Hi all readers! Are you looking for an explanation of “why is wudu important?”? If your answer is “Yes”, congratulations! Now you are reading the right article. Why? Because that’s what I will explain in this article. As Muslims, we must understand that. That’s why I wrote this article. So, you must read it to the end!
Specifically, there are some important things about “why is wudu important?” which I will explain in this article. Some of the important things I mean are as follows:
What Is Wudu?
The first important thing about “why is wudu important?” what I will explain now is “what is wudu?”. I want you to understand that first before you read more explanations in this article because that is the basic thing in this discussion that must be well understood.
Literally, the meaning of wudu is clean and holy. We can find this explanation in the definition of wudu below:
الوُضُوْءُ لُغَةً هُوَ النَّظَافَةُ وَالطَّهَارَةُ
Wudu in Arabic means clean and holy.
Whereas the meaning of wudu in Islam is using holy water to wash several parts of the body and exposing several parts of the body to remove small impurities that can prevent someone from praying. We can find this explanation in the definition of wudu in Islam below:
الوُضُوْءُ فِي الإِسْلَامِ هُوَ اِسْتِخْدَامُ الْمَاءِ الطَّاهِرِ عَلَى أَعْضَاءٍ حَدَّدَهَا الشَّرْعُ ، وَهِيَ الوَجْهُ وَالْيَدَيْنِ وَالرَّأْسِ وَالرِّجْلَيْنِ ، مِنْ أَجْلِ رَفْعِ كُلِّ مَا يَمْنَعُ عَنِ الصَّلَاةِ
Wudu in Islam is applying holy water on certain parts of the body prescribed by Sharia.
Some of the body parts in question are the face, two hands, head, and two feet, with the aim of eliminating all things that hinder a person from praying.
In general, Muslims perform wudu before prayer and read the Quran.
We can find the command to perform wudu in the Quran below:
يٰٓاَيُّهَا الَّذِيْنَ اٰمَنُوْٓا اِذَا قُمْتُمْ اِلَى الصَّلٰوةِ فَاغْسِلُوْا وُجُوْهَكُمْ وَاَيْدِيَكُمْ اِلَى الْمَرَافِقِ وَامْسَحُوْا بِرُءُوْسِكُمْ وَاَرْجُلَكُمْ اِلَى الْكَعْبَيْنِۗ وَاِنْ كُنْتُمْ جُنُبًا فَاطَّهَّرُوْاۗ وَاِنْ كُنْتُمْ مَّرْضٰٓى اَوْ عَلٰى سَفَرٍ اَوْ جَاۤءَ اَحَدٌ مِّنْكُمْ مِّنَ الْغَاۤىِٕطِ اَوْ لٰمَسْتُمُ النِّسَاۤءَ فَلَمْ تَجِدُوْا مَاۤءً فَتَيَمَّمُوْا صَعِيْدًا طَيِّبًا فَامْسَحُوْا بِوُجُوْهِكُمْ وَاَيْدِيْكُمْ مِّنْهُ ۗمَا يُرِيْدُ اللّٰهُ لِيَجْعَلَ عَلَيْكُمْ مِّنْ حَرَجٍ وَّلٰكِنْ يُّرِيْدُ لِيُطَهِّرَكُمْ وَلِيُتِمَّ نِعْمَتَهٗ عَلَيْكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَشْكُرُوْنَ
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. And if you are in a state of janabah, then purify yourselves. But if you are ill or on a journey or one of you comes from the place of relieving himself or you have contacted women 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 favor upon you that you may be grateful. (Al-Maidah : 6).
That is a brief explanation of “what is wudu?”. As Muslims, we must understand that.
Why Is Wudu Important? 7+ Reasons You Must Understand
The second important thing about “why is wudu important?” what I will explain now is 7+ reasons why wudu is important. So, I really hope that you read the explanation below very well.
The 7+ reasons why wudu is important are as follows:
One: Wudu is the most important way to get rid of minor hadas.
Minor hadas (الحَدَثُ الأَصْغَرُ) is one of the things that can damage the purity of Muslims. If they have small hadas, they may not pray. In Islam, minor hadas can be removed by wudu. We can find this explanation in the hadith below:
عَنْ أَبِيْ هُرَيْرَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ أَنَّ رَسُوْلُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ : لَا يَقْبَلُ اللهُ صَلَاةَ أَحَدِكُمْ إِذَا أَحْدَثَ حَتَّى يَتَوَضَّأَ . مُتَّفَقٌ عَلَيْهِ
From Abu Hurairah radiyallahu anhu, that the Messenger of Allah (Prophet Muhammad) sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, “Allah does not accept someone’s prayer from you if he has hadas (small hadas) until he performs wudu.” This hadith was narrated by al-Bukhari and Muslim.
Two: wudu is one of the signs that a person is a member of the people of the Prophet Muhammad in the hereafter.
On the Day of Judgment all human beings will be resurrected from their graves. They will be held accountable. At that time all humans will be gathered in Mahsyar.
