One time the Messenger of Allah ﷺ led the morning prayer. Some minor mistakes were made whilst the chapter Romans was being recited. After finishing the prayer the Prophet turned to the congregation and said:
“Some people are coming to the prayer without ablution and this is the cause for Satan interfering in our recitation. When you come for prayer, take your ablution as carefully as you can”.
Thus purification and the taking of ablution with care before prayer is crucial for the soundness of our worship. It is also a great virtue to be always in a state of ablution to the best of one’s ability. The Messenger of Allah ﷺ liked to carry out all of his tasks while he had ablution.
According to Abu Juhaym , the Messenger of Allah ﷺ once came across someone as he was coming from the Well of Jamal. The man greeted him, but the Prophet ﷺ did not return the greeting. He ﷺ immediately went to a wall and wiped his hands and face over it to perform the tayammum (dry ablution), and then he accepted the man’s greeting of peace. (Bukhari, tayammum, 3)
With this action, the Prophet of Allah ﷺ demonstrated how it is possible for one to always be in a state of ablution. This is also an indication of how virtuous it is to take ablution before carrying out a task, even though that task is not obligatory.
In another instance, Ibn-i Abbas (RadiAllahu Anhu) narrates:
“When the Prophet of Allah ﷺ finished relieving himself he would first pour water over his hands to wash them and then he would perform tayammum with dry earth. I once asked him:
“O Messenger of Allah ﷺ, there is water available. Why did you do that?” The Prophet replied:
“How can I be sure that my spirit will not be taken back from me before I reach water?” (Ahmad, I, 288, 303; Haysami, 263).
According to another narration whenever he needed to perform the major ablution, the Prophet ﷺ would wipe his hands over the walls and do tayammum in order not to be without ablution until he could perform his major ablution. (Haysami, I, 264).
This is the scope of the material and spiritual cleanliness that the Prophet demonstrated to his community…