On the Excellence of Wudu'

Riyad as-Salihin (The Meadows of the Righteous)

by Imam Nawawi

185. Chapter: On the Excellence of Wudu'

Allah Almighty says, "O you who believe! When you get up to do the prayer, wash your faces and your hands," to His words, 'Allah does not want to make things difficult for you, but He does want to purify you and to perfect His blessing upon you so that perhaps you may show thanks." (W5:6; H5:6)

1024. Abu Hurayra said, "I heard the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, say, 'On the Day of Rising my community will be called 'those with white blazes on their foreheads and limbs' from the effects of wudu'. So whoever of you can increase the extent of the whiteness, should do so.'" [Agreed upon]

1025. Abu Hurayra said, "I heard my friend, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, say, 'The adornment of the believer reaches the places his wudu' reaches." [Muslim]

1026. 'Uthman ibn 'Affan reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "Anyone who does wudu' and does it well, his mistakes leave his body, even from under his nails." [Muslim]

1027. 'Uthman ibn 'Affan said, "I saw the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, do wudu' like I am doing wudu' now. Then he said, 'Anyone who does wudu' like that, will be forgiven his previous wrong actions, and his prayer and his walking to the mosque are an added bonus.'" [Muslim]

1028. Abu Hurayra reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "When the Muslim - or believing - slave does wudu' and washes his face, every wrong thing at which his eyes have looked leaves with the water - or with the last drop of water. When he washes his hands, every wrong thing which his hands have touched leaves with the water - or with the last drop of water. When he washes his feet. every wrong thing to which his feet have walked leaves with the water – or with the last drop of water, until he emerges cleansed of sins." [Muslim]

1029. Abu Hurayra reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, came to the graveyard and said, 'Peace be upon you, abode of a believing people. Allah willing, we will join you. I wish that we could see our brothers.' They said, 'Are we not your brothers, Messenger of Allah?' He said, 'You are my Companions. My brothers are those who have not yet come.' They said, 'How can you know someone of your community who has not yet come, Messenger of Allah?' He said, 'Do you not think that if a man had horses with white blazes which were among dark black horses, that he would recognise his horses?' They said, 'Yes indeed. Messenger of Allah.' He said, 'They will come with white blazes from wudu' and I will precede them to the Basin.'" [Muslim]

1030. Abu Hurayra reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "Shall I direct you to something by which Allah will wipe out errors and raise degrees?' They said, "Yes please, Messenger of Allah." He said, "Doing thorough wudu' in adverse circumstances, taking a lot of steps to the mosques and waiting for one prayer after another prayer. That is what you should hold to. That is what you should hold to." [Muslim]

1031. Abu Malik al-Ash'ari reported said that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "Purity is half of belief." [Muslim]

1032. 'Umar ibn al-Khattab reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "No one among you does wudu' and does wudu' thoroughly -– or adequately - and then testifies, 'There is no god but Allah Alone with no partner and I testify that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger' without the eight doors of the Garden being opened to him so that he can enter by whichever of them he wishes." [Muslim]

At-Tirmidhi adds, "O Allah, make me one of those who repent and put me among the purified."