Wazoo (ablution) is washing of various parts of the body before Islamic prayers (Salah/ Namaz). It is called as Ablution in English. It is an obligation before each Islamic prayer. Here I am only mentioning health benefits of performing Wazoo.
Wazoo (Ablution) with water where one washes his hands, face and feet region leads to preventing germs from the body thus promotes good health. It stimulates biological active spots similar to Chinese Reflexo-Therapy, which has beneficial therapeutic effects on the hands, face and feet region. It also helps to relax the nervous system and eases tension, stress and anxiety.
Washing hands for five times a day (excluding washing before & after dietary intake) before Islamic prayer is an effective way to keep germs away from the body specially hand washing is an efficient way to prevent spread of germs. Also gargling during ablution (Wazoo) is very important as it helps to remove germs, allergens and dust particles, doing gargle with plain water reduces the chances of common cold to a greater extent thereby contribute to health and hygiene and also reduces viral respiratory infections thus results in reduction of bad breath too.
Nose cleansing during Wazoo removes dusts, allergens and contaminated matter. Nose cleaning with plain water helps to minimize the infections such as flu, sinusitis, cold and chest infections and overcomes nasal congestion and clear sticky matter in the nose thus helps to treat allergic rhinitis, good for nasal dryness and improves breathing.
Face washing during ablution is very beneficial for refreshing as well as improving the facial complexion, reduces the impact of oily skin and retards the growth of acne, pimples, wrinkles and other facial spots.
Ears cleaning during ablution are quite effective to prevent wax accumulation. Cleaning ear with wet fingers five times a day is also good to remove dust and germs from the outer region of the ears.
Washing the feet & hands during ablution (wazoo) helps to cleaning dirt, fungus. It also acts like as acupressure while fingers are passing through the bottom area of the toes. Rubbing the toes with fingers is also good in case of diabetes and removing pain from the body. As lots of acupressure points are present in the upper and lower parts of toe regions and pressing these during ablution is helpful in curing of pain like back pain, arthritis, joints pain, etc.
Narrated by Sa'ib Bin Yazid رضي الله عنه: My maternal aunt took me to Nabi ﷺ and said: 'O Rasoolullah ﷺ! Indeed my nephew is in pain. So He ﷺ wiped over my head and supplicated for blessings for me. And He ﷺ performed Wazoo and I drank from the water of His Wazoo. Then I stood behind His back and I looked at the seal between His two shoulder blades and it resembled the egg of a partridge.
[Tirmizi: 4004; Book. 49; English vol. 1, Book. 46, Hadees. 3643]
There are 5 obligatory (farz) Islamic prayers in a day, if offered according to Sunnah & on correct time gives outstanding health benefits. It is said in Hadees that the account of Islamic prayers will be taken first in hereafter (Qiyamah) who will be perfect in Islamic prayers accounting on the day of hereafter, will be perfect in all other accounts.
It is also said in Hadees that the Islamic prayer curses the person who do not offer the Islamic prayers properly, also the Islamic prayer supplicates the person who offers the Islamic prayers properly on time & according to Sunnah.
So we should offer Islamic prayer properly & according to Sunnah so that we get benefitted by it in this world & hereafter also.
Offering Islamic prayers (Salah) has many benefits such as spiritual, religious, physical, mental, social, economical etc. It is one of the five fundamental requirements that a Muslim is obligated to perform. And it is given the highest priority in the Holy Quran. There are many benefits of Salah described in Quran. It says, إن الصلوٰة تنهي عن الفحشاء, Surely Prayer restrains one from indecency.
[Surah Ankaboot: 45]
In chapter Luqman, We read that when Hazrat Luqman عليه السلام was giving advice to his son, the first and foremost on his mind was to remind his son, يَا بُنِيَّ اَقِمِ الصَّلوٰةَ O my dear son! Observe Prayer."
