Wudu (Ablution)

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Wudu (Ablution)

"Wudu involves a partial cleansing starting with an expression of intention, followed by washing of the face, hands up to the elbows, head, and feet. It may also involve washing the ears and nostrils and rinsing the mouth. This method is believed to purify the body after urination and defecation, touching the genitals, sleep, and other activities… In the absence of water, Islamic law allows for the performance of 'dry ablution' with sand or a similar substance. Only the hands and face are cleansed if this is the case. Failure to perform the proper ablution prohibits a person from performing prayer, entering a mosque, touching the Quran, or visiting the Kaaba in Mecca" (EI 6-7).

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