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Islamic Vocabulary

Starting with this issue, we will be including a new section on the Islamic vocabulary providing detailed explanation. Some of the words may not necessarily have any Islamic/Arabic origin but they have been adopted to specify the doctrines, rites, ceremonies, customs along with the other technical and theological terms presently used in the Islamic world.

Ablution: The Arabic word is wudu. The Holy Prophet described ablution as 'the half of faith and the key of prayer' and is founded on the authority of the Holy Qur'an:

"0' Believers! when ye prepare yourselves for prayer, wash your faces and hands up to the elbows, and wipe your heads and your feet to the ankles." (Quran 5:6)

The ablution need not be performed before each of the five stated periods of prayer, when the person is conscious of having avoided every kind of impurity since the last performance of the ablution.

The private parts of the body must also be purified when necessary. When water cannot be procured, or would be injurious to health, the ablution may he performed with clean dust or sand. This ceremony is called Tayammum.




The Islamic Bulletin
P.O. Box 410186, San Francisco, CA 94141-0186

April 1991
Shawwal 1411
Eid Prayers
Letters to the Editor
Islamic World News
Qur'an and Science
The Kid's Corner
Cook's Corner
Islamic Vocabulary
Women in Islam
Islamic Dietary Laws
Teachings of the Prophet
Why I Embraced Islam
Eid Prayers and Zakat
The Prophet Hud
Stories of the Sahabah