Performing wudu (ablution) is an essential ritual in Islam that precedes the performance of various acts of worship, such as the five daily prayers. It is a process of purification that involves washing specific parts of the body with water, thereby cleansing oneself both physically and spiritually. While performing wudu, Muslims are encouraged to engage in supplications and remembrance of Allah (God). Here, I will describe the recommended dua (supplication) that can be recited during each step of wudu, highlighting its significance and the spiritual connection it fosters.
Intention: Before starting wudu, it is recommended to have a clear intention to perform the ablution solely for the sake of Allah and to seek His pleasure. Though not a verbal dua, the intention itself is an act of worship, as it demonstrates sincerity and mindfulness.
Washing the hands: As you begin washing your hands, recite the following dua: “Bismillah” (In the name of Allah).
By uttering this simple phrase, you seek Allah’s blessings and acknowledge His presence throughout the wudu process. It also serves as a reminder to perform all actions with the intention of seeking His pleasure.
- Rinsing the mouth: While rinsing your mouth, say: “Allahumma thabbitni ‘ala al-haqqi minal-asma’i wal-athar.” (O Allah, make me firm upon truth, both in words and deeds.)
This supplication seeks Allah’s assistance in enabling you to speak and act in accordance with the truth. It is a request for steadfastness in upholding honesty and integrity in all aspects of life.
- Cleaning the nose: When cleaning your nose, recite: “Allahumma Tahhirni mina al-khataya wa athhir qalbi mina al-nifaaq.” (O Allah, purify me from my sins and cleanse my heart from hypocrisy.)
This dua reflects the desire for purification not only externally but also internally. It acknowledges the need for a pure heart, free from hypocrisy and any impurities of character.
- Washing the face: While washing your face, say: “Allahumma bayyid wajhi yawma tabyaddu wujuh wa taswaddu wujuh.” (O Allah, brighten my face on the day when faces will turn white and blacken other faces.)
This supplication signifies the hope for a radiant face on the Day of Judgment, when the righteous will be distinguished. It seeks Allah’s mercy and the privilege of being among those whose faces will shine with light.
- Washing the arms: During this step, recite: “Allahumma atina kitabaya bi yameeni wa hasibni hisaban yaseera.” (O Allah, give me my book of deeds in my right hand and make my reckoning easy.)
By reciting this dua, you express the desire for a favorable outcome on the Day of Judgment. It emphasizes the hope for a record of good deeds in the right hand, symbolizing success and salvation.
- Wiping the head: While wiping the head, say: “Allahumma ‘Aalim al-ghaybi wash-shahadati, fatiras-samawati wal-ardi, rabba kulli shay’in wa malika.” (O Allah, Knower of the unseen and the witnessed, Creator of the heavens and the earth, Lord of everything and its Sovereign.)
This supplication acknowledges Allah’s infinite knowledge and power. It recognizes His authority over the entire universe and seeks His guidance and mercy in every aspect of life.
- Washing the feet: As you wash your feet, recite: “Allahumma thabbit qadamayya ‘ala Siratika yawma tazhillu fihi al-aqdam.” (O Allah, make my feet firm on Your path on the day when feet will slip.)
This dua seeks Allah’s support and guidance to remain steadfast on the straight path of righteousness. It implores for strength and stability during times of trials and difficulties.