Allah is Beautiful and Loves Beauty

Allah is Beautiful and Loves Beauty

By Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah

BeautyAllah is Beautiful and Loves Beauty

From ‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ud who said that the Prophet  said, “No one will enter Paradise who has an atom’s weight of pride in his heart.” A man said, “What if a man likes his clothes to look good and his shoes to look good?” He said, “Allah is beautiful and loves beauty. Pride means denying the truth and looking down on people.” [Related by Muslim #131]

The phrase “Allah is beautiful and loves beauty,” includes the beautiful clothing which was asked about in the same hadith. It is included by way of generalization, meaning that beauty in all things is what is meant here. In Sahih Muslim, it says, “Allah is good and only accepts that which is good.” [Muslim #1686]

In Sunan At-Tirmidhi it says, “Allah loves to see the effects of His blessing on His slave.” [#2963. At-Tirmidhi said it was Hasan Sahih]

It was reported that Abu’l-Ahwas al-Jashami said the Prophet  saw him wearing old, tattered clothes, and asked him, “Do you have any wealth?” I said, “Yes.” He said, “What kind of wealth?” I said, “All that Allah has given me of camels and sheep.” He said, “Then show the generous blessings that He has given you.” [Sahih: Related by Ahmad #15323, at-Tirmidhi #1929 and an-Nisa’i #5128]

Allah, may He be glorified, loves the effects of His blessings to His slave to be made manifest, for this is part of the beauty that He loves, and that is part of the gratitude for His blessings which forms an inner beauty (the beauty of character).

Allah loves to see the external beauty of His slaves which reflects His blessings on them, and the inner beauty of their gratitude to Him for those blessings. Because He loves beauty, He sends down on His slaves clothes and adornments with which they may make their outward appearance beautiful and He gives them taqwa which makes their inner characters beautiful. Allah says:

O Children of Adam! We have bestowed raiment upon you to cover yourselves (screen your private parts, etc.) and as an adornment, and the raiment of righteousness, that is better.” (Al-A`raf 7:26)

And He says, speaking of the people of Paradise:

… and He gave them Nadratan (a light of beauty) and joy. And their recompense shall be Paradise and silken garments because they were patient.” (Al-Insan 76:11-12)

Their faces will be made beautiful with the nadrah (light of beauty), their innermost being with joy and their bodies with silken garments. Just as Allah loves beauty in words, deeds, garments and outward appearance, so He hates ugliness in words, deeds, garments and outward appearance. He hates ugliness and its people and loves beauty and its people.

However, two groups are misguided with regard to this issue: a group that says that everything that He has created is beautiful, so He loves all that He has created and we should love all that He has created and not hate anything. They say: whoever realizes that all that exists comes from Him will see that it is beautiful … these people have no sense of jealousy for the sake of Allah or hatred and enmity for the sake of Allah, or denouncing what is evil (munkar), or jihad (struggle) for the sake of Allah, or adhering His limits.

They regard the beauty of images, male or female, as being part of the beauty that Allah loves, and seek to worship Allah through immoral acts. Some of them may even go so far as to claim that the One Whom they worship is manifested or incarnated in those images.

The second group, on the other hand, says that Allah condemns the beauty of images, forms and outward appearances. Allah says about the munafiqun (hypocrites):

And when you look at them, their bodies please you … ” (Al-Munafiqun 63:4)

And how many a generation have We destroyed before them. Who were better in wealth, goods and outward appearance?” (Maryam 19:54)

In Sahih Muslim, it is reported that the Prophet  said, “Allah does not look at your outward appearance and your wealth, rather He looks at your hearts and deeds.” [Related by Muslim #1356]

According to another hadith, “Shabbiness is part of faith.” [Sahih: Related by Ibn Majah #4108, Abu Dawud #3630] Allah condemns those who are extravagant, which applies to extravagance in clothing as well as in food and drink.

In order to settle this dispute, we may say that beauty in clothing and outward appearance is of three types, one of which is commendable, one is blameworthy and one of which is neither. The kind of beauty which is to be commended is that which is done for the sake of Allah, to help one to obey Allah and fulfill His commands, such as when the Prophet made himself look beautiful (i.e. handsome) when meeting the delegations that came to him.

