The Prayer Performed after a Ritual Ablution

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What is the prayer performed? What is ritual ablution in islam?

At the time of the Fajr prayer the Prophet asked Bilal,

“Tell me of the best deed you did after embracing Islam, for I heard your footsteps in front of me in Paradise.”

Bilal replied:

“I did not do anything worth mentioning except that whenever I performed ablution during the day or night, I prayed after that ablution as much as I can perform.” (Bukhari, Tahajjud, 17)

Being ritually pure all the time and performing prayers after having a ritual ablution are very important steps on the way to reach the state of ihsan. Only those who strive and endeavor can be successful in achieving this goal. This state becomes a reason for the forgiveness of the sins. After Uthman (r.a.) performed the ritual ablution to teach the people, he said that:

“I saw the Prophet (pbuh) perform his ritual ablution like this. After finishing his ritual ablution, he (pbuh) said,

“If anyone performs ablution like that of mine and offers a two-rak’at prayer during which he does not think of anything else (not related to the present prayer) then his past sins will be forgiven.” (Bukhari, Wudu, 24)

Source: An Excellent Exemplar, Osman Nuri Topbaş,  Erkam Publications

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