According to Islam, cleanliness is an indispensable responsibility that has its root in faith. Our sublime religion calls on people to purification who want to have a clean body, a peaceful heart, and a soul purified of sins. It therefore asks servants of Allah to stand before Him (swt) in a clean and pure form and manner through getting rid of material and spiritual impurities.
Muslims view wudu both as an act that earns them merits of worship and as a blessing that protects them from uncleanliness and contamination. They start preparing for prayer, the pillar of the religion and the ascent of the soul, with wudu. Muslims thus clean, at least five times a day, their parts that get dirtied most, and become the addressee of the following glad tiding of Prophet Muhammad (saw): “Whoever performs wudu and performs it well, their sins leave the body, through their fingers.”[i]
We are in an all-out fight against the COVID-19 pandemic that affects the whole world. The key to success in this struggle is through hygiene, wearing face masks, and observing social distancing. Let us not forget that wudu is the best opportunity for us to ensure regular and careful hygiene. Then, let us make hygiene and purity ensured by wudu a part of our lives. As expressed in the Holy Qur’an, “Allah loves those who are constantly repentant and loves those who purify themselves.”[ii]
[i] Muslim, Taharah, 33.
[ii] Baqarah, 2/222.