This is like wearing armour or battle-dress when fighting, or wearing silk and showing off (in front of the enemy). This is commendable because it is done to make the word of Allah supreme and to support His religion and annoy His enemies. The blameworthy kind of beauty is that which is done for the sake of this world, for reasons of power, false pride and showing off, or to fulfill some (selfish) desires. This also includes cases where beauty is an end in itself for a person and is all he cares about.

Many people have no other concerns in life. As for the kind of beauty which is neither commendable nor blameworthy, it is that which has nothing to do with either of the two purposes mentioned above (i.e., it is neither for the sake of Allah nor for the sake of worldly purposes).

The hadith under discussion refers to two important principles, knowledge and behaviour. Allah is to be acknowledged for the beauty that bears no resemblance to anything else, and He is to be worshipped by means of the beauty which He loves in words, deeds and attitudes.

He loves His slaves to beautify their tongues with the truth, to beautify their hearts with sincere devotion (ikhlas), love, repentance and trust in Him, to beautify their faculties with obedience, and to beautify their bodies by showing His blessings upon them in their clothing and by keeping them pure and free of any filth, dirt or impurity, by removing the hairs which should be removed, by circumcision, and by clipping the nails.

Thus they recognize Allah through these qualities of beauty and seek to draw close to Him through beautiful words, deeds and attitudes. They acknowledge Him for the beauty which is His attribute and they worship Him through the beauty which He has prescribed and His religion. The hadith combines these two principles of knowledge and behaviour.

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Adapted with necessary editorial adjustments from Al-Fawa’id (1/185)

 

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Living in Unsanitary Conditions

Living in Unsanitary Conditions

By A. O.

Unsanitary Conditions

The fact that individuals attach importance to nobody but to themselves, and thus show no true love and respect to anybody, eventually introduces such a way of living.

Living in Unsanitary Conditions

The primitive rationale, making to survive the ultimate goal of life, causes its members to drift into a disorganized lifestyle. One of the grounds of this mentality is to have more time to take pleasure from life. This goal, manifesting itself in common phrases like to make the most of life or to savor the moment, is eagerly promoted and encouraged, as being the contemporary lifestyle.

There is another point that deserves mention here: the fact that individuals attach importance to nobody but to themselves, and thus show no true love and respect to anybody, eventually introduces such a way of living. This situation becomes most apparent in marriages in which couples lose mutual respect. Just after marriage, both sides do not hesitate to behave in a way they never dared before the wedding. Spending all day in pyjamas with an unwashed face, uncombed hair and bad breath, or living in a house where the kitchen surfaces overflow with dirty dishes the whole day long are all the outcome of this mentality.

Indeed, this mentality brings nothing but difficulty, disorder, and chaos to the lives of ignorant people. On the pretext of not wasting time, they avoid many things that would bring an aesthetic touch to their lives. They deal with only the essentials and do not exert themselves to make their environment beautiful. For instance, they do not pay attention to details while doing housework.

They often find it difficult to clean up; just not seeing the dirt all around is most of the time a sufficient excuse for not doing any cleaning. Some people perceive ironing, taking a shower, changing dirty linen, towels, clothes or tidying their room as a waste of time. They don’t wash their clothes unless an obvious stain or dirt appears on them. They can’t be bothered to shave. Especially in cold weather they dislike taking a bath.

Mostly they only wash their hair. In some cultures, women have a practical solution for this: they visit a hair-dresser once a week and never feel the need to wash their hair until the next visit to the hair-dresser. Instead of taking a shower, they generally camouflage any undesirable odor with scents and deodorants, which makes it even more disturbing. Ignorant people give importance to the outer appearance of their clothes, yet they don’t feel the necessity to wash clothing which gives off a strong smell of sweat, food or cigarettes.

This primitive understanding of hygiene is especially widespread among young people. Their favorite clothes are worn-out or ripped jeans soaked in the dirt. In universities and discos or on the streets, it is very popular to sit on pavements or steps, wearing dirty leather jackets and, muddy boots, and to carry faded satchels. They generally do not tidy their wardrobes; dirty clothes are thrown crumpled into the wardrobe, right next to the clean ones. The cleaning lady does all the cleaning once a week; and so as not to spend time on dish-washing, they generally prefer fast food.

Encouraged on the pretext of modernism, this understanding and lifestyle enjoy a special popularity among the section of society called intellectuals. The majority of these people mostly made up of journalists, authors, painters, actors, poets, and people in show business, project the image of the intellectual with dirty beards, greasy hair and untidy clothes.

