There are several hadiths told by our Prophet about the benefits of Wudhu. In a day those who pray all the prayers, does wudhu at least five times a day, if not more. Our Prophet (pbuh) has told us that purifications is half of faith. So we should keep ourself pure and neat at all time. Wudhu also raises our status as well. It can also be the reason why we enter Jannah. And also means of forgiveness for our sins. Let me share a few hadiths with you about the matter 😉
There are a lot of benefits of doing wudhu and keeping wudhu from throughout the day, being at work or at school. Nowadays when I go out I always keep a little bottle with me, in case I have to go to the washroom and use it as a vessel. I have also kept a few vessels at work so that not only I but also other muslims can benefit from keeping themselves clean. So you see it isn`t impossible if you make up your mind that you want to attain more good deeds in sha Allah.
The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) has said :
“On the day of resurrection, my Ummah will be called al-ghurr al-muhajjaloon because of traces of wudhu, so whoever can increase the area of his radiance, let him do so”. (Abu Dawood)
The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) has said:
“Whoever performs wudhu properly as enjoined by Allah the Most High, then the five prayers will be an expiation for whatever (of sin) comes in between”. (Sahih Muslim)
Doing wudhu well and with no other motive than to seek blessings from it to read salah, can be a way of you being forgiven your previous sins. It was narrated that Humran, the freed slave said:
“One person performed wudhu well, then he said: I saw the Prophet (pbuh) perform wudhu and doing it well, then he said: Whoever performs wudhu like this, then goes to the masjid, with no motive other than the prayer, his previous sins will be forgiven”. (Sahih Muslim).
As long as big sins are avoided there are a lot of blessings in reading the five prayers from one Jumu`ah to the other Jumu`ah.
It was narrated from Abu Hurayra that the Messenger of Allah said: ” The obligatory five prayers, from one Jumu`ah to the other Jumu`ah are an expiation for whatever (sins) come in between, so long as one does not commit any major sins”. (Sahih Muslim).
Doing wudhu well and reading to rakat namaz can be your ticket to Jannah. The Prophet (pbuh) has said:
“There is no muslim who performs wudhu and does it well, then stands and prays to rakah in which his heart is focused on the qiblah, but Paradise will be due to him”. (Sahih Muslim).
In the same hadith it was also mentioned something about what you should read after you have done wudhu and have just stepped out of the washroom that will open the eight gates of Paradise for you. Do you want to know, simply read on 😉 The Prophet (pbuh) has said:
“There is no one amongst you who performs wudhu well and does it completely and says the second kalimah: ” Ashadu An la ilaha Illallah Wa Ashadu Anna Mohammadan Abduho Wa Rasoloh (I bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and that Muhammad (pbuh) is His slave and Messenger`, but the eight gates of Paradise will be opened to him and he will enter through whichever one he wishes”. (Sahih Muslim)
When one does wudhu, it is extremely important that one washes ones nose thoroughly. The Prophet has said:
“.. When any of you does wudhu, let him put water in his nostrils, then let him blow it out”. (Sahih Muslim).
Though there are other rules of cleaning your nose if you are fasting. Asim bin Laqit bin Sabrah narrated from his father who said:
” O Messenger of Allah! Inform me about wudhu”. So he said: ” Perform wudhu well, and go between the fingers and perform istinshaq (water sniffed up in the nose) extensively except when fasting.” (Sahih, Jami`At-Tirmidhi).
Sins exit with the water of wudhu. Every one of us has sinned one time or the other. If you want to lessen your burden of sins, do wudhu and keep your wudhu throughout the day in sha Allah, at all times and your sins will diminish in sha Allah. The Prophet (pbuh) has said:
” When a muslim performs wudhu and washes his face, every sin that he looked at with his eyes comes out from his face with the water, or with the last drop of the water. When he washes his hands, every sin that he committed with his hands comes out from his hands with the water, or with the last drop of the water. When he washes his feet, every sin to which he walked with his feet comes out from his feet with the water, or with the last drop of the water, until he emerges cleansed of sins”. (Sahih Muslim).
If you do wudhu at times when it is difficult to do so, because of cold or other elements your raise your own status and erase your sins. Abu Hurayra narrated that the Prophet (pbuh) has said:
” Shall I not tell you something by means of which Allah erases sins and raises people in status?`. They said: `Yes, O Messenger of Allah`. He said: “Performing wudhu properly during times of when it is difficult to do so, taking many steps to the masjid, and waiting for prayer after prayer. That is your Ribat (it means guarding the frontier). (Sahih Muslim).
I guess if what the Prophet have said about wudhu matters to you, you would after you have read all these hadiths, go straight to the washroom and do properly wudhu. Not only that, but from the barakat of this holy month of ramadan we are in, why not try to start with new healthy habits like always keeping your wudhu throughout the day, in sha Allah. I`m in, are you? 😀