When a Muslim cleanses his body before
the obligatory prayers five times a day, he prays
as he washes his face, and rinses his mouth
and cleans his nose
asking that he be cleansed, so he can smell
the scent of his spirit.

I would just say, “My Lord, please wash my sins.
My hands have washed this part and that part,
but these hands do not know how to wash my spirit.
I can wash the skin of my arms and face,
but YOU, my Lord,

You alone can wash me and detox me..

April 2nd 2016.

About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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4 Responses to Ablutions

  1. Indeed zakiah ,the rituals can be only formal if they are not accompanied of a intense dialogue with the LORD.
    Love ❤

  2. That’s beautiful!

    And to do this this many times a day, it must provide a constant reminder to reflect about your life?

  3. I learn so much about your faith from you.

  4. Michel said what I was thinking…we must bare our heart, soul, and mind for him to cleanse. Only he can cleanse us completely.

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