Sunday, July 22, 2018

How to Perform Wudu (Ablution) before offering Prayers (As-Salat)

Offering prayers (As-Salat) five times a day is obligatory for all adult male men and women in Islam. However, before offering the prayer, one must cleanse one's visible body parts for those may been polluted by dust or gone dirty while at work. This cleansing of one's body parts is called Wudu in Arabic and Ablution in English.

The Wudu includes the following steps:
  1. Make the intention (niyyah) to perform wudu and center yourself and quiet your thoughts.
  2. Wash your right hand thrice, followed by your left hand thrice.
  3. Swish water in mouth at least once.
  4. Lightly inhale water into your nose at least once.
  5. Wash your face 3 times, from right to left, hairline to chin.
  6. Wash your lower arms 3 times from wrist to elbows, right to left.
  7. Clean your head from the forehead to the back of the head, then wipe your ears and the outer portion of the ear canal.
  8. Wash both of your feet 3 times, right to left.
  9. Recite the du’as after wudu.
However, if a person has had marital relations with one's spouse, then one has to take a complete bath. This would include first washing the genital area and then performing the entire wudu and then first washing one's right shoulder, the left shoulder and then flowing water all over the body starting from head to toe.

Now watch the video below how to properly perform the Wudu (abolition) before offering the salah (prayer):
Note: This is the method mostly used by Muslims around the world. There may be slight variations in some methods as per the School of Thought one is following.

Photo | Also read: How to perform Wudu |

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