The following is an email that I received from brother Mahir; may Allah Almighty always be pleased with him.
To: osama abdallah <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: The Scientific Wisdome Behind Ablution / Wudo (Prevents cancer Etc)
Date: Sun, 23 Mar 2008 21:07:21 +0100
alaikum Wa rahmatu allah wa barakatuh dear brother Osama Abdallah, i found a
VERY interesting article that will blow your mind, this is AWESOME!
The Preventive and Healing Wonders of Ablution
does he say (aught) of (his own) Desire. It is no less than inspiration sent
down to him? (Chapter 53, Verse 3 & 4).
centuries ago, our Prophet(peace and
blessings be upon him), gave us a prescription of 26 washing movements to be
carried out 5 times a day, a total of 130 daily washing movements, to
grant us optimum health.
who believe! when ye prepare for prayer, wash your faces, and your hands
(and arms) to the elbows; Rub your heads (with water); and (wash) your feet
to the ankles. If ye are in a state of ceremonial impurity, bathe your whole
body. But if ye are ill, or on a journey, or one of you cometh from offices
of nature, or ye have been in contact with women, and ye find no water, then
take for yourselves clean sand or earth, and rub therewith your faces and
hands, Allah doth not wish to place you in a difficulty, but to make you
clean, and to complete his favor to you, that ye may be grateful.?
(Chapter 5, Verse 6)
Muslim performs his prayers, he carries out the ablution movements mentioned
in the above verse as well as others, which the Prophet (peace and blessings
of Allah be upon him) has shown us.
ablution comprises of washing the hands, arms right up to the elbow, face,
mouth, nostrils, and feet up the ankle, all three times each. The inside and
behind the ears, as well as the part of the head above the forehead is wiped
once. Done five times a day, it not only cleanses these vital parts of the
body from dust and dirt but also "softens" and refreshes them. [Health and
Fitness In Islam, Halal.com]
Interestingly enough, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)
also encouraged doing ablution
before going to bed. This same ritual is also encouraged by Yoga experts who
say that washing important motor and sensory organs such as the hands, arms,
eyes, legs, mouth and genitals before sleep using cool water relaxes the
body preparing it for a deep sleep. [Avadhuta, Vedprajinananda, Yoga
Stimulating the Biological Rhythms
article titled ?Muslims Rituals and their Effect on the Person?s Health?,
Dr. Magomed Magomedov, assistant to the department of the Man?s General
Hygiene and Ecology in the Daghestan State Medical Academy, speaks about how
ablution stimulates the biological
rhythms of the body and specifically Biological Active Spots (BASes),
very much like the idea behind Chinese reflexotherapy. Presently we know
that a man is a complex system of electromagnetic fields, meridians,
biological rhythms and so on. Man?s internal organs, in their turn, present
a no less sophisticated bioenergetical whole; they all have indissoluble
multi-channel bilateral connections with the skin, which hosts special
spots, whose functions resemble those of buttons on ?control? and ? recharge
boards? responsible for particular organs. These spots are called
biologically active spots (BASes). [Magomedov, Magomed, Muslim Rituals &
their effect on the person?s health]
pointing out to the similarities between ablution and the science of Chinese
reflexology in his fascinating article, Dr. Magomedov also states the main
different points. To become a doctor in reflexology, he says,
one has to take a 15 to 20 year
course of study, incomparable with the simple learning techniques of
comparison, reflexotherapy was primarily used to cure diseases and very
rarely for prevention, while, as we shall see, ablution has many preventive
benefits. There was also a negative side to reflexotherapy, he says, one
that is not found in ablution; a patient was exposed to traumas since
doctors used cauterisation.
majority of the most powerful BASes are being washed during the Muslim
ritual. It is not the doctor, who
had studied for many years, who does it, but every Muslim by himself.
Besides, praying five times a day obliges a Muslim to take the preventive
measures against diseases beforehand.?[Magomedov, Magomed, Muslim
Rituals & their effect on the person?s health]
to Dr. Magomedov, Chinese medicine says that there are more than 700 BASes,
and sixty-six of them have quick reflex therapy effects and are named the
drastic (or aggression or antique or prime-elements) spots.
Out of these sixty-six spots,
sixty-one of them are located in zones required for ablution while the other
five are located between the ankle and knee.
Thus, ablution becomes a kind of
treatment complex, which includes the hydromassage of the BAS, their thermal
and physical stimulation.[Magomedov, Magomed, Muslim Rituals & their
effect on the person?s health]
The BASes in the face (which are
washed during ablution) ?recharge? such organs as the intestines,
stomach and bladder, in addition to having a positive effect on the nervous
and reproductive systems, says Dr. Magomedov in his findings, adding that
the BAS responsible for the osseous system, intestine, nervous system,
lumbar area, stomach, pancreas, gall-bladder, thyroid gland, solar plexus
and others are situated on the right leg, another area reached by ablution.
