Fifteen Incentives of Wudhu

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1. If a person recites the following du’ā before commencing Wudū, the angels will continue recording rewards for him as long as his Wudhū remains intact :

بِسْمِ اللهِ وَالْحَمْدُ لِلّه

Translation: In the name of Allāh, and All praises are for Allāh. (Al-Mu’jamus Saghir of Tabarani vol.1 pg.73).

Allāmah al-Haythami [r.a] has classified its chain of narrators as hasan (soundly authentic). (Majma’uz Zawaid vol.1 pg.220)

2. The use of a miswāk multiplies the reward of 2 rakāts of Salāt 70 fold. (At-Targheeb vol.1 pg.168)

3. Among the practices of Rasūlullāh e that is almost extinct nowadays during the Wudhū is khilāl (passing of wet fingers) through the beard. He would also recite the following words while making khilāl through the beard:

هَكَذا أَمَرَنِيْ رَبّيْ

(Sunan Abī Dāwūd, Hadith:146; Sahih Ibn Hibbaan, Hadith: 1081)

4. It is Mustahabb (preferable) to make masah of the nape. One who makes masah on the nape will be saved from severe thirst and from being shackled on the day of Qiyāmah. (I’lāus Sunan, vol.1 pg.123)

5. It is also a sunnah to sprinkle some water towards the private parts (on the pants) after wudhū as this will remove any doubt that the pants are wet due to urine. (Sunan Abi Dawud, I’lāus Sunan, vol.1 pg.132)

6. The sins committed by the limbs washed in Wudhū are also washed away. (Sahih Muslim Hadith:576)

7. Rasūlullāh e has informed the Ummah that they will be distinguished from the rest of mankind by the shine of the limbs of wudhū. He therefore encouraged those who can increase the shine to do so, i.e. by washing extra. (Sahih Bukhari, Hadith:136)

Sayyidunā Abū Hurairah (t) would actually wash up to his armpits and shins because of this Hadīth. (Sahih Muslim, Hadith:578)

The Fuqahā have stated that it is Mustahab to at least do so up to half way between the elbows and armpits, and

up to half the shins. (This will not be considered as isrāf (wastage). (Tahtaawi ‘ala Durr, vol.1 pg. 76; Shaami, vol.1 pg. 130)

8. The past and future minor sins of one who makes a thorough wudhū on a cold day, will be forgiven. (Musnad Bazzar) Hafiz al-Munzhiri [ra] and Allamah al-Haythami (r.a) have classified this narration as Hasan – soundly authentic. (Al-Targheeb vol.1 pg.153; Majmau`z zawaid vol.1 pg.236-237). This has also been reported to be from among those deeds, if carried out constantly, will ensure a pleasant death. (Sunan al-Tirmidhi Hadith:3235)

9. One should be constantly in the state of wudhū. He who passes away in the state of wudhū, passes away as a Shahīd (Martyr). (Majma’uz zawaaid, vol.1 pg.271; Fathul Malikil ‘Aliy, pg.35)

10. He who performs wudhū at home, then proceeds to the Musjid for the fardh salāh, secures the reward of a hājī in the state of ihrām. (Sunan Abi Dawud Hadith:559)

11. For every step taken towards the Musjid in the state of wudhū, one sin is forgiven, one reward accrued and one stage is elevated in the hereafter. (Sahih Muslim Hadith:647; Sahih Muslim Hadith:1504)

12. He who waits for (the commencement of) Salāh in the Musjid is rewarded as if he is in Salāh. (Sahih Bukhari Hadith:695; Sahih Muslim Hadith:1507)

NB. Such a person will obviously be in the state of Wudhū.

13. The Angels ask Almighty Allāh to forgive and have mercy on the one who remains with wudhū in the Musjid

after the completion of Salāh until the Wudhū is broken. (Sahih Bukhari Hadith:445; Sahih Muslim Hadith:1507)

14. Despite having wudhū, it is Mustahabb (preferable) to renew the wudhū for every Salāh. (Sunan Tirmizhi, Hadith:58-59; Faidhul Qadir Hadith:8607)

N.B. This only applies if one has offered Salāh etc. with the previous wudhū. (Shaami, vol.1 pg.119)

15. The greatest incentive of Wudhū is that it is the key to Salāh and Salāh is the key to paradise. (Musnad Ahmad Hadith:14597)

Imagine the reward of one who implements the above daily, five times each day! Furthermore, consider the extent of the reward if one teaches it to others…

Moulānā Mohammad Abbāsomar