What do the scholars of the Din and muftis of the Sacred Law state regarding the following issue: Why is it important for one to be in the state of wudu (ablution) for performing prayer? What is the logical answer?

Questioner: Aftab from UK


بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم
الجواب بعون الملک الوھاب اللھم ھدایۃ الحق والصواب

The reason why wudu is important for performing Salah is because Salah purifies the heart. Hence, prior to this we should purify our apparent body because apparent purity is the cause for attaining inner purity.

The one who is affected by the illness of itching, his clothes, his home and his body are constantly kept clean so that he may attain good health/fitness meaning the outer cleanliness allows for the inner to be clean.

Furthermore, when one is to go in the presence of a man of respect and high status, prior to setting off one makes sure that he is clean. Prayer is where one presents oneself in the court of Allah Azzawajal who is the King of all Kings this is why to present oneself in the court of Allah Azzawajal it is mandatory for one to have attained purity. This is the original reason why Allah Azzawajal has ordered wudu for prayer as mentioned in the Noble Qur’aan;

یٰۤاَیُّہَا الَّذِیۡنَ اٰمَنُوۡۤا اِذَا قُمْتُمْ اِلَی الصَّلٰوۃِ فَاغْسِلُوۡا وُجُوۡہَکُمْ وَاَیۡدِیَکُمْ اِلَی الْمَرَافِقِ وَامْسَحُوۡا بِرُءُ وۡسِکُمْ وَ اَرْجُلَکُمْ اِلَی الْکَعْبَیۡنِ۔

Translation: “O People who Believe! When you wish to stand up for prayer, wash your faces and your hands up to the elbows and pass wet palms over your heads and wash your feet up to the ankles.”

[Surah Al Maidah Verse 6]

واللہ تعالی اعلم ورسولہ اعلم صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم
کتبہ ابو الحسن محمد قاسم ضیاء قادری

Answered by Mufti Qasim Zia al-Qadri
Translated by Bilal Shabir

Read the original Urdu answer here: [Q-ID0518] What is the logic behind doing wudu (ablution) before praying Salah?

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