بِسْمِ اللّٰهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ
“In the name of Allah the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.”
Wudhu is the term given to washing specific parts of the body according to the laws of Islam before certain acts of worship such as reciting Quran, performing salaah etc.
There are many benefits / virtues of wudhu mentioned in hadiths:
He who performs the wudhu perfectly (i.e., according to Sunnah), his sins will depart from his body, even from under his nails.” [Muslim]
When a Muslim, or a believer, washes his face (in the course of wudhu), every sin which he committed with his eyes, will be washed away from his face with water, or with the last drop of water; when he washes his hands, every sin which is committed by his hands will be effaced from his hands with the water, or with the last drop of water; and when he washes his feet, every sin his feet committed will be washed away with the water, or with the last drop of water; until he finally emerges cleansed of all his sins.” [Muslim]
My Ummah will be called on the Day of Resurrection with their limbs and faces shining from traces of wudhu. So whoever amongst you can increase the area of his radiance should do so (i.e. by performing wudhu regularly)’. [Bukhari]
In general reciting Quran & doing dhikr etc in the state of wudhu gains one more reward than without.
It is highly encouraged to remain in the state of wudhu at all times as it has a positive impact on your mental health, state of mind & heart. Performing wudhu & being in the state of wudhu helps you stay calm & gives you Inner peace.
Women should try to make an effort to be in the state of wudhu when cooking, as the food cooked in the state of wudhu will have a positive impact on all those who consume it. Similarly, mothers should try to breastfeed the child in the state of wudhu as this will have a positive impact on the baby Insha’Allah.
Wudhu is the spiritual weapon of a believer & helps protect one from the whispers of Shaitaan, hence protecting them from sins. Sleeping with wudhu also protects one from bad dreams.
Rasulullah ﷺ has also said to the nearest meaning: If you can, then remain in the state of wudu continuously, for if death comes to someone in the state of wudu, he acquires Shahadah (the rank of the martyrs). [Musnad Abi Ya’la, Hadith: 4277]
May Allah ﷻ allow us to understand the wisdom behind the command of wudhu, perform it correctly & gain barakah & reward from it. Aameen
~Written by Umm Aa’ishah -Graduate of Ar-Rahman Madrassah (Bolton)