[Surah Luqman: 17]
According to a Hadees the Nabi ﷺ said that, اِنَّ فِي الصَّلوٰةِ شِفَاء verily there is cure in Salah. According to a Muslim scholar, as reported in monthly Urdu magazine, Tahazibul Akhlaq, Aligarh, India, a Muslim who offers Salah regularly has very little chance of getting arthritis as we exercise our bones and joints while we offer Salah.
1. Nabi ﷺ said: “The first thing that Allah made obligatory upon my Ummah was the five prayers; and the first thing from their acts of worship that shall be taken up will be the five prayers; and the first thing that they will be questioned about will be the five prayers.”
[Kanzul Ummal, Vol. 7, Hadees. 18859]
2. Nabi ﷺ said: “The prayer of a person is (in reality) a light in heart, so whoever desires, can illuminate the heart (by means of prayers).”
[Kanzul Ummal, Vol. 7, Hadees. 18973]
3. Nabi ﷺ said: “Whenever the time of each prayer arrives, an Angel announces to the people: O’ People stand up and extinguish, with prayers, the fire which you have set alight for yourselves.”
[Biharul Anwar, Vol: 82, Page: 209]
4. Nabi ﷺ said: “The example of the five (daily) prayers is like that of a clear-water river flowing in front of your houses in which a person washes himself five times a day – cleansing him from all dirt.”
[Kanzul Ummal, Vol: 7, Hadees: 18931]
5. Nabi ﷺ states that Allah, The Exalted has said: “I have made the five prayers obligatory upon your Ummah and have made a covenant with Myself that one who maintains their prayers with respect to their timings, I shall place him in Paradise. As for the one, who does not maintain the timings, I have no covenant (with them).”
[Kanzul Ummal, Vol: 7, Hadees. 18872]
6. Nabi ﷺ said: “The most beloved of deeds in the eyes of Allah are: offering prayers at the stipulated times; (then) goodness and kindness towards parents; (and then) Jihad in the way of Allah.”
[Kanzul Ummal, Vol: 7, Hadees. 18897]
7. Nabi ﷺ said: Do not destroy your prayers for verily one who destroys his prayers shall be resurrected in the company of Qarun, Haman and Firawn.
[Biharul Anwar, Vol: 82, Page: 202]
In the light of Hadees we shall endeavor to describe some orthopedic benefits of Salah in this short note.
Regular exercise reduces cholesterol in the body. Cholesterol causes heart failures, strokes, coronary artery disease, diabetes and many other ailments. It is a known fact that people in professions where exercise is required have less amount of cholesterol in their bodies.
Islamic prayer Salah is an excellent form of exercise to prevent indigestion. In the morning when stomach is empty, a Muslim is required to offer fewer number of Rak'aat whereas in the evening after the dinner we offer an extra number of Rak'aat. By offering Takbir at the beginning of Salah, we move hand and shoulder muscles thereby increasing the flow of blood towards torso. Akamat performs a similar function.
The most important function in Islamic prayer Salah is sajdah where we touch the ground with our forehead. This posture increases fresh supply of blood to our brain. Needless to say in certain forms of yoga some adherents stand on their heads (shirsh asan) for the same purpose.
In tashah'hud position (see the pic above) our hip, elbow, knee joints, backbone, wrist joints move in a way that it provides a form of relaxation to our entire body. Pressure is applied on the body parts as if it was a kind of massage which releases tension.
Heart is the most important organ of the body. It supplies fresh blood to all body tissues. These body movements performed during Islamic prayer Salah are an excellent source of exercise for our heart as well. According to a Hadees, Holy Prophet ﷺ said: There is an organ in the body, when it is healthy, the whole body is healthy and when this is sick, the entire body becomes sick". It is the heart.
Narrated by An-Nu'man Bin Bashir رضي الله عنه that he heard from Nabi ﷺ say, Beware! There is a piece of flesh in the body if it becomes good (reformed) the whole body becomes good but if it gets spoilt the whole body gets spoilt and that is the heart (الْقَلْبُ).
