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Wuḍū and Science
The Prophet of mankind, the peace of our heart and mind, the most generous and kind (+ has narrated, “Those loving each other for the sake of Allāĥ when meet and shake hands and recite Durūd Sharīf upon the Holy Prophet (, their preceding and succeeding sins are forgiven before they go apart.” (Musnad Abī Ya’lā, pp. 95, vol. 3, Ḥadīš 2951)
Embracing Islam by Virtue of Wuḍū
A person states that he offered Islam to a university student in Belgium. The student asked him scientific benefits of Wuḍū. He could not answer. He carried him to a religious scholar but he also had no knowledge about it. Another person possessing scientific information told him several benefits of Wuḍū but he also could not tell benefit of Masḥ (moistening) of neck. That student went back. After sometime he came and informed that his professor informed during the lecture, “If a few drops of water are sprinkled on neck and its surroundings, protection is obtained against the diseases of vertebral column and spinal cord.” Hearing that he said, “I grasped the blessing hidden in moistening of neck, hence I want to embrace Islam” and he became Muslim.
Seminar in Western Germany
The problem of depression is growing in the western countries, brain failures are being reported and more mental asylums are being established. Long queues of psychiatric patients may be seen before Psychiatrists. A Pakistani physiotherapist who holds a diploma from Western Germany states that a seminar on the topic “What cures other than medicines are possible for depression” was held in Western Germany. One of the doctors revealed an amazing discovery in his speech by saying, “I get washed the face of patients of depression five times per day and after few days their disease reduced. Then I get washed face, hands and feet of a similar group of patients five times a day and they healed up to a great extent.” The same doctor accepts in the end of his speech that the problem of depression is short in Muslims as they wash face, hands and feet (i.e. during Wuḍū) several times daily.
Wuḍū and High Blood Pressure
A heart specialist assures that if a patient of hypertension is asked to perform Wuḍū and then his blood pressure is checked, his B.P. will be definitely lower. A Muslim Psychiatrist states, “The best cure for psychiatric patients lies in Wuḍū.” The western experts get washed body parts of psychiatric patients several times like Wuḍū.
Wuḍū and Paralysis
Even the order of washing organs during Wuḍū is beneficial. Washing of hands in the first step motivates the nervous system of the body and then slowly effects transmit towards veins of face and brain. The order of washing hands, then mouth-wash, then nose-wash and then washing of remaining organs reduces probability of paralysis. If face washing and Masḥ are done first, the body may suffer several diseases.
The One Who Values Miswāk
Dear Islamic brothers! There are many Sunan in Wuḍū and each Sunnaĥ is a source of blessings. As an example consider Miswāk. Even children know that use of Miswāk in Wuḍū is Sunnaĥ and see what a lot of benefits are associated with this Sunnaĥ! A businessman says, “I met a newly Muslim in Switzerland and I gifted him a Miswāk. He became happy. He kissed the Miswāk and then touched it with his eyes. Tears welled up from his eyes. He took a handkerchief out of his pocket, unfolded it, and took out a tiny Miswāk, which was approximately two inches in length. He said that when he had embraced Islam, he was given that as a gift; he was using it with great care and then it was nearly finished making him anxious.
Allāĥ had blessed him to have a gift of Miswāk from him. Then he added that he had a persisting infection in his teeth and gums. The dentists had no cure for it. He started to use the Miswāk and after a few days, he felt better. He went to see the doctor who was very surprised to see that he was cured. The doctor said that he could not be cured in such a short period of time with the medicine he had prescribed. Just recall carefully what he had used. He pondered and recalled that he had become a Muslim and had recently started to use the Miswāk. Due to use of the Miswāk, he was blessed and healed. When he showed the Miswāk to the doctor, he was stunned.”
To Strengthen Memory
Dear Islamic brothers! Miswāk has many benefits in this world and the Hereafter. Miswāk contains many chemical ingredients which protect the teeth from many infections. It is quoted in the margins of Ṭaḥṭāvī: “Use of Miswāk strengthen memory and eyesight, cures headaches and relieves the veins in the head, eliminates sputum, improves digestion, increases brain power, increases birth rate, delays aging and strengthens the back.” (Ḥāshiya-tuṭ-Ṭaḥṭāwī Ala Marāqil Falāḥ, pp. 69, Bāb-ul-Madīna, Karachi)
Three Aḥādīš about Miswāk
- Whenever the Holy Prophet would enter his blessed home, he would use the Miswāk first. (Saḥīḥ Muslim, pp. 152, vol. 1, Ḥadīš 152)
- Whenever the Exalted Prophet+ would wake up from his sleep, he would use the Miswāk. (Sunan Abū Dāwūd, pp. 54, Ḥadīš 57)
- Make use of Miswāk necessarily because it cleans your mouth and pleases Allāĥ . (Musnad Imām Aḥmad, pp. 438, vol. 2, Ḥadīš 5869)
Cure for Blisters in the Mouth
Physicians have stated, “Sometimes blisters develop in the mouth due to warmth or acidity of the stomach and result in spread of particular type of germs in the mouth. To cure this infection, chew a fresh Miswāk and circulate the saliva thus formed in your mouth for a few minutes. By doing this, several patients have been cured.”
