Before, During and After Making Wudhu
“(I commence Wudhu), in the name of Allah the Great and all praise be to Allah (for keeping me faithful) in the Deen (religion) of Islam.”
“O Allah, forgive my sins and grant me abundance in my home and blessings in my livelihood.”
“O Allah, make me of the repenters and make me of the purified.”
Wudhu is the ritual purification that Muslims undertake before performing salah. The state of ritual purity achieved through wudhu technically lasts all day, but it is recommended that a Muslim perform wudhu before each prayer as the state of ritual purity is lost after a person goes to the bathroom, passes gas, bleeds heavily, falls asleep or takes part in a number of other parts of daily life.
Muslims performing wudhu do not just wash their hands. They also wash the inside of their mouth, the inside of their nose, their face, both arms, their ears, their feet and slide their wet hands over their hair. The traditional order for wudhu is: wash the hands three times, right then left; clean the mouth three times; clean the nose three times, wash the face; wash the arms three times, right then left; wipe the hair; clean the ears; wash the feet three times, right then left. As Islam originated in areas where water is scarce, a Muslim can perform wudhu with dust instead of water, though this option is rarely used today.