of dry ablution
ablution is touching the earth with the hands and wiping the face and touching the earth again and wiping the two forearms.
It is done in situations in which ritual ablution with water is not possible. A physician dealing with Muslim patients in
a Muslim community needs to know about dry ablution as an alternative that can be recommended to patients who otherwise in
ignorance could use water with consequent negative medical complications.
in which dry ablution is recommended
ablution is carried out when there is little water that must be saved for drinking and cannot be used for ablution. It is also carried out in extreme cold and disease conditions that would be aggravated
by use of water. It is for example carried out when there is a wound or a burn.
of dry ablution in general
ablution is wiping the face, hands, and forearms after lightly touching soil with dry hands. If soil is not available touching
a wall suffices. The actions must be undertaken in order and consecutively with no interruption.
of dry ablution in the hospital
patient washes the parts that can safely be washed and makes dry ablution for the remaining parts that cannot be washed safely.
If no part of the body can be washed safely then dry ablution is carried out for all parts. The patient or the attendant can
wipe over the bandage. If a person has no hands, he can make dry ablution on any remaining rudiments of the limbs or where
they were supposed to be attached.
soil or sand to the hospital
also not advisable to bring soil to the hospital to be used by patients in dry ablution unless there is assurance that the
soil is completely sterile otherwise it can spread infection. A company in Malaysia has started manufacturing sand
sterilized by microwave heat and sealed in a bottle.