1. The siwaak
It is reported by Abu Hurayrah that prophet sallallahu alaihi wasalam said, “Were it not that I fear to burden the people, I would have ordered the to use the siwaak every time they make ablution.”
We need reminders again and again. Why not we try to take up this sunaah. Even brushing your teeth normally would count insya Allah.
2. Saying Bismillah
There are different opinions on saying Bismillah by the scholars whether it is Obligatory or mustahaab.
Based on the evidence given, we take the opinion that saying Bismillah is mustahab. However it does not mean that we omit it from our wudhu’ ritual rather we have in our mind to rush for ajr, Insya Allah.
3. Washing the hands three times at the start of the ablution
Uthman in which he demonstrated how the Prophet salllahu alaihi wasalam used to make ablution and he washed his hands three times.
4. Beginning from the right side.
Aishah radialllahu anha said, “Allah’s Messenger sallallahu alaihi wasalam used to love starting with the right side when wearing his shoes, combing his hair, making ablution, and in all his affairs.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
It is also reported in the hadith of Uthman bin Affan in which he demonstrated the ablution of the prophet sallalalhu alahi wasalam that he began with the right side and then the left.
5. Rubbing the limbs with water.
It is reported in a hadith by Abdullah ibn Zayd that the prophet salllahu alaihi wasalam was brought a pot of two=thirds full of water with hwich he made ablution, rubbing his arms as he did so. (Ibn Khuzaymah)
6. Repeating washing three times.
Uthman radiallalhu anhu in which he said that the Prophet sallalalhu alaihi wasalam made ablution, repeating each washing three times. It is also authentically reported that he did so, performing each washing once and also twice.”
7. Use little water.
We have covered this in previous lesson. HERE.
8. Supplication after ablution
We have done this before. but this is an excellent reminder for us to continuously do it and become part of our habit.
9. Praying two rakaah after ablution
We have done this before as well. We definitely need a good nudge to remind us.
The Book of Purification (Kitab Al-Taharah) Muslim :: Book 2 : Hadith 451
‘Uqba b. ‘Amir reported: We were entrusted with the task of tending the camels. On my turn when I came back in the evening after grazing them in the pastures, I found Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) stand and address the people. I heard these words of his: If any Muslim performs ablution well, then stands and prays two rak’ahs setting about them with his heart as well as his face, Paradise would be guaranteed to him.
And also this hadith that Prophet Muhammad sallahu alaihi wasalam heard Bilal’s footsteps in paradise Abu Hurairah Radiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that once Nabi Sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam asked Bilal (Radiyallahu ‘anhu) at Fajr Salat: O Bilal! Tell me that deed of yours which is most hopeful (for reward) after embracing Islam, for I heard your footsteps in front of me in Paradise (in my dream). Bilal (Radiyallahu ‘anhu) replied:I have not done anything extroadinary except that whenever I perform Wudu during the day or night, I Salat (Tahiyatul-Wudu) after that, as much as was written or granted for me.(Bukhari)