Purity is the power, which our prophets have revealed to us. The purification of body strengthens your soul, which ultimately brings you close to Allah. This is the reason why Islam emphasizes on purity, as it is the basic part of faith in Islam. Every Muslim performs ablution (wudhu), before offering (salat) prayers. It is a simple, certain and obligatory pattern of washing one’s body parts with which they start their prayers. As Allah has stated in the Holy Quran;
“O you who have believed, when you rise to [perform] prayer, wash your faces and your forearms to the elbows and wipe over your heads and wash your feet to the ankles. And if you are in a state of janabah, then purify yourselves. But if you are ill or on a journey or one of you comes from the place of relieving himself or you have contacted women and do not find water, then seek clean earth and wipe over your faces and hands with it. Allah does not intend to make difficulty for you, but He intends to purify you and complete His favor upon you that you may be grateful.” – Verse (5:6)
After about 1400 years, this pattern of washing the body parts has become an amazing experiment for scientists all around the globe. Many Muslims are unaware that ablution is a medical protection they are applying to their body. Here are the medical benefits of ¬ablution; the scientists came to know after years of research.
1. WUDHU REFRESHES YOUR BODY
The Prophet (PBUH) recommended ablution before going to bed. Yoga experts also encourage washing of hands, arms, eyes, legs, mouth and genitals before sleep with cool water for a deep sleep.
Ablution stimulates biological rhythms of the body and specifically Biological Active Sports (Bases) which are similar to the idea behind Chinese reflexo-therapy. It is a treatment which includes hydro-massage of the BAS, their thermal and corporal stimulation.
3. WASHING NOSE PREVENTS FROM MICROBIC DISEASES
After a microscopic investigation, it is confirmed that the noses of those who do not perform ablution were exposed to a huge amount of harmful microbes which can cause many diseases.
4. WASHING ARMS ACTIVATES BLOOD CIRCULATION
It is also established that blood circulation at the limbs is weaker because they are far from the center of the blood pumping heart. Therefore, their washing activates blood circulation at these remote areas of the body, making the person more vigorous.
5. WASHING HANDS PREVENTS YOU FROM PNEUMONIA
A study carried out in Pakistan found that over 50% of pneumonia-related infections in children under the age of 5 could simply be prevented by the washing of hands with soap. Hand washing also reduces respiratory infections by removing infectious pathogens to be found on the hands.
6. RINSING MOUTH PREVENTS SYSTEMATIC DISEASES
It is to be noted that Muslims wash their hands before rinsing their mouth, ensuring that they rinse their mouth with clean water. During the WUDHU / ablution, Muslims rinse their mouth in order to remove food particles and bacteria from the mouth. Most of them prefer miswak – a natural toothbrush made from a twig or root of the tree which has its own antiseptic properties, for cleaning the mouth before ablution.
According to a recent study published in the Clinical Microbiology Reviews Journal by the name of ‘Systemic Diseases Caused by Oral Infection’, have found a direct link between a lack of oral hygiene and systemic diseases. Systemic diseases include Cardiovascular Disease, Bacterial Pneumonia, Osteoporosis, Low Birth Weight and Diabetes-Related Complications. In every Islamic ritual, there are numerous hidden scientific benefits on which scientists are working. Muslims are, in real means, blessed with Allah’s undeniable wisdom.