The Excellence of Wudu (Ablution)

Abu Hurairah said: the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: Shall I not guide you to that by which Allaah wipes away the sins and raises the ranks? They said: Certainly O Messenger of Allaah! He said Completing the wudoo when it is a hardship, and many steps to the mosques and waiting for the [next] Prayer after the Prayer, that is ‘ar-Ribaat’ (defending the frontiers), that is ‘ar-Ribaat’ that is ‘ar-Ribaat’). [Reported by Muslim (1/151) and others].

Abu Hurairah reports that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said When the Muslim (or ‘Believing’) servant makes wudoo and washes his face then the sin of everything he looked at with his eye comes away with the water, or with the last drop of the water, and when he washes his hands then the sin of everything he stretched out his hands to comes away with the water, or with the last drop of the water. And when he washes his feet every sin which his feet walked towards comes away with the water or with the last drop of the water – so that he leaves clean (clear/pure) from sins. [Reported by Muslim (1/148) and others].

Abu Hurairah reports that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) came to the graveyard and said Peace be upon you, dwelling of Believing People and we will (all) if Allaah wills join you soon. I would have liked to have seen our brothers! They said: Are we not your brothers, O Messenger of Allaah? He said You are my Companions and our brothers are those who have not yet come! They said: How will you know those who have not yet come from your Ummah, O Messenger of Allaah? He said Have you not seen that if a man had a horse with a white blaze and hoof along with a totally jet-black horse, then would he not know his horse? They said: Certainly, O Messenger of Allaah. He said So they will come with white blazes and marks from the wudoo and I am present before them at the Hand (‘water-tank’) Indeed men will be driven away from my ‘water-tank’ as the lost camel is driven away from their gathering place. ‘Come on’. So it will be said: ‘Indeed they have made changes after you,’ so I will say: Be off, be off. [Muslim 249].

Abu Umaamah said: the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said When a Muslim makes wudoo the sins he has committed come away from his hearing and from his sight and from his hand and from his feet, so when he sits he sits down having been forgiven. [Reported by Ahmad (5/252) and is hasan].

Abu Maalik al-Ash’aree said: the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said Purification is half of Imaan. And ‘al-hamdu lillaah’ fills the Scales. And ‘subhaanAllaah’ and ‘al-hamdu lillaah’ fill whatever is between the heaven and the earth. And Prayer is a light. And Sadaqah is a clear proof. And Sabr (patience) is a shining light. And the Qur’aan is a proof for or against you. Every person starts the day dealing for his own soul so he either sets it free or destroys it. [Reported by Muslim (1/140) and others].

‘Uthmaan said: the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said Whoever makes wudoo and makes it well, his sins come out from his body, even coming out from under his nails. [Reported by Muslim (3/133) and others].

‘Uthmaan said: the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said Whoever makes wudoo like this – then all of his previous sins are forgiven – and his Prayer and his walking to the mosque are above and beyond that. [Reported by Muslim, 3/113].

Ibn ‘Umar (radhiAllaahu ‘anhumaa) said: the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said When one of you makes wudoo and makes it well, then goes out to the mosque – having no purpose except Prayer – then his left foot continues to wipe away his evil deeds and his right foot continually writes for him good deeds until he enters the mosque. And if the people knew what there was in the night prayer and Subh prayers – then they would come to them even if they had to crawl. [Reported by at-Tabraanee in ‘al-Mu’jam ul-Kabeer’. And Ash-Shaikh al-Albaanee declares it to be saheeh (As-Saheehah, no.454). And its meaning is reported by al-Bukhaaree and Muslim from the narration of Abu Hurairah].

Abu Hurairah (radhiAllaahu’anhu) said: the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said Whoever makes wudoo and makes it well then goes out – and then finds that the people have finished the Prayer – then Allaah gives him the same reward as one who had prayed it along with the people without diminishing any of their reward. [Reported by Abu Dawood (no.564) and an-Nasaa’ee (no.856) and others. Al-Albaanee declares it to be ‘saheeh’ (As-Saheehah, no.6039)].

Zaid ibn Khaalid al Juhanee (radhiAllaahu’anhu) relates that the Prophet (ﷺ) said Whoever makes wudoo and makes it well, then prays two rak’ahs not letting his mind wander in them – then Allaah forgives him all of his previous sins. [Reported by Abu Dawood (no.905) and others. Al-Albaanee declares it to be ‘hasan’ (As-Saheehah, no.6041)].

‘Uqbah ibn ‘Aamir (radhiAllaahu ‘anhu) said: the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said Whoever makes wudoo and makes it well, then prays two rak’ahs concentrating therein with his heart and his face – then Paradise is obligatory for him. [Reported by an-Nasaa’ee. Al-Albaanee declares it to be ‘saheeh’ (As-Saheehah, no.6062)].

‘Uthmaan (radhiAllaahu ‘anhu) said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) say Whoever makes wudoo for Prayer and completes the wudoo – then walks to the obligatory Prayer and prays it with the people – or with the congregation – or in the mosque – then Allaah forgives his sins. [Reported by Muslim (1/144) and others].

‘Alee (radhiAllaahu ‘anhu) relates that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said Completing the wudoo when it is a hardship, and walking to the mosque, and waiting for the next prayer after the previous one (greatly) washes away the sins. [Reported by al-Haakim (1/132) who declared it to be saheeh to the standard of Muslim. And al-Haithumee said in ‘Az-Zawaa-id’: It is narrated by Abu Ya’laa and al-Bazzaar. And its narrators are up to the standard of Al-Bukharee],

Humraan ibn Abaan relates that ‘Uthmaan asked for water to make wudoo – then he mentioned how the Prophet (ﷺ) made wudoo . Then he said: The Prophet (ﷺ) said at the end of the hadeeth Whoever makes wudoo in the same way that I have just made wudoo then stands up and prays two rak’ahs, not thinking of other things, then his previous sins are forgiven. [Related by al-Bukhaaree (Fath ul-Baaree, 11/213) and Muslim (no.226) and an-Nasaa’ee ( 1/63)] .

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