannot find water.” (Sahih Muslim)
This shows us just a few of the ways in which our Lord has favoured us, including the concept of soil being used for ablution when there is no access to water.
We read in a hadith:
Abu Huraira reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said to Bilal at the time of dawn prayer, “O Bilal, tell me of the most hopeful deed you practiced in Islam. I heard the scuffle of your sandals before me in Paradise.” Bilal said, “The most hopeful deed to me is that I do not perform ablution by day or night that I pray along with it as much as Allah decreed me to pray.” (Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim)
We learn from this that Bilal (RA) would pray as much as he could whenever he had Wudu. He did not only do Wudu and pray the compulsory prayers, rather he would pray many voluntary prayers too.
May Allah accept each part of our ablution and prayers and may He make us sincere in all of our deeds. Aameen.