Harmful Effects of Toothbrush
According to research, 80% of illnesses are caused due to dirty teeth or poor stomach. Sometimes the teeth are not cleaned properly and therefore many germs grow in the gums. These germs spread up to the stomach and cause different infections. Remember! The tooth-brush is not an alternative to the Miswāk. Experts have concluded that:
- After the toothbrush has been used once, germs settle on the brush and do not remove away even by washing the brush. Instead they multiply in the brush.
- The toothbrush destroys the natural bright coating of the teeth.
- Use of tooth brush dislocate gums gradually thus causing gaps in between the gums and the teeth, making it easy for the food particles to stuck in the cavities. These particles rot and germs grow there. As a result, infections of eyesight in addition to other diseases take place. Eyesight goes weak and sometimes culminates into blindness.
Do You Know How to Use Miswāk?
You may think that I have been using the Miswāk for several years but my teeth and stomach are still disturbed. My simple Islamic brothers! Guilty is yours and not that of Miswāk. To my (writer of this book) approximation, there may be one among millions who performs Miswāk according to its guidelines. Most of us just rub the Miswāk haphazardly on our teeth while performing Wuḍū. It may be said that we performs “a custom of Miswāk” and not the “Sunnaĥ of Miswāk”.
Fourteen Madanī Pearls
- Thickness of Miswāk should be equal to the little finger.
- Miswāk should not be longer than a hand span otherwise Satan will sit on it.
- The bristles of the Miswāk should be soft. Hard bristles will cause a gap between the gums and teeth.
- If Miswāk is fresh then its good; otherwise soak it in a glass of water until it becomes soft.
- Cut the bristles everyday. The bristles are effective only when they contain bitterness.
- Rub the Miswāk over the width of your teeth.
- Use the Miswāk three times.
- Wash it each time.
- Hold the Miswāk in your right hand with your little finger under the Miswāk, the middle three fingers gripping it and the thumb towards the bristle end of Miswāk.
- First clean the top right row of the teeth then top left row. Then clean the bottom right row and then the bottom left row of the teeth.
- There is a risk of enlargement of the spleen of a person who uses Miswāk while laying on bed/ground.
- To perform Miswāk while holding in fist, there is a risk of piles disease.
- Miswāk is preceding Sunnaĥ for Wuḍū but if one has fouling breath, using Miswāk is Sunnat-e-Muakkadaĥ. (Fatāwā Raḍawiyyah (Jad īd), pp. 223, vol. 1)
- Don’t throw away the used bristles or used Miswāk. Instead, place it at a safer place e.g. bury under the ground or sink into the sea etc. as it is sacred, being tool for acting upon a Sunnaĥ. (Baĥār-eSharī’at, pp. 294, vol. 1, Dur-re-Mukhtār-o-Rad-dul-Muḥtār, pp. 250, vol. 1)
Benefits of Washing of Hands
In Wuḍū, the hands are washed first. Let us see benefits of this act. Hands touch/hold a lot of things and different chemicals and germs get stuck with hands. If hands are not washed whole of the day, hands may suffer skin infections e.g. pimples on hand, skin itching, eczema, change in skin colour etc. When we wash hands, rays emitting from fingers produce field which trigger our internal electromagnetic system, a part of which approaches our hands and causes beautification of the hands.
Benefits of Rinsing the Mouth
First of all hands are washed in Wuḍū. Thus hands become clear from germs; otherwise these germs would have entered our mouth during mouth rinsing and would have reached stomach thereby causing several infections. A lot of hazardous germs accompanied with air and the constituents of food stuck in our mouth and on teeth via saliva. Hence rinsing of mouth and doing Miswāk in Wuḍū clean the mouth thoroughly. If mouth is not cleaned, following diseases may break out.
- Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) – one of its initial symptoms include the swelling of the mouth.
- Tearing of the periphery of mouth
- Moniliasis of the mouth and lips
- Rotting and blistering of mouth If the person is not in fasting, it is Sunnaĥ to gargle the throat. One who gargles regularly will not suffer from tonsillitis and he will be saved from several types of throat infections including throat cancer
Benefits of Sniffing Water into the Nose
The lungs need air, free from germs, smoke and dust, having about 80% humidity and a temperature slightly greater than 90°F. To provide this quality of air, Allāĥ has bestowed the bounty of nose. To humidify the air, nose produces about one-fourth gallon of moisture. Hairs inside the nose act as dust catchers. There is a microscopic scrubber that has invisible bristles. These bristles kill the germs coming with the air. In addition, these bristles also perform a protective feature called Lysozyme. With this, nose protects eyes from infection. , one who performs Wuḍū rinses his nose with water and thus this important organ (nose) get serviced. The electric properties of water fortify the ability of bristles and thus a Muslim is saved from several complex diseases of nose by virtue of Wuḍū. The rinsing of nose is very beneficial for the patients of persisting flu and having wounds in nose.
