“O Believers! When you prepare for prayers, wash your faces and your hands up to the elbows, and wipe your heads, and your feet to the ankles … and [if you] do not find water then betake yourselves to clean earth and wipe your faces and your hands with it.”
(Holy Qur’an: Surah Al-Maida (5), Verse 6
Here are some medical benefits of ablution that the modern science has proven:
1- Performing ablution not only cleanses the vital parts of the body from dirt and dust but also softens and refreshes them.
2- Inhaling water into nostrils during ablution prevents germs and dust trapped inside from entering the body.
3- Washing the face protects the outer layer of the skin and also relieves the feelings of over tiredness and fatigue. Performing ablution regularly maintains the beauty and freshness of the face as you get older.
4- Rinsing the mouth during ablution is so important because the water removes the food remnants which cause teeth problems and bad smells.
5- Washing the ears helps getting rid of the extra wax that may cause ear infection. Also, wiping over the back of the ears prevents inflections like mastoiditis from arising.
6- Ablution helps prevent skin cancer because the areas that are washed during ablution are the parts of the body that are most prone to be exposed to pollution, whether it is pollution from the internal secretions of the body on to the skin surface, such as sweat, or whether it is external.
7- Washing with water helps invigorate the ends of the blood vessels, as well as the nerves and glands that are near the skin surface, and hence helps them perform their functions efficiently.
8- Washing between the toes during ablution, is also extremely important as it prevents the foot, which in our modern times is trapped most of the day inside shoes, from acquiring athlete’s foot.
It is recommended to perform ablution not only before offering prayer, but also before going to bed, reciting the Qur’an, entering the mosque, making the call to prayer, delivering a khutbah, after visiting the graveyard, and touching or carrying a dead person. Finally, there is a divine wisdom and goodness in all His divine rulings, and they are in our best interest that we may or may not know.