One non muslim friend has asked me that under the circumstance where water is not easily available, in a desert or somethin what are the options that a muslim has to perform ablution.
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one non muslim friend has asked me that under the circumstance where water is not easily available, in a desert or somethin what are the options that a muslim has to perform ablution. also i heard from a muslim friend of mine that wudhu can also be done with the dust or mud?? how true is this? and if this is true the non muslim friend of mine tells me that the dust could be impure and why using dust or mud is allowed and its guarantee to be pure??
please let me know as i am trying to convert this person and she always wants reason for everything we do in our religion
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Your Statement: .please let me know as i am trying to convert this person and she always wants reason for everything we do in our religion
Allah says in the Holy Quran: Chapter 16, Surah An-Nahl Ayat 125:
Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and excellent admonition and argue with people in the best manner. Your Lord knows best who has gone astray from His Way and who is Rightly guided.
The deen or way of life called Al-Islam is based on the Perfect Wisdom and Knowledge of the All Knowing Lord, and every single command of the All Wise Lord is abundant in common-sense and logic. Asking any type of questions in Islam to gain more knowledge, or to confirm the Truth so that ones heart is more content, or to understand and thus follow with more conviction the dictates of the deen is not only permissible, but absolutely encouraged in Islam. It is the right of the brother or sister to ask anything they wish to clarify in the deen; and it is the responsibility and duty of the good scholars to address the question asked to the best of their knowledge and ability, and in the most polite and humble manner.
What is discouraged in Islam is if one asks questions for the sake of asking, or arguing to ridicule the Truth with absolutely no intention of obeying or following when the Truth is made clear to them, etc. But if one asks questions to clarify and seek knowledge so that one may better follow the deen; such seeking of the Knowledge of Truth is absolutely encouraged in Islam
Respected Sister in Islam, if you are trying to present the Truth to your friend and invite her to the approved way of life called Al-Islam.it would only be prudence that you first invite and thoroughly convince her regarding the concepts of belief in the Absolute Oneness and Uniqueness of Allah Subhanah, the appointment of His Messengers, His Revelations, the concept of life after death, the Day of Judgment, Paradise, Hell-Fire, etc.
It is only after one has been thoroughly convinced regarding the concepts of faith and belief, when one would be able to comprehend and truly understand the wisdom and the logic behind the Laws of Shariah. To convince one who does not believe in Allah and the Last Day regarding the logic and wisdom behind every Law of Shariah is to try to explain one who has not even passed kindergarten or primary school the subjects that are learnt in college and universities!
Your Question: ..also i heard from a muslim friend of mine that wudhu can also be done with the dust or mud?? how true is this?
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 5 Surah Maidah verse 6:
6 O ye who believe! When ye prepare for prayer wash your faces and your hands (and arms) to the elbows; rub your heads (with water); and (wash) your feet to the ankles. If ye are in a state of ceremonial impurity bathe your whole body. But if ye are ill or on a journey or one of you cometh from offices of nature or ye have been in contact with women and ye find no water then take for yourselves clean sand or earth and rub therewith your faces and hands. Allah doth not wish to place you in a difficulty but to make you clean and to complete His favor to you that ye may be grateful.
It is an absolutely obligatory pre-condition for a believer who wishes to offer his prayers that he cleanse himself with water before he/she makes himself available for prayer.in the event where one is impure and has absolutely no access to water and one has to offer their prayers, to make the practice of the deen easy, the Lord in His Sublime and Infinite Mercy, has given the option for the believer to make their ablution with pure sand or earth. This process of substituting water with pure sand during ablution is known as tayammum in Islamic Jurisprudence.
Your Question: ..and if this is true the non muslim friend of mine tells me that the dust could be impure and why using dust or mud is allowed and its guarantee to be pure??
The purity of a thing in Islam is based on conviction rather than on doubts and/or suspicion. The general principle in Islam is that everything will be considered pure, unless and until one is convinced that some impurity has touched it to make it impure. Unless and until one has witnessed or specifically informed that some impurity has touched the sand or the earth, it will be considered pure and it would be lawful for one to perform their tayammum ablution with it.
If one trusts, obeys, and follows the guidance and commands of Allah and His Messenger (saws), one can be assured of never ever being misled; but if one believes, obeys and follows any other guidance, other than that of Allah and His Messenger (saws), one can be assured of being led astray.
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
Your brother and well wisher in Islam,