Saturday, April 22, 2006

Have you heard of the auto wudhu washer machine?

Now, a device for pre-prayer wash
By Dina Aboul Hosn,

Staff Reporter, Gulf News

Dubai: An automated Wudu (ablution) system that promises Muslims a time-efficient performance before each prayer has won qualified approval from scholars in the UAE.
The Auto Wudu Washer, developed by a Malaysian and endorsed by the Islamic Council of Qatar and Islamic Council of New South Wales, claims to be the world's first automatic pre-prayer washing and drying system.

"It has inbuilt washing units for ear, face, hands and foot, which allows a person to perform all functions without water spillage," said Anthony Gomez, chairman of AACE Worldwide and developer of the system, which will be displayed in Dubai this month.

Shaikh Ahmad Zu Al Nourain, member of the Iftaa Committee, said the device can be used provided it completely washes the body parts. Shaikh Mohammad Al Hakami, a religious scholar, said any technology that helps Muslims perform their religious duties properly is welcome.

People's opinions varied. Samer Khalil, a 27-year-old Syrian broker in Dubai, said he would use it if it saves time and water. But Palestinian Maha Amer, 34, said Wudu is a ritual she likes to perform peacefully and gracefully, which is why she will not use machines for the purpose.