[Bukhari: 52; Book. 2; English vol. 1; Book. 2; Hadees. 50]
(This is a part of a long Hadees).
Remarkable tissues in our body are cartilages. They are unique living tissues with no direct blood supply. The only way it receives nutrients and oxygen is by movements of the joints. The pumping effect forces blood into the joint area which would otherwise be bypassed. Those who sit at the terminals are in greater danger of ending up with dead cartilage tissues that will subsequently wear away. This will leave us with arthritis, painful joints and paralysis. Bacteria and viruses find safe place in joints for this reason as no blood cell can get at them and in most cases neither can antibodies. Islamic prayer Salah therefore, has many orthopedic benefits for all Muslims. Next time you offer Salah, thank Almighty Allah that He made you a Muslim. Indeed, there is cure in Salah.
There is great correlation between Islamic prayer (Salah/Namaz) and Yoga. Yoga rejuvenates the mechanism of body and mind. Yoga therapy is a refreshing process as well as a cost-effective solution; try to find out the very root cause of diseases. It helps to restore harmony among various components of lifestyle- physical, social, emotional, spiritual, mental and psychological. The basic concept of Yoga is to relish and cherish the life with exhilarating excitement. The system provides psychological and emotional well-being. Being drugless therapies, it enhances sustainable and functional ability of the body. The same case is also with Islamic prayer (Salah/Namaz). Islamic prayer (Salah/Namaz) is certainly a substitute of stress and diseases free personality.
Islamic prayer (Salah/Namaz) is one of the best forms of meditation or Dhyan from Yogic point of view where the person unilaterally surrenders to Allah Ta’ala. Meditation is defined as the uninterrupted flow of mind towards a particular object. It is one of the best stress and tension reliever. And is the perfect example of meditation where the performer thinks only and only about Allah Ta’ala. Thus, It provides the ultimate satisfaction and peace to the mind thus save you from many diseases and disorders.
Islamic prayer (Salah/Namaz) is one of the important means for health, happiness and harmony. It offers regular fitness and health by burning extra calories resulting in losing of weight thus controls obesity. The muscles get stretched and help to provide tone of muscles and also the stretching helps in eliminating the toxin stored in the muscles tissues thus improving their functions & movements. Also the metabolism of the body increases, it is also good for arthritis and enhances flexibility of the joints and reduces stiffness. It is a good source to balance anabolic and catabolic bio-chemical process of the body & good for heart, brain & the entire body.
Painful joints can be cured by means of it (Salah). When we stand the body becomes weak, however when we lift our hands naturally we gain strength. Everybody knows for the body to be in a healthy state the backbone needs to be in good condition. Islamic prayer Salah gives all the parts of the body strength and it cures the pains in the joints.
Many cardiologists, after research, have come up with the conclusion the illnesses of the heart are reduced when Islamic prayer Salah is offered.
The prayer begins with one stands and this has many benefits; one being that the body gains peace as the Quran is being recited. The recitation has a healing effect on the body. It has been suggested by research that the healing is due to the effect of the Arabic sounds.
"And we have sent the Quran that which is a healing and a mercy to the believers; and it adds loss only to the unjust."
[Chapter 17 verse no. 82]
Muslim researchers have shown that when Muslims recite the Quran; old thoughts, feelings, fears and guilt are released or healed. Virtually all of the sounds of the Arabic language are uttered while reciting Quran, creating a balance in all affected areas of the body. Standing posture in Islamic prayer (Salah/Namaz) (Qiya’m) ensures proper blood flow to the lower portion of the body. It is also good in strengthening the leg muscles.
The Takbir (Allahu Akbar) and Qiya’m (standing) together are found to improve posture, balance and self-awareness. This position also normalizes blood pressure and breathing, thus providing many benefits to asthma and heart patients due to peace physically and mentally.
The forward bending position of Islamic prayer (Salah/Namaz) (Ruk’u) is good for your lower vertebral column. It helps to ease your back pain as per Yogic philosophy. Doing Ruk’u properly helps to control backache and vertebral column related diseases. Ruk’u is effective in developing flexibility to shoulder, elbow & wrist, knees and ankle regions. Ruk’u exerts abdominal pressure thereby eases constipation and peristaltic movements. During Ruk’u, the kidney experiences a sort of massage thus helpful to kidney problems.
The principal of a medical college, Doctor Muhammed Nawaz said, a surgeon came to me with his wife saying that she has pain in her back and knees, has taken much medication, but no cure.
Doctor Nawaz asked, "Do you offer Islamic prayers?" He replied, "Yes, 5 times a day." Doctor Nawaz said, "You do not perform Ruk’u and Sajdah properly." He showed him the Sunnah method. Sometime after observing the Sunnah correctly his wife got healed.
We all know that back problems are painful and restrict the daily activity of an individual. Ruk’u saves a person from getting a kidney stone and if one has stones, they will come out shortly. In Ruk’u the circulation of blood works well, benefitting the eyes and mind.
Ruk’u stretches the muscles of the lower back, thighs, legs and calves and allows blood to be pumped in the upper torso. It tones the muscles of the stomach, abdomen and kidneys. Forming a right angle allows the stomach muscles to develop.
This position also promotes a greater flow of blood into the upper regions of body particularly to the head, eyes, ears, nose brain and lungs to be released. Over time this improves brain function and ones personality and is an excellent stance to maintain the proper position of the feotus in pregnant women.
When coming up from Ruk’u we place the hands on the thighs which strengthen the spinal cord and create flexibility.
During Sajdah, one is in Vajrasana, a very important yoga pose from health point of view. It strengthens the thigh and calf muscles. It is good for digestion and keeps your spine firm and erect. Sajdah is very beneficial in the proper functioning of brain, lungs, body muscles, joints and entire vertebral column.
By performing Sajdah blood reaches the upper body with less pressure on the heart as a person is stood up the heart has to try and pump the blood to the brain, however, when in prostration the blood reaches the brain without much effort.
Sajdah helps in blood supply to increase in the brain region and also stimulates the master gland pituitary gland as well as the pineal gland. Sajdah reduces the chances of brain hemorrhage and headache due to smooth blood flow to the head region. While performing Sajdah, the toes are experiencing acupressure which is good for better health of the body, especially for body pains.
Offering Sajdah (prostration) in a relaxed pace is beneficial for internal organs. Prostration in the Sunnah way benefits the stomach making it muscular. The Sunnah way will relieve any problems with liver, kidney, back or stomach. When in the position of prostration the blood reaches the head effortlessly. In no other position in Salah does the blood reach the head sooner than in prostration. The blood goes to the eyes, brain and other parts of the head and nerves with which the intellect and the eyes become sharp.
Also the head gets earthing in Sajdah because the forehead is placed on the earth & the residue electricity of the brain gets out of the brain (our brain creates its own electricity) to the earth, likewise the electrical appliances like iron, machines etc get earthing due to a wire system which collects the residue electricity & gives the electricity to the earth.
Shaikh Naqshbandi states; "A person who offers Salah will have an illuminous face due to the fact that in prostration blood flows to the face." This is why in the tradition it states "those who pray Salah, their face will enlighten as the pious." Shaikh Naqshbandi also states that once he met a doctor who said, "If women found out the fact that to go into prostration creates beauty in the face, they would not lift their heads from prostration."
Lengthy prostrations with humbleness and sincerity are beneficial to cure illnesses of the brain as the blood reaches the brain without effort. As the blood reaches the upper part of the body, such as the eyes, face and teeth-making the wrinkles disappear from the cheeks. A person does not look old and gets such ability making the muscles strong. If the prostration is done according to the Sunnah then one will not suffer from problems with block nose, hearing and headaches.
