All Muslims are required to do the ritual cleansing (wudu) before performing their prayers. We want to make sure that we are in a physical sense, as well as a spiritual sense, “purified” before we face Allah. Prayer is not accepted if you do not perform wudu.
The act of wudu consists of washing the face and the fore-arms, and wiping the head and the feet. These six parts of human body -face, both fore-arms, head and both feet are known as “the organs of wudu”.
Wudu by itself is always a recommendable act in Islamic rituals, but it becomes obligatory in certain circumstances. One of such circumstances is the daily ritual prayers; and therefore it is important for every Muslim to know the method of wudu and its rules.
The following is a summary of the wudu
1. Making the intention (niyyat) in one's mind.
2. (Bismillah), Washing the hands and arms
3. Gargling three times
4. Rinsing the nose three times
5. Washing the face three times
6. Washing the right fore-arm three times
7. Washing the left fore-arm three times
8. Wiping the head and clean the ears
9. Wiping the right foot
10. Wiping the left foot
Importance of Wudu for Muslims
“None shall touch it except the purified ones.” (56:79)
Narrated Nu`am Al-Mujmir: