The Prescribed Prayer: Chapter One (cont.)

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Wuduu, ablution, is one of the prerequisites of Salaah. Al-Quran declares:

"O believers, when you get up for prayer, wash up your faces and your hands up to the elbows and wipe your heads and wash your feet up to the ankles..." (Al-Quran, 5:7)

One performs Wuduu with clean water in the following procedure:

  1. Bring in the heart Niyyah, intention, for Wuduu.
  2. Then say silently "Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem," in the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful.
  3. Starting with the right hand, wash both hands up to the wrist three times.
  4. Rinse the mouth, using the index finger, all about the mouth three times. This procedure is known as Madmadah.
  5. Clean the nostrils by sniffing water and blowing it out three times. This is known as Istinshaaq and Istinthaar, respectively.
  6. Wash the face three times. The face is what is between the forehead and chin, and ear to ear.
  7. Wash the arms up to the elbows, three times. Begin with the right arm.
  8. Rub the head with wet hands in a front to back motion, once.
  9. With thumbs and fingers, rub both ears, once.
  10. Wash the feet up to the ankle three times, begin with the right foot.
  11. As one finishes washing the left foot, one says the following Du'aa:
  12. Ash hadu allaa ilaaha ill I bear witness that there is no deity
    Allah, wahdahuu laa shareeka but Allah, He is one and has no
    laha. Wa ashhadu anna associate. And I bear witness that
    Muhammadan `abduhuu wa Muhammad is His servant and
    rasuuluhu. Allaahumma Messenger. O Allah, join me with those
    j`alnee minat tawwaabeena who repent of their sins again and
    waj`alnee minal mutatahireen . again, and join me with those who
    keep themselves neat and clean at
    all times.
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