A next appearance with clean and well-pressed clothes, they believe, is something incompatible with their charisma. Such unsanitary conditions surely negatively influence these ignorant people. Be they young or old, they develop diseases caused by malnutrition and unsanitary conditions. Always inhaling cigarette smoke in their offices, shopping malls, cafe’s, etc., their skins turn yellowish and they suffer serious lung problems.

However, these are the negative effects observed only on the body. Living in dirty and untidy places along with other people who likewise do not care about sanitary conditions has a negative effect on their psychology too. In time, they become entirely insensitive to beauty and aesthetics. This is actually the consequence of a choice they willingly make.

The Qur’an, on the contrary, encourages man to live in the cleanest and most beautiful places possible. Allah gives a detailed account of how believers should lead their lives in the Qur’an;

“And your garments keep free from stain!” (Al-Muddaththir: 4)

“You could possibly substitute: Allah loves those that turn to Him in repentance and strive to keep themselves (pure and) clean.” (Al-Baqarah: 222)

“O mankind! Eat of that which is lawful and wholesome in the Earth.” (Al-Baqarah: 168)

“They ask you as to what is allowed to them. Say: The good things are allowed to you.” (Al-Ma’idah: 4)

“He will make lawful for them all good things and prohibit for them only the foul.” (Al-A`raf: 157)

“Remember We made the House (The Ka`bah in Makkah) a place of assembly for men and a place of safety; made the station of Abraham a place of prayer; We covenanted with Abraham and Isma`il, that they should purify My House for those who walk round it, or use it as a retreat, or bow, or prostrate themselves (therein in prayer).” (Al-Baqarah: 125)

“ (Others) said: Your Lord best knows how long you have tarried. Now let one of you go with this silver coin into the city, and let him see what food is purest there and bring you a supply of it.” (Al-Kahf: 19)

“To John, we said: ‘Observe the Scriptures with a firm resolve’. We bestowed on him wisdom grace and purity, and he was devout.” (Maryam: 12)

In the name of modernism, ignorant people create unsanitary and disorganized environments with their own hands. On the other hand, by complying with the principles of the Qur’an, believers enjoy the beauties of this life before attaining the Hereafter.

 

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Taken with slight editorial modifications from www.miraclesofthequran.com.

A. O. is a Turkish writer and author.

 

 

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What Is the Importance of Ablution?

What Is the Importance of Ablution?

Islam requires both physical and spiritual cleanliness. On the physical side, a true Muslims should clean his/her body, clothes, home, community, and he/she is rewarded by Allah for doing so. This cleansing was practiced in Christianity as well, and was mentioned in the Bible.

Regarding the acts of worship such as prayer, all Muslims are required to make the ritual cleansing (wudu’) before standing and offering prayer before the Almighty Allah.

Here, Sheikh Bilal Philips talks about the importance of ablution during a session that was organized by Qatar Islamic Cultural Center (FANAR). He begins his talk by reminding the audience with faith and how the Muslim can maintain the relationship with Allah and His beloved Messenger (peace be upon him).

Then he starts talking about the key of prayer and one of its principles that is ablution. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “There is no prayer for one who does not have ablution, and there is no ablution for one who does not mention the Name of Allah (before it).” (Ibn Majah and Abu Dawud)

Enjoy watching this interesting talk with Sheikh Bilal Philips to learn more about the importance of ablution.


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Water or Toilet Paper?

Water or Toilet Paper?

By Cassandra Vinograd

Water or Toilet PaperAs a child, John Kang thought using toilet paper was disgusting. He much preferred water, in the tradition of his Korean grandparents.

Such was Kang’s obsession that upon reaching adulthood, he outfitted the three bathrooms in his house with remote-controlled bidet toilets and went into business selling the devices. With his father and another partner, Kang designed the Genesis bidet, which they now market to Americans who share a similar approach to bathroom hygiene.

“People have been brainwashed,” said Kang, 32. “From the very beginning, we’ve been taught to go ahead and use toilet paper. It’s very hard to step outside that box.”

But more and more Americans are installing combination bidet toilets that experts say are more sanitary and also add a touch of luxury.

“It’s starting to manifest at the upper level that oftentimes determines taste and acceptance in this country,” said William Bruneau, who wrote “The Bidet Book,” a 90-page guide often referred to as the bible of the bidet industry.

