Wudhu and the Soul

[by Majlisul Ulama]

In his spiritual sojourn towards the attainment of Qurb-e-Ilaahi (Divine Proximity), it is essential that the Saalik (the spiritual traveller) remains ever diligent against his nafs and shaitaan. He should inculcate this diligence by perpetually remaining in the state of wudhu. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: Wudhu is the weapon of the Mu’min.”

It, therefore, ‘does not behove the Saalik in the spiritual path to go unarmed in the fight against shaitaan and the nafs. Com manding diligence, Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: Be steadfast and firm (in goodness and piety). Be not indolent. Know that the best of your righteous deeds is Salaat and it is only a true Mu’min who guards his wudhu.” 

There are many benefits in the practice of being constantly with wudhu. The Saalik remains under the special mercy and protection of Allah Ta’ala. He is saved from calamities and the nafs and shaitaan do not quickly over-power him.

Therefore, remain constantly in the state of wudhu, especially when retiring to bed at night so that baatini (internal/spiritual) purity is acquired by virtue of this zaahiri (external/physical) act of ibaadat. A man who fails or who is neglectful in maintaining the zaahiri purity of his body in terms of the Shariah, will not adapt for Tareeqat (the Path of spiritual upliftm ent) because the zaahir is in fact the reflection of what takes place in the baatin (spiritual heart). By constantly maintaining Tahaarat, Divine Anwar (spiritual rays of lustre) will reflect from him.

This reflection will be impressed on his mind. His-spiritual eyes will perceive such anwaar. Further, the practice of remaining permenantly with wudhu is an act of mujaahadah against the nafs. It is detestable to the nafs. By imposing this state of Tahaarat on the nafs, it learns to submit. Its darkness and rebellion decrease and the heart becomes more conducive for dhikrullah. About the people who maintain external (bodily) purity, the Qur’aan Majeed says:

“Verily, Allah loves those who purify themselves.” This verse in the first instance is a reference to the People of Musjid-e-Quba. These Believers were in the habit of purifying themselves with water after answering the call of nature.

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