The attention to hygiene is the
condition which was unfamiliar with any other religion before Islam.
While people generally consider cleanliness or purification a desirable
aspect, but Islam insists on it, making hygiene an essential part of
faith. Cleanliness is an essential part of Islamic life. We can say the
meaning and spirit behind the concept of cleanliness is above the slight
concept of the traditional cleanliness. In Holy Quran Allah Almighty
does not intend to inconvenience you, but He intends to purify you and
perfect His favor to you, so that you may give thanks”. (Quran, 5:6)
Cleanliness and purification are of two types in which we have inner purification and outer purification.
Inner Purification: Inner purification can be
achieved by encouraging the five pillars of Islam. Having clean and
pure thinking, avoiding sins, making a lot of dhikrs and most
importantly making sure the heart is pure of spiritual affliction such
as anger, hatred, relying on other people than Allah, pride, arrogance,
Outer Purification: Outer
purification can be obtained by proper bodily purification e.g. making
ablution, taking bath, cleaning teeth, using fragrance, keeping house
and clothes clean etc.
Our beloved Prophet (SAW) said about purity in one of His hadith in a way: “Cleanliness is half the faith (Emaan).” (Sahih
Muslim). So we can conclude that Cleanliness and purity are part of our
faith which we have to take seriously in our lives. The Holy
Prophet (SAW) practiced cleanliness himself and ordered his companions
to follow too. He kept his body and clothes clean, took bath on regular
basis, liked the use of fragrance, liked to do Miswaak, He
(PBUH) disliked the use of smelly things like garlic etc .and
appreciated neat and attractive appearance.
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “The key to the prayer is cleanliness, its beginning is takbir (saying Allahu Akbar) and its ending is Salam (salutation).” (Abu
Dawud). Islam has always encouraged the believer to be in a state of
cleanliness both physically and spiritually. As mentioned above, one of
the most important aspects of prayers is that a person should be clean
before performing them five times a day.
are many instructions in connection with health, hygiene and nutrition
and about the cleanliness of air and environment in Islam. Some of them
are listed below:
- Wash your mouth and hands before and after a meal.
- Keep food and water covered.
- Offer Salah with clean body and clothes.
- Use fragrance or perfume.
- Comb your hair and use oil on the hair.
- Take bath and perform ablution for offering prayers.
- Go to bed early and rise early in the morning.
- Go for a walk in the morning.
- Keep your house and streets clean or we can say keep your environment clean.
- Keep your clothes and body clean.
- Do Miswak regularly.
is the pathway to health and strength. Islam wants a healthy and strong
Muslim society which is capable of understanding and applying Allah’s
message and carrying it away to the whole world. The Holy Quran says: “You
are the best community that hath been raised up for mankind, enjoining
what is right, forbidding what is wrong, and believing in Allah.”(Quran, 3:110)
short, Cleanliness is a part of faith or we can say it is half the
faith. We often clean our homes, brush our teeth daily, take bath, wash
our clothes, wash dishes, use perfume. Do we realize that we are getting
rewarded by Allah (SWT) for it? No, because generally we never think of
doing these acts for an account of reward from Allah Almighty, we don’t
do them for the pleasure of Allah as we are obeying his commands. May
Allah give us the strength to obey His commands and get rewards and
blessings from Him! Ameen