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An Etiquette of Wudhu

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Hazrat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) was so particular about those aadaab (etiquettes) which we generally consider insignificant. For example, when making wudhu, Hazrat Mufti Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) would always wash his hands from the fingertips down to the elbows and not vice versa. The Fuqahaa have written that this is mustahab and more virtuous. Similarly, he ensured that whilst washing his feet, he would wash them from the toes to the heels as the Fuqahaa have written that this is the mustahab method. When Hazrat Mufti Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) became old and sick, then too he would instruct the khuddaam (attendants) to wash his hands and feet in this manner.

When a new attendant came and tried to wash his limbs ‘incorrectly’, Hazrat Mufti Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) would immediately pull that limb away and ask, “Who are you?” This was Hazrat Mufti Saheb’s (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) way of admonishing them. (Hazrat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) – His life and works, pg. 116)

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