What Every Muslim Must Know about Purification


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All praises are due to Allâh, and may Allâh’s Mercy and Safety be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and Companions.
Purity (Tahârah) is a beautiful word that is pleasing to the ears, and it is a quality which everyone strives to maintain. From an Islamic perspective, purity is a word which is general in its meaning.

It may mean physical cleanness, which is purity (of the body) from impure substances or states of impurity, or it may mean spiritual purity, which is the purity of one’s self from vices, faults, sins, and replacing them with good deeds, whether in speech ordeeds.

This comprehensive meaning of purity is indicated in the words of Prophet Muhammad.

Purification from Physical Impurities

Wudoo´ (ablution) is a condition for the validity of the Prayer, whether it be an obligatory Prayer or optional one.

The Prophet (PBUH) said:No Prayer is accepted without purification, and no charity is accepted from earnings made from impermissible sources.” (Muslim).

If one intends to perform wudoo´, it is obligatory that he always cleanse his private parts from excrement or urine after he has relieved himself, whether with water, with stones,10 or with both.

If he prefers to use one of the two, water is better because it cleans more effectively and removes the impurity itself. Miqdaad reported in a hadeeth: “He should wash his private part and make wudoo´.”

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