Bismillah Arrahman Arraheem
As-salamu alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatoh,
Holy Prophet Muhammad al Mustafā (salla llāhu ʿalayhi wa-alehe wa-sallam) said:
“Remain steadfast on Our love, the Ahlul Bait. For he who meets Allāh with Our love will enter the Paradise with Our intercession. By He Who controls My soul, a servant (of Allāh) does not benefit from his deeds except by knowing us (and our stature).”
[Reference: Al- Amaali of Sheikh Mufid (a.r.), Second assembly, tradition no. 1, narrated by Imam Al-Husain b. Ali (alayhi salām)]
اَللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلى مُحَمَّدٍ وَّآلِ مُحَمَّدٍ وَّعَجِّلْ فَرَجَهُمْ وَالْعَنْ أَعْدَائَهُمْ اَجْمَعِيْنَ
A humble request:Please do pray for earliest restoration of Jannat al-Baqi; protection of Mausoleum of Sayyidah Zaynab bint ‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib (a.s.) and Sayyidah Ruqayyah/Sakina bint Hussain (a.s.) & early re-appearance of Imam-E-Zamana (atfs).
The Importance of Wudhu
As we approach the fadhil raats of Shaare Ramadan, it is important that we meditate on one of the most important daaims of Islam, Salaat, as Shaare Ramadan is a month of ibadat and Salaat is our highest form of ibadat, (a point that we will meditate upon tomorrow).
In today’s meditation, we will focus on the importance of wudhu.
As we mentioned in the very first meditation, Amirul Mumineen (AS) taught us that all ibadat starts with wudhu – whether that is praying Namaaz, reciting quran majid, performing ziyarat or any other spiritual action, they all begin with wudhu. In fact, we are encouraged to be in wudhu at all times, as wudhu is our shield that protects us from the shaitan, like a soldier’s shield protects him in battle.
Amirul Mumineen (AS) said that our wudhu does not start from when we take the niyat for wudhu, but from before, when we look at the water. The first time we compare the clarity of the water with the clarity of our faith and deen. The second time, we remember that water is the spring of life and this wudhu is the spring of a stronger relationship with Allah (SWT). The third time is to remember that water is Allah’s (SWT) mercy to us and our wudhu enters us into Allah’s (SWT) mercy. The fourth time, we remember that just as water purifies everything, we must purify other around us by our ikhlaas and akhlaaq (our morals and character). The fifth time we look at water, we must remember that whilst the water can purify our body, we must also purify our heart so that it it opens and is clear in front of Allah (SWT).
How many times so far in Shaare Ramadan, have we looked at the water before our wudhu in such a manner before we prepared for ibadat?
There is a wonderful riwayat which illustrates how easy and how important it is that we correct our wudhu as, by doing so, this in turn, affects everything else. The wisdom behind Amirul Mumineen’s (AS) preparation for wudhu was that if your preparation for wudhu is better, your wudhu will be better, which will make whichever form of ibabdat or activity you partake in after wudhu better. Wudhu is the spring of our ibadat, the purer it is, the purer our ibadat will be.
One day, Imam Hassan (AS) and Imam Hussein (AS) were a very young age. The two Imams (AS) then saw an elderly man who was performing wudhu wrong.
The Imams (AS) knew that they had to tell the elderly man that he was performing wudhu wrong, but also did not want to hurt his feelings, as they were much younger to him and it was not in the character of Aale-Muhammad (SAW) to hurt the feelings of another intentionally.
The two Imams (AS) decided that the best way to let the man know that his wudhu was incorrect was to ask him to judge a competition between the two Imams (AS), in which they asked the elderly man to choose whether Imam Hassan (AS) or Imam Hussein (AS) performed wudhu better.
After the man had watched the two Imams (AS) perform wudhu, he realized that their wudhu was correct and his was not and, from that day, perfected his wudhu as per the example of the two Imams (AS).
As we begin the fadhil raats of Shaare Ramadan, let us ensure that our wudhu is perfect, just like Imam Hassan (AS) and Imam Hussein (AS) helped the elderly man to do. Let us ensure that our wudhu starts from before we even begin, by looking at the water in the specific ways Amirul Mumineen (AS) outlined. Let us ensure that wudhu is not just the physical process of washing our body, but a spiritual process of preparing our body, mind, heart and soul before we enter into ibadat.
May Allah (SWT) grant us all the purity to perfect that which in itself keeps us pure and, in doing so, ensures that all else that we do is blessed with that purity.