Such practices are nothing new in many corners of the world, from Japan to Morocco to France, where splashing water has long been used instead of toilet paper.

Using water for toilet hygiene has been a tradition among various cultures around the world. Instead of using traditional water cans bidet or toilet with bidet functionality was invented in France in the 1700s, where bidets became often associated with continental Europeans. In 1960, a bidet attachment for toilets made its debut. The first “paperless toilet” appeared in Japan in 1980, which gave the user a thorough wash and dry.

For a long time, such devices were used in the United States solely by the rich and famous, among them movie star Will Smith, who recently bought a fancy model.

But in this age of international travel, more ordinary Americans have been inspired by the bidet toilets that have become the standard in hotels and restaurants from the Far East to the Middle East.

Such products are being marketed here in the lower price range, starting as low as $29 for a simple cold water “jet” fixture. Today’s bidet attachments latch onto normal toilet seats, spraying water and even blow-drying to clean the nether parts of the body. Temperature and air pressure control, heated seats and remote controls drive up the price.

Bruneau says it is only a matter of time until bidets take off in America. “Bidets are a very simple, affordable, hands-off way to stay completely clean,” Bruneau said. “We keep 98 percent of our body fastidiously well-washed and clean, while perpetually going about with soiled and smelly derrieres and private parts.”

Bathroom fixture maker American Standard has yet to offer a combined toilet bidet. But Kohler Co. introduced the C3 toilet seat with bidet functionality last year, at a cost of $1,300.

“There’s a big opportunity for bidets here in the U.S.,” said Shane Allis, Kohler’s senior product manager for toilet seats. “People are looking to have their bathrooms become more of a retreat.” His company aims to give bathroom users the same sense of cleanliness they experience when exiting the shower.

Advocates argue that using toilet paper increases the chances of spreading E. coli bacteria. However, the sanitary advantages of bidets over toilet paper have yet to be studied, said Dr. Charles P. Gerba, a microbiology professor at the University of Arizona who studies bathrooms and toilet hygiene.

While bidet enthusiasts say they’re saving trees, green blogger Sara Clinehans says giving up toilet paper wastes water.

“I would hate to see the average person who is just taking interest in doing something about global warming give up before they begin because they feel like they’re being asked to give up toilet paper,” Clinehans said. She deemed recycled toilet paper a more environmentally friendly alternative.

Instead, manufacturers and other experts stress the medical benefits of bidets, saying that in addition to leaving behind some “mess,” paper can be abrasive for people with hemorrhoids. Bidets are also considered more user-friendly for obese people and those with mobility problems.

But toilet habits are a taboo topic in America, and change will take time, Allis said.

“I think we have some cultural hurdles to overcome here in the U.S.,” he said.

Brittany Virga, 17, agreed.

Brittany, from Ronkonkoma, N.Y., did not stop to look at the gleaming white Toto Washlet–a toilet with bidet functionality–displayed in a window in Manhattan’s trendy Soho neighbourhood.

“That’s disgusting,” she said when asked about bidets. “This is America, not Europe. You shower every day, so that’s enough.”

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Taken with slight editorial modifications from islamicity.org.

 

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Eating and Drinking Etiquette in Islam

Eating and Drinking Etiquette in Islam

By Truth Seeker Staff

Eating Etiquette in IslamFor every act that a Muslim does, there is a chance for him to earn some reward for it from Allah. From praying to per­forming Ghusl (ritual bath), O Allah has placed His Blessings in everything. These rewards and blessings can be attained only by those keen to follow the guidance and example of the Prophet Muhammad (may Allah exalt his mention) into every aspect of their lives, thereby seeking nothing but the pleasure of their Creator.

The entire life of such people becomes an act of worship. Even the act of eating and drinking, upon which all living things depend, can become acts of worship. Thus, by acquainting ourselves with the Sunnah (the tradition of the Prophet (may Allah exalt his mention) of eating and drinking, we too can turn this mundane exercise into an act of worship and a source of blessing.

The etiquette of eating

1- How to begin

When a Muslim begins to eat, he should begin with the name of Allah. As the Prophet Muhammad (may Allah exalt his mention) said: ‘When one of you eats, he should mention Allah’s name (i.e. say Bismillah). If he forgets to mention Allah’s name at the beginning, he should say (when he remembers): I begin in the name of Allah at the beginning and at the end of it.’

The Prophet (may Allah exalt his mention) explained that Shