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"Wudu." In The Oxford Dictionary of Islam. Ed. John L. Esposito. Oxford Islamic Studies Online. May 17, 2022. <>.


"Wudu." In The Oxford Dictionary of Islam. , edited by John L. Esposito. Oxford Islamic Studies Online, (accessed May 17, 2022).


Obligatory cleansing rituals performed in order to render the believer ritually pure. Required prior to prayer for both men and women. Consists of washing the hands, mouth, face, arms up to the elbows, and feet. Water is usually poured over the top of the head as well. Among the things that defile purity are sleep, sex, menstruation, and toilet operations. Major ritual impurity (incurred by, e.g., sexual intercourse, menstruation, childbirth) necessitates a ritual bath (ghusl). In the absence of water, ablutions might be performed by rubbing one's hands against clay or sand and passing them over the face and arms (tayammum).

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