Why Do Muslims Wash Before They Pray?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 27, 2020 4:57:51 AM ET
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The purpose behind the ritualized washing, known as Wudu', or ablutions, is to cleanse the body prior to presenting oneself for worship or prayer. At the time of Islam's inception, the concept of hygiene was relatively foreign in most parts of the world, which made the Wudu' unique among most cultures.