As we move into the shorter days of winter, quite a few of my daily prayers are starting to fall during my work day (midday, late afternoon and soon the evening prayer too). This means I have to make ablutions for prayers at work. I have always struggled with washing up for prayers at work. Taking my scarf and hijab cap off, taking my shoes and stockings off, making sure there is no trace of lipstick. This is coupled with sometimes struggling to find a quiet place to make wudhu without an audience watching you stick your foot into the sink and wondering what on earth you are doing (if that reference makes no sense, there is a video showing the Muslim ablution here).
At the moment I am using one of the disabled toilets which affords me some privacy, but is usually a mess with wet floors, hair and dirty tissues on the floor and usually a filthy toilet. I usually give the place a quick wipe down before I use it, but I still have to put tissues on the floor, wipe it down afterwards and find more tissue to clean myself off.
My office is trying to save money and go green so the the building has removed all hand tissues or napkins and replaced with dryers. Which means I have to find paper towels and keep them in my bag.
So last weekend I had a think about what could make it a bit easier for me to make wudhu at work. I came up with this wudhu bag:
The main components are a waterproof makeup or wash bag, two lots of small towels which I picked up very cheaply. The darker colour is to put on the floor and the lighter colour ones for me to dry off with. I take one of each every day and then when I get home drop the used towels into the wash and put two more in my little bag.
I also added deodorant and make-up remover. You can add panty liners and a small bottle to make istinjah (ablutions after toilet), such as a roll-up type bottle that you can open up to fill, then empty an roll up again (like this one here).
I have been using my little wudhu bag all last week and have found it such a big help to have everything in one place and have the towels to hand. I like that rather than throw paper towels away, I can wash and use the same batch over and over again.