Cleanliness in Islam

Cleanliness in Islam


In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful!

The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and greet him, said: “Cleanliness is half of faith!” Also, in another hadith: “Allah loves the clean and pure”. Cleanliness is essential to life and well-being. You can reach it by following these seven rules.

1. Cleanliness of body and clothing

The Prophet Muhammad, may Allah bless him and greet him, urged his followers to the purity of the body and neatness of dress. Small bath, a large bath, use of siwaak, the use of incense and oils, hygiene – all of this is familiar to us from the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him). Religion, faith – it is something sacred, inviolable.  Therefore, those who profess it, and thus its representative, must be clean and tidy.

2. Cleanliness of hands

When a man asked the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and greet, about Islam, he said: “It means to subdue your heart to Allah, and to protect the Muslims from harm your tongue and hands”.

Cleanliness of hands is not to cause harm to others with hands, whether it be robbery, beating, or something else that can be done by hand. Cleanliness of hands also means no harm to yourself, do not commit sins and do not perform haram work. Giving alms and zakat on income also included in the general cleanliness of hands - because you free your hands from what Allah has obliged to share with others.

3. Cleanliness of ears

Cleanliness of ears - means to protect your ears from listening to forbidden, idle or useless speeches, participation in evil-speaking conversations. According to a hadith, a man who listens to gossip, and one who listens to gossip – are complicit. So one has to take care of not only the language, but also the ears.

4. Cleanliness of tongue

Abu Qatada, may Allah be pleased with him, said: “Just as man is afraid of man’s meat, he should beware of cursing in the conversation”. Also the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and greet, said that a man can say one word, not giving it a value, but because of it, he can go to Hell.

 5. Cleanliness of eyes

The Hadith says: “There are three categories of eyes that will not see the fire of Hell: the eyes, which were up in a holy war to defend the way of Allah, and the eyes, which were crying out of fear of Allah, and the eyes, which were kept by the forbidden.

Allah says: “A look at the forbidden – it is one of the poisoned arrows of Satan. The one, who fear before me leave views on the forbidden, I will replace it on faith (iman) and he will certainly feel the sweetness of faith in his heart”.

The cleanness of the eye includes the preservation from throwing views of envy, evil and hatred.

6. Purity of mind

We often see the world not as it is. The same applies to people at the event on ourselves. Clean thoughts just means the exclusion of such illusions and misperceptions – protect our mind from speculation, suspicion, negative thoughts that are without strong factual basis. The state of our thoughts also largely determines the nature of the acts and even in the whole its destiny. This also applies to the relations of man with Almighty. Allah Almighty says: “I am as My servant thinks of Me. I am with him when he remembers Me. If he mentions Me within himself, I mention him within Myself”.

7. Purity of heart

In the Qur'an, Allah says: “The Day whereon neither wealth nor sons will avail; But only he (will prosper) who brings to Allah a sound heart”. Also, from the hadith of the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and greet him, we know that God is looking into the heart of man, He watches his true motives and intentions. We know that goodness is precisely in the heart, and that the state of the entire body depends on the state of the heart. According to a hadith, “Verily, there is in the human body a piece of flesh. If it is healthy, the whole body is healthy. If it is sick, the whole body suffers And truly this is a piece of heart”.

Keep the heart pure means to maintain in  a sense of love, faith and gratitude. This means listening to its "wiggling" and act in accordance with them if they call to good. If there arise a sense of pride or evil, that know how to properly get rid of them or to ignore, so they do not affect the state of mind or the commission of acts. Keep heart pure, means to take care of it as though today it is to return to the Creator. And in what form then we would like to present it? Of course, the purified, full of faith and gratitude to the Creator, as well as fear Him, and shy.

These "seven rules of purity" is a seven rooms of our souls that we are obliged to keep clean and tidy; the house that temporarily given us to use. After all, each of us has to return to the Creator, the return to the owner. We have to keep the soul in harmony and purity in order to meet Allah happy.

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