Sayyidina Abu ‘Uthman radiAllaahu anhu reports:
I was with Sayyidina Salman (Farsi) radiAllaahu anhu under a tree. Sayyidina Salman took a dry twig of that tree and shook it until all its leaves were shed. Then he said, “O Abu ‘Uthman! Why don’t you ask me why I did like this?” I said: “Why are you doing like this?” Sayyidina Salman said: The Holy Prophet sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam also did like this with me and I was with him under a tree. He took a dry twig of that tree and shook it until all its leaves were shed. So, he asked me, “O Salman! Why don’t you ask me why I’m doing like this?” I asked him: “And why are you doing like this?” He, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, said, “When a Muslim performs ablution (and he does it thoroughly) and then says all the five prayers, his sins are shed even as these leaves were shed.” And said:
وَأَقِمِ ٱلصَّلَوٰةَ طَرَفَىِ ٱلنَّہَارِ وَزُلَفً۬ا مِّنَ ٱلَّيۡلِۚ إِنَّ ٱلۡحَسَنَـٰتِ يُذۡهِبۡنَ ٱلسَّيِّـَٔاتِۚ ذَٲلِكَ ذِكۡرَىٰ لِلذَّٲكِرِينَ
And perform As-Salât (Iqâmat-as-Salât), at the two ends of the day and in some hours of the night [i.e. the five compulsory Salât (prayers)]. Verily, the good deeds remove the evil deeds (i.e. small sins). That is a reminder (an advice) for the mindful (those who accept advice).
There are so many interesting little anecdotes relating to salaah and wudhu, that I’m probably going to be spending the next week on this topic…inshaAllah.