Volume 1, Book 5, Number 259:
I placed water for the bath of the Prophet and he poured water with his right hand on his left and washed them. Then he washed his private parts and rubbed his hands on the ground, washed them with water, rinsed his mouth and washed his nose by putting water in it and blowing it out, washed his face and poured water on his head. He withdrew from that place and washed his feet. A piece of cloth (towel) was given to him but he did not use it.
Now that doesn’t mean using towels isn’t a good thing. It’s just that, on this specific incident, Prophet (SAW) did not wipe his face off with a towel. Maybe because it was too hot and he didn’t feel like it. Now that we have summer on the corner, we also feel like splashing water onto our faces and let it cool off our skin under the fan/AC. Might as well do the same after doing wudu/ghusl. :)
This is the last Hadith from Kitaab-ul-Wudu. I hope we’re all clear about ablution and the problems related to it. Tomorrow, we’ll begin Kitaab-ul-Ghusl inshaAllah. :)
So, what do you say before going to sleep?
اللَّهُمَّ بِاسْمِكَ أَمُوتُ وَأَحْيَا
There is a dua, which if you make it your last speech before going to sleep and you die that night, you’ll die on faith.
Narrated Al-Bara ‘bin ‘Azib:
The Prophet said to me, “Whenever you go to bed perform ablution like that for the prayer, lie on your right side and say, “Allahumma aslamtu wajhi ilaika, wa fauwadtu amri ilaika, wa alja’tu Zahri ilaika raghbatan wa rahbatan ilaika. La Malja’ wa la manja minka illa ilaika. Allahumma amantu bikitabika-l-ladhi anzalta wa bina-biyika-l ladhi arsalta” (O Allah! I surrender to You and entrust all my affairs to You and depend upon You for Your Blessings both with hope and fear of You. There is no fleeing from You, and there is no place of protection and safety except with You O Allah! I believe in Your Book (the Qur’an) which You have revealed and in Your Prophet (Muhammad) whom You have sent). Then if you die on that very night, you will die with faith (i.e. or the religion of Islam). Let the aforesaid words be your last utterance (before sleep).” I repeated it before the Prophet and when I reached “Allahumma amantu bikitabika-l-ladhi anzalta (O Allah I believe in Your Book which You have revealed).” I said, “Wa-rasulika (and your Apostle).” The Prophet said, “No, (but say): ‘Wanabiyika-l-ladhi arsalta (Your Prophet whom You have sent), instead.”
The Arabic of it:
اللَّهُمَّ أَسْلَمْتُ وجْهي إِلَيْكَ، وَفَوَّضْتُ أَمْرِي إِلَيْكَ، وَأَلْجَأْتُ ظَهْرِي إِلَيْكَ، رَغْبةً ورَهْبَةً إِلَيْكَ، لاَ مَلْجَأَ وَلاَ مَنْجَا مِنْكَ إِلاَّ إِلَيْكَ، آمَنْتُ بِكِتَابِكَ الَّذِي أَنْزَلْتَ، وَبِنَبِيِّكَ الَّذِي أَرْسَلْتَ
Make sure to memorize/say it as it is. You cannot change the words. This Hadith also shows the importance of that.
Narrated Abu Burda:
My father said, “I came to the Prophet and saw him carrying a Siwak in his hand and cleansing his teeth, saying, ‘U’ U’,” as if he was retching while the Siwak was in his mouth.”
Prophet (SAW) was very particular about his cleanliness and hygiene. He took special care of his mouth so it won’t reek. Miswak/Siwak was his best friend. He used to clean his teeth with every wudu and every chance he’d get. The implication here is that he used to clean his tongue with the Siwak as well, because germs tend to accumulate on it and cause sour mouth to stink. So he’d clean hi tongue as much as he could, going as far back as possible. So much so that the sounds u’ u’ used to come out (of the like when you’re about to vomit).
Try doing that now! :)
Narrated Abu Hazim:
Sahl bin Sa’d As-Sa’idi, was asked by the people, “With what was the wound of the Prophet treated? Sahl replied, “None remains among the people living who knows that better than I. ‘Ali used to bring water in his shield and Fatima used to wash the blood off his face. Then straw mat was burnt and the wound was filled with it.”
This wound refers to the one that Prophet (SAW) got in the battle of Uhad, when a pointy part of his helmet got stuck in his cheek and it wouldn’t stop bleeding. Finally Fatima (RA) filled it up with burnt straw mat and it dried up. It’s a very effective way to treat a wound, still practiced in some parts of the world. Some use burnt cotton or grass, cloth etc.
When inflicted with the smallest wound, remember Propeht (SAW)’s wound and his pain. You’ll forget all about yours. :)