The position of Qaida (or juloos) is similar to the thunderbolt position in yoga, which firms the toes, knees, thighs and legs. It is said to be good for those prone to excessive sleep and those who like to keep long hours. Furthermore, this position helps in speedy digestion, aids in detoxification of the liver and stimulates peristaltic action in the small intestine.
To complete the Islamic prayer (Salah) one will turn the head to the right and then left. The throat is activated by turning the head towards the right and then to the left shoulder to end the Islamic prayer. The nerve path linked to the throat, neck, arms, hands, bronchial (lung area), hearing, creativity and communication improves much. Another benefit is that the chest gets strengthen and the collar bone is tightened. One should remember this can only benefit when we offer the Islamic prayer Salah correctly with sincerity. It is believed that a person who activates all nerve pathways at least once a day can remain well-balanced emotionally, physically and spiritually. Since this is the goal of all sincere Muslims we should all strive to attain the perfection of stance, recitation and breathing recommended in a Hadees while performing our prayers.
Salam is the excellent form of neck and upper vertebra exercise. It is the Griva-sakti-vikasaka (Strengthening the Neck) of Yogic Sukshma Vyayama, which is helpful in loosening the neck joints and also helps to relax the shoulder and upper back muscles. Salam helps to refresh all the nerves passes through the neck, thus good in case of headache and contend migraine.
When the hands are held open near the heart region for supplication (Dua), this activates the heart, which is the centre (region) of feelings, harmony and peace. It also governs the health of the heart, lungs, thymus, immune system and circulatory system.
Fajr is the first Islamic prayer of the day, it is at early morning. Benefit of the first prayer (Fajr) of the day. If a person wakes up without washing the face and has his breakfast then the bacteria gathered in the mouth throughout the night will go down the stomach and produce diseases, stomach bloating, inflammation and ulcers.
Zuhr is the second Islamic prayer of the day. It is called to be prayed in afternoon. A person works at home or goes to work due to which pressure and stress starts building up, but the Zuhr prayer calms us down, relieving stress.
Asr is the third Islamic prayer of the day, It is to be offered at evening before sunset. At the time of Asr the speed of the rotation of the earth, reduces, having an effect on the 5 senses. At this time a person begins to consider the affairs of the evening and hurries to complete his work of the day, meaning at this time the stress is building up which has an effect on the body. Offering the Asr prayer gives more energy to the individual.
Maghrib is the fourth Islamic prayer of the day; it is to be prayed just after sunset. A person thanks his creator through actions for the sustenance, He, the exalter, provides. The work carried out through the day has supported him with his family and children. When one has an urge to thank Allah Ta’ala, one will sit with his partner with them with peace and affection. Children by nature copy the actions of the parents promptly. Basically if the prayer is offered at its prescribed time then the children will be inclined to be obedient towards their parents as it is the prayer that makes a person humble. The prayer will become a habit for the child to listen to the parents. However, if a child has been given nothing except things that morally corrupt his mind then he will naturally disobey his parents.
Isha is the fifth & the last obligatory Islamic prayer; it is to be prayed at night. A person by nature desires at all times. When one comes home from work, they will eat to their full to quench their desire. Now when that person lies down on a full stomach there is a fear of many illnesses and the mind will not be at peace. But to offer Isha prayer before sleeping, the person will find peace and the tiredness will disappear, they will sleep better because during prayer they have exercised and hence, the food will be better digested.
During the month of Ramzaan additional prayers are performed after Salahtul Isha called Taraweeh prayers; 20 units (Rak’aat) with a few minutes break after every 4 units for extolling the majesty Allah.
After breaking the fast the blood glucose level continues to rise from the food ingested. During fasting the blood glucose and insulin levels are at their lowest level especially at the end of fasting. After an hour or so after the Iftaar meal (breaking the fast), the blood glucose begins to rise and also plasma insulin. Liver and the muscles take up the circulating glucose. The blood sugar reaches high levels in an hour or two and the benefits of Taraweeh prayer comes into effect. The circulating glucose is metabolized into carbon dioxide and water during the Taraweeh prayers. Hence the Taraweeh prayers help in expending the extra calories and improve flexibility, coordination, reduce stress-related autonomic responses in healthy persons and relieve anxiety and depression.
