Sunday, August 19, 2012

Solāh al-Wudhu

The Solāh Nawafil Wudhu’

Ibn Saleh

In the name of Allāh, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful;
All the praise and thanks is due to Allāh, the Lord of al-‘ālamīn. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allāh, and that Muhammad, Sallallāhu ‘alayhi wasallam is His Messenger.

The Relationship of Fardhu and Nawafil Solāh

As indicated in ahādith Nawafil Solāt is very rewarding for those who observed it. 

Abu Hurayrah (radhiyallāhu’anhu) narrated that the Prophet (Sallallāhu ‘alayhi wasallam) said: 

The first thing a person will be held accountable for on the Day of Judgment is his Solat. If they are complete, it will be written for him that they are complete, but if there is a deficiency in them, Allāh would say: "See if My Slave has any supererogatory prayers. Allāh would also say: “Make up the deficiency in My Slave’s obligatory prayers from the supererogatory prayers;” and then other actions will be accounted for accordingly.”  

This is recorded by An-Nasa’ie, Dawud and others.

It other narrations  Rasūlullāh (Sallallāhu ‘alayhi wasallam) said:   

“Whenever a servant prostrates to Allāh, Allāh writes a reward for him, wipes out one of his sins and elevates his rank by one degree; so prostrate as much as you can” (Recorded by Muslim, Ibn Mājah) ; “Solāh is the best thing that one can do, so perform as many as you possibly can” (Recorded by At-Tabarāni); “Two light raka‘at which you may think as insignificant to add to you deeds, it is better for you than possessing the whole world” (Recorded by Ibn Al-Mubārak)

The Virtue of Perfect Wudhu’ and its Duā’

In relation to the virtue of a perfect wudhu’ ‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattab (radhiyallāhu‘anhu) narrated that the Prophet (Sallallāhu ‘alayhi wasallam) said:  

“There is not one of you that make wudhu', and performs the rites of wudhu', when he has completed his wudhu', then recites:  
Ash-hadu an lā ilāha illallāh, Wahdahu la sharīkalah, Wa anna muhammadan ‘abduhu wa Rasūluh 
(I bear witness that there is no ilāh except Allāh alone, no partner has he, and that Muhammad is His bondservant, and Messenger.)”;
Except that the eight gates of Heaven would open up for him, that he may enter from whichever he would please”.  

This hadith is no.162 in his Sahīh Abu Dawud, and no.96 in ‘Al-Irwā’. It is also recorded by Muslim, An-Nasā’ie and Ahmad. Al-Albāni classified it as sound in his Sahīh Al-Jãmi’ As-Saghīr wa Ziyādatih. 

The Virtue of Perfect Wudhu’ and Solāh al-Wudhu’.

 ‘Uqbah Ibn ‘Amr (radhiyallāhu`anhu) related that the Allāh’s Messenger (Sallallāhu ‘alayhi wasallam) said: 

“If one performs and perfects his wudhu’ and perform solah two raka’at (Nawafil al-Wudhu’) with his heart and face (completely on his solah); Paradise becomes his.” 

 This is recorded by Muslim, Abu Dawud, Ibn Mājah and Ibn Khuzaimah.

Abu Hurairah (radhiyallāhu‘anhu) narrated that Allāh’s Messenger (Sallallāhu ‘alayhi wasallam) said to Bilal Ibn Rabab (radhiyallāhu‘anhu) after one Solatul Fajar:  

“Tell me about the most hopeful act (i.e one which you deem the most rewarding with Allāh) you have done since your acceptance of Islam because I heard the sound of the steps of your shoes in front of me in paradise.”

Bilal Ibn Rabab (radhiyallāhu‘anhu) said: “I do not consider any act more hopeful than that whenever I make wudhū’ (ablution) at any time of night or day, I offer solāh (nawafil al-wudhu’) for as long as was destined for me to offer.”  

This is related by Al-Bukhari and Muslim.

The two hadiths indicates the great rewards of Jannah for perfect Wudhu, and the solah nawafil wudhu.

Khumran, the client of ‘Uthman bin Affan (radhiyallāhu‘anhu) said: 

“I saw ‘Uthman call for water for ablution, pour it from the pot onto his right hand and wash it three times. He then put his right hand into the container, rinsed his mouth and nose and blew the water out. Then he washed his face three times, followed by his arms up to the elbows. Then he washed his feet three times and said ‘I saw the Allāh’s Messenger (Sallallāhu ‘alayhi wasallam) make ablution like this.’ And then he would say,  

‘Whoever makes ablution like this and then perform two raka’at (Solāh nawafil wudhu’) without having any other concern on his mind, all his past sins will be forgiven.” 

This is recorded by Al-Bukhari, Muslim and others.

The above ahadiths indicates Allah would erase the past sins and grants rewards of Jannah for those who performs a perfect wudhu’ and observe Solāh al-wudhu’. Two light raka‘at which we may think as insignificant to add to our deeds, in actual fact it entails a most valuable rewards in the Hereafter, better than possessing this whole world.

Allah Almighty also holds a promise of Jannah for those who make it a practice Solat Sunnah Mu’akaddah which is performed before or after the Solāh Fardhu. Thus, Allah has provided a most worthy deeds upon the ummah that must it be ceased by us. All the praise and thanks is due to Allāh Almighty.

And Allāh Almighty knows best.

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