The Book of Ablution

And the statement of Allah:

O you who have believed, when you rise to [perform] prayer, wash your faces and your forearms to the elbows and wipe over your heads and wash your feet to the ankles. And if you are in a state of janabah, then purify yourselves. But if you are ill or on a journey or one of you comes from the place of relieving himself or you have contacted women and do not find water, then seek clean earth and wipe over your faces and hands with it. Allah does not intend to make difficulty for you, but He intends to purify you and complete His favor upon you that you may be grateful. (Quran 5:6)

Abu Abdullah said: The Prophet, peace be upon him, had made clear that it is obligatory (while performing) ablution to wash the (above mentioned) body-parts once.  And the Prophet, peace be upon him, also did perform the ablution by washing (these) parts twice and thrice, but he never washed them more than three times.

And the religious learned men disliked exceeding the limits set by the Prophet, peace be upon him, while performing ablution, and to surpass the action of the Prophet, peace be upon him.

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