Tahajjud prayer (Salah).
Tahajjud (تهجد), also known as the “Night Prayer” is a voluntary prayer, performed by followers of Islam. It is not one of the five obligatory prayers required of all Muslims, yet still, the Islamic prophet, Muhammad ﷺ has been recorded as performing the tahajjud prayer regularly and encouraging his companions to offer it to Allah for its many rewards and benefits and a way to purify the soul, enabling it to approach the Realm of Allah. Tahajjud may be performed in the early part of the night, the middle part of the night, or the later part of the night, but after the obligatory Isha Prayer (night Prayer).
Commenting on this subject, Ibn Hajar says:
There was no specific time in which the Prophet ﷺ would perform his late night Prayer; but he used to do whatever was easiest for him.
Tahajjud Prayer does not entail a specific number of rak`ahs that must be performed, nor is there any maximum limit that may be performed. It would be fulfilled even if one prayed just one rak`ah of Witr after `Isha'; however, it is traditionally prayed with at least two rak'at which is known as shif'a followed by witr as this is what Muhammad ﷺ did.
Abdullah Ibn Umar narrated that Muhammad ﷺ said: Salatul Layl (Night Prayer, i.e. Tahajjud) is offered as two rak'at followed by two rak'at and (so on) and if anyone is afraid of the approaching dawn (Fajr prayer) he should pray one rak'at and this will be a Witr for all the rak'at which he has prayed before.
[Bukhari: 990; Book. 14; English vol. 2; Book. 16; Hadees. 105]
Allah Ta’ala ordered Nabi ﷺ to perform Tahajjud in Quran: -
Translation: “And from [part of] the night, pray with it as additional (worship) for you; it is expected that your Lord will resurrect you to a praised station.”
[Surah Bani Israaeel: 79]
This order, although it was specifically directed to Muhammad ﷺ, also refers to all Muslims, since Muhammad ﷺ is to be the perfect example and guide for them in all matters.
Moreover, performing Tahajjud prayers regularly qualifies one as one of the righteous and helps one earn Allah's bounty and mercy. In praising those who perform the late night prayers, Allah says what means:
Translation: “And those who spend [part of] the night to their Lord prostrating and standing (in prayer).”
[Surah Furqan verse no. 64]
1. Narrated by A’isha رضي الله عنها that Nabi ﷺ used to offer thirteen rak`at of the night prayer and that included the witr and two Rakat (Sunnah) of the Fajr prayer.
[Bukhari: 1140; Book. 19; English vol. 2; Book. 21; Hadees. 241]
Tahajjud prayer is called as shalatullail or night prayer. That is the Sunnah prayer offered at night after awaking from sleep. Lail Prayer is Muakad Sunna or Sunnah prayers which are highly recommended because the Sunnah is rewarded. Tahajjud prayer is also called as Muakad because it is a direct command from Allah in Quran. In particular this means, Allah commanded that the prayer is the secret behind the secret, there is a tremendous benefit for people who are strong to do it.
The people who wake up at nights and perform ablution (wazoo) and offer tahajjud prayer and do Sajda (prostration) by which the blood smoothly flows to the brain. This blood is fresh or blood and very useful for brain health.
It is clear to us is that every command of Allah in the Holy Quran or the Hadees of Nabi are full of benefits and wisdom in it.
The Dua made at tahajjud is like an arrow that does not miss its target. Imaam Shaafa’ee u. It is the way of getting your Dua's accepted, a way of getting your sins forgiven, by performing it, it will bring light to your face and soul, it helps you fight your desires thus makes you closer to Allah. It builds the love of the Hereafter in your heart. Also softens the heart and humbles you in front of Allah. It strengthens the Qur’an that you have memorized.