“That to thy Lord is your Goal” [53:42]
A verse to bear in mind in all we do, all the time. To Allah is your Goal, to Allah is your Goal, to Allah is your Goal.
Today by Allah’s mercy I learnt why and how ablution helps when one is in frustration. Of course the sound of water and its cooling physical touch has a sort of calming effect, but this time there were a few steps I took, mentally, to further enhance the whole experience of wudhu’. Label it whatever you like, I am not saying what works for me will work on others too. But inshaAllah we’ll benefit one way or another from my sharing of this experience, I hope.
When I performed wudhu’ for ‘Asr prayers today I was, as you can guess, in a slight form of frustration and unrest at heart. As the norm would be when one is in this state I had garnered some not-so-nice thoughts about some things. I guessed it wouldn’t be a good thing to bring into prayers so I sincerely hoped to ‘wash away’ these thoughts through ablution.
As I rinsed my mouth I thought of the inappropriate and non-beneficial words that I’ve uttered earlier.
As I washed my face and forehead I thought of the unnecessary feelings that ran through my mind earlier,
The things I’ve seen that day which were better off unremembered.
As I washed my arms I thought of my actions that might have been displeasing to Allah swt.
And it went on that way, thinking of sins I hoped to be washed away by the water. A small sense of calm ensued afterwards and Alhamdulillah I am thankful for that. Perhaps we could utilize Wudhu’ for constant muhasabah, which is the recollecting and pondering of your previous actions, 5 times a day. Perhaps it could even help quell certain habits when we realize we’ve been hoping to ‘wash away’ the same thing every time. Perhaps. I have yet to try that out.
and i hope it works, by Allah’s will. Ameen 🙂