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Green Deen by Keith Ellison, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin

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Chapter 11The Wonderful World of Wudu

Muslims have a special relationship with water. It is one of the great signs (ayat) of God in nature, and it has been mentioned specifically in the verses of the Qur’an. Water is indeed a sign of Allah that is everywhere in one of its many forms. For everyday Muslims, water is nothing more than an expression of the covenant, or trust, (amana) we have with God, for with it we ritually purify ourselves to begin each act of worship. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said that “cleanliness is half of faith.”

For Muslims, cleanliness begins with the practice of bathing and ablution, or wudu, the ritual cleansing before each prayer. We make wudu every day, sometimes five times a day. Water is essential ...

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