Benefits of Washing the Face
Nowadays pollution level of smoke etc. is increasing in atmosphere. Different chemicals, lead etc. keep on depositing on eyes and face. If face is not washed, face and eyes would suffer several diseases. An English doctor wrote a paper on the topic “Eye, Water and Health.” In that paper he said giving stress, “Keep washing your eyes several times daily; otherwise you would face dangerous diseases.” Washing of face prevents or minimize mars on face. The expert beauticians have consensus on the fact that all types of creams and lotions leave spots on face. To make face beautiful, it is necessary to wash it several times. Beychar, a senior member of ‘American Council for Beauty’, reveals, “Muslims do not need any chemical lotion as their face is protected against diseases due to being washed during Wuḍū.” The experts of environmental protection say, “To prevent face allergy, wash it frequently.” This is only possible during Wuḍū. by washing face during Wuḍū, the face is massaged, the blood circulation improves towards the face, dirt is removed and its beauty becomes two fold.
Protection from Blindness
Dear Islamic brothers! I bring to your attention towards such a disease in which the genuine secretions of the eyes reduce or finish completely and the patient eventually becomes blind. According to medical reports, if eyebrows are washed occasionally, this disease may be prevented.One who performs Wuḍū and washes his face, his eyebrows are also washed. Those lucky Muslims who have adorned their faces with the beautiful beard should listen carefully what Professor George Ail states, “When one washes the face, the germs present in the beard wash away. The roots of the hair become stronger when water wets them. On fingering (by the blessing of acting on Sunnaĥ of Khilāl in the beard) in the beard the risk of lice reduces. In addition, presence of wetness in the beard saves from diseases related to muscles of neck, thyroid glands and throat.
Benefits of Washing the Arms
There are three major veins in the elbow that are linked to heart, liver and brain. This organ usually remains covered. If water or air is not allowed to interact with elbows, several mental and neurological complications may arise. In Wuḍū, arms including elbows are washed and this act fortifies heart, liver and brain and safety against these diseases is obtained. Moreover this washing links a person with the radiations stored in the chest and halo of radiations starts to flow and results in strengthening of the muscles of hands.
The Benefits of Doing Masḥ (Moistening)
There is a major artery between head and the neck which links vertebral column, spinal cord and all body joints. When a person performs Masḥ of the neck during Wuḍū, the electric radiation emitting from hand enters the major artery and from there, transmits to all sections of neurological system via vertebral column and the neurological system is fortified.
Doctor of Insane People
Someone has stated, “I was doing my Wuḍū at a place in France; a person standing there was gazing at me. When I completed Wuḍū, he inquired me from where I belonged? I answered that I am a Muslim from Pakistan. He then asked me how many mental institutes are there in Pakistan. I was surprised to listen to this strange question; however I replied that there might be two to four such institutes. He asked me what I was doing few minutes back. I replied that I was performing Wuḍū. He asked whether I do so daily. I replied that I do so five times daily. He amazed and said that he was a surgeon in a mental hospital and his hobby was to investigate the causes of mental disorders. According to his research, signals transmit from brain to the whole body so that organs may work. The brain floats in a fluid all the time. That is why it is not shaken if one runs. Had it been rigidly placed, it would have been damaged. Some feeble nerves emerging from brain acting as conductors spread into body via neck. If hairs are lengthy and the back of neck is kept dry, dryness may occur in these conductors and human brain may go out of order resulting in a mental upset. Hence he thought that moistening the neck back might be a remedy. Just now he saw me moistening the neck back and said that you people may not suffer mental upset.” In addition, moistening also prevents sun stroke and Meningitis.
Benefits of Washing the Feet
Feet undergo dirtiness at most. Infection first starts from the gap between fingers of foot. Washing feet during Wuḍū removes away dirt and germs. Remaining germs are removed when Khilāl between fingers is done. Washing feet in Wuḍū according to Sunnaĥ removes diseases like sleep shortness, dryness of brain, heart sinking and depression.
The Residue from Water of Wuḍū
There is cure in drinking the water left from Wuḍū. Regarding this, a Muslim doctor stated,
- The first effect of this drink is upon the bladder, restrictions in urinary track are cleared and urine comes smoothly.
- One is freed from unlawful lust of sex.
- It removes warmth of liver, stomach and bladder.” Islamic Jurists have narrated, “If one performs Wuḍū using water by a loṫā or some pot and if some water is left over, it is Mustaḥab to drink that water while standing and facing towards the Qiblaĥ.”