The left leg has the BAS responsible
for the work of the pituitary gland, the brain organ that regulates the
functioning of the endocrine glands and controls growing. In the ear?s
cochlea are hundreds of BASes that ?harmonize the work of almost all organs,
decrease high blood pressure and relieve tooth and throat pain.? Ear
ablution is considered Sunna (Prophetic tradition). Another aspect that Dr.
Magomedov stresses on is that Prophetic tradition emphasized the importance
of massaging and applying pressure during ablution, which is something that
has a scientifically-grounded explanation.
Magomedov said that his studies were triggered by his solemn belief that the
five-time-a-day Muslim prayers were bound to have not only an
?indisputable spiritual effect? but
were also bound to ?have a purely physical healing effect as well.?
non-alternative medicine perspective, Mukhtar Salem, in his book titled
?Prayers: a Sport for the Body and Soul?, speaks about the
health benefits of every aspect of
ablution. He does not speak about the BASes in one?s body, but
nevertheless, he describes the preventive benefits of ablution.
Ablution, he says, helps prevent
skin cancer. This is his explanation: the areas that are washed
during ablution are the parts of the body that are most prone to be exposed
to pollution, whether it is pollution from the internal secretions of the
body on to the skin surface, such as sweat, or whether it is external.
Ablution, removes this ?pollution? five times a day, and hence maintains a
clean outside layer of skin, which in turn helps the cells underneath to
washing with water helps invigorate the ends of the blood vessels, as well
as the nerves and glands that are near the skin surface, and hence helps
them perform their functions efficiently.[Salem, Mukhtar, Prayers: A sport
for the soul and body, CAIRO, The Arab Modern Center (1990), pg. 52.]
that research has proven that one of the main reasons behind skin cancer is
that the skin is exposed to chemicals, especially petrochemicals, and that
the best way to prevent skin cancer is by constantly removing these
The obvious reason behind washing
the mouth during ablution, Salem says,
is to remove the food particles,
which could cause teeth and gum problems. That is also one of the reasons
why siwak (brushing one?s teeth) is also encouraged before ablution.
When washing one?s nostrils, one is
also performing a preventive health measure as the germs trapped in the
nostrils are removed and do not pass on to the respiratory system.
to a study conducted by a team of doctors in Alexandria University, the
Prophetic tradition, which urges the exaggeration of washing the nostrils by
introducing the water in the nostril then blowing it out, positively affects
the inner coating of the nostrils. Those who carried out the washing in the
correct form had clean, shiny nostrils with no dust clinging to the small
hair inside. However, those who did not perform ablution had light colored,
greasy nostrils and their nostril hairs fell off easily.
Repeated washing of the face
invigorates the facial skin cells and helps prevent early wrinkles as well
as having a cleansing effect on the inside of the eyes, which prevents eye
infections, says Salem.
Washing the ear helps rid them from wax accumulation, which may cause ear
infections as well as affecting the inner ear, which eventually causes body
Prophetic tradition of encouraging one
to wash between the toes while
washing the feet, is also extremely important, says Salem, as it prevents
the foot, which in our modern times is trapped most of the day inside shoes,
from acquiring athlete?s foot.
he adds, ablution also has an
exercising effect on all the muscles involved in its movement, which are
thus being stimulated five times a day or even more according to repetition.
Extinguishing the Fires of Anger
tradition, with regards to ablution, is also ecologically friendly, as the
Prophet (peace be upon him) repeatedly encouraged water conservation, even
if abluting from a running river. Ibn Majah related that the Prophet
Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, ?There is a shaytan (devil) for ablution
called `walhan', meaning greedy, avoid the waste of water.?
We are also
encouraged to make ablution while being in a state of anger for the cooling
and refreshing effect of the water, as we are told that anger is from the
devil who is made out of fire and can therefore be put off by water.
there is a moral to this article, besides understanding the benefits of
ablution. One should never take things at face value, and must have strong
faith that everything that Allah prescribes has a wisdom behind it that we
may or may not know.
they say: ?We hear, and we obey: (We seek) Thy forgiveness, our Lord, and to
Thee is the end of all journeys.?? (Chapter 2, Verse 285). ?Nor does
he say (aught) of (his own) Desire. It is no less than inspiration sent down
to him? (Chapter 53, Verse 3 & 4).
And i belive you know what im going to
say now brother Osama: ALHAMDULILLAH!