Wudu is a sign that distinguishes the Prophet Muhammad’s people from other people at that time. We can find this explanation in the hadith below:
عَنْ أَبِيْ هُرَيْرَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ : سَمِعْتُ رَسُوْلَ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يَقُوْلُ : إِنَّ أُمَّتِيْ يَأْتُوْنَ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ غُرَّا مُحَجَّلِيْنَ مِنْ أَثَرِ الْوُضُوْءِ ، فَمَنْ اِسْتَطَاعَ مِنْكُمْ أَنْ يُطِيْلَ غُرَّتَهُ فَلْيَفْعَلْ . مُتَّفَقٌ عَلَيْهِ
From Abu Hurairah radliyallahu anhu, he said, “I have heard the The Messenger of Allah (Prophet Muhammad) sallallahu alaihi wa sallam said,” Verily my people on the Day of Judgment come with white light in all members of wudu (limbs washed and wiped in wudu) from the former wudu. Whoever of you can prolong his white light, then let him do that.” The hadith is narrated by al-Bukhari and Muslim.
Three: Wudu is one of the highly recommended worships in Islam.
I hope you remember the sentence فَمَنْ اِسْتَطَاعَ مِنْكُمْ أَنْ يُطِيْلَ غُرَّتَهُ فَلْيَفْعَلْ in the hadith above. That is one suggestion for Muslims so that they always have wudu.
Four: wudu can wash away minor sins.
We can find this explanation in the hadith below:
قَالَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ : مَنْ تَوَضَّأَ وَأَحْسَنَ الْوُضُوْءَ خَرَجَتْ خَطَايَاهُ مِنْ جَسَدِهِ حَتَّى تَخْرُجَ مِنْ تَحْتِ أَظْفَارِهِ . رَوَاهُ مُسْلِمٌ
The Prophet (Muhammad) sallallahu alaihi wa sallam said, “Whoever performs wudu and makes his wudu good (perfects his wudu by carrying out all the obligations and suggestions in wudu), then his sins will come out of his body until they come out from under his nails.” The hadith is narrated by Muslim.
عَنْ أَبِيْ هُرَيْرَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ : قَالَ رَسُوْلُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ : إِذَا تَوَضَّأَ العَبْدُ المُسْلِمُ أَوِ الْمُؤْمِنُ فَغَسَلَ وَجْهَهُ خَرَجَ مِنْ وَجْهِهِ كُلُّ خَطِيْئَةٍ نَظَرَ إِلَيْهِ بِعَيْنِهِ مَعَ الْمَاءِ أَوْ مَعَ أَخِرِ قَطْرِ الْمَاءِ .فَإِذَا غَسَلَ يَدَيْهِ خَرَجَ مِنْ يَدَيْهِ كُلُّ خَطِيْئَةٍ كَانَ بَطَشَتْهَا يَدَاهُ مَعَ الْمَاءِ أَوْ مَعَ أَخِرِ قَطْرِ الْمَاءِ . فَإِذَا غَسَلَ رِجْلَيْهِ خَرَجَتْ كُلُّ خَطِيْئَةٍ مَشَتْهَا رِجْلَاهُ مَعَ الْمَاءِ أَوْ مَعَ أَخِرِ قَطْرِ الْمَاءِ حَتَّى يَخْرُجَ نَقِيًّا مِنَ الذُّنُوْبِ . رَوَاهُ مُسْلِمٌ
From Abu Hurairah radliyallahu anhu, he said, “The Messenger of Allah (Prophet Muhammad) sallallahu alaihi wa sallam said, “If a Muslim or believer performs wudu and then washes his face, then his sins come out of his face where he sees immorality with his eyes filled with water or the end of the water splash. If he washes his hands, then the sins of his hands are forgiven with water or with the last splash of the end. If he washes his feet, then the sins of his feet are forgiven with water or with the last splash of water until he is completely clean from all sins.” The hadith is narrated by Muslim.
Five: wudu is one of the reasons why Muslims can enter Heaven.
We can find this explanation in the hadith below:
عَنْ عُمَرَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ : قَالَ رَسُوْلُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ :مَا مِنْكُمْ مِنْ أَحَدٍ يَتَوَضَّأُ فَيُسْبِغُ الْوُضُوْءَ ثُمَّ يَقُوْلُ : أَشْهَدُ أَنْ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللهُ وَحْدَهُ لَا شَرِيْكَ لَهُ وَأَشْهَدُ أَنَّ مُحَمَّدًا عَبْدُهُ وَرَسُوْلُهُ , إِلَّا فُتِحَتْ لَهُ أَبْوَابُ الْجَنَّةِ الثَّمَانِيَّةِ يَدْخُلُ مِنْ أَيِّهَا شَاءَ . أَخْرَجَهُ مُسْلِمٌ وَالتِّرْمِذِيُّ وَزَادَ : اَللَّهُمَّ اجْعَلْنِيْ مِنَ التَّوَّابِيْنَ وَاجْعَلْنِيْ مِنَ الْمُتَطَهِّرِيْنَ
From Umar radliyallahu anhu, he said, “The Messenger of Allah alaihi wa sallam said, “It is not one of you who performs wudu then perfects it, then says, “I testify that there is no god but Allah who has no partner, and I testify that Muhammad is His servant and His Messenger,” except the eight doors of Heaven have been opened for him. He can enter any door he wants.” The hadith is narrated by Muslims and at-Tirmidhi. He (at-Tirmidhi) added another editor, “O Allah, make me among those who repent and make me including those who are cleansed.”
Six: there is a sunnah that specifically encourages Muslims to always have wudu.