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Emperor Humayun's Garden Tomb

Ablution Tanks

Ablution Tanks

Water is important in Islam.1 In order to perform salah or to circumambulate a holy site, a Muslim must be in a state of purity.2 Most of the time time a ritual cleansing called wudu is required.3 For convenience, Islamic holy sites, like Nizam al-Din's chilla-khana have ablution tanks on site for use by those that intend to worship.

Some mosques, such as the Jama Masjid in Delhi, were designed with a central ablution tank that is sometimes called a fawwara.4


1. Sameh Strauch, comp., Sameh Strauch, trans., Fiqh Course: Tahaarah, Salaah, and Janaa'iz (Riyadh: International Islamic Publishing House, 2003), 21-42.

2. ibid, 47-48.

3. ibid, 38-40

4. Philip Davies, The Penguins Guide to Indian Monuments, vol. 2, Islamic, Rajput, European (London: Penguin Books, 1989), 595.

Illustrations

A Typical Ablution Tank
A Typical Ablution Tank
Tanks at Nizamuddin
The ablution tanks at Humayun's Garden Tomb can be found in the graveyard behind the khanqah.

Additional Information

A formal bibliography is posted on the outline page.

Nizam al-Din's Chilla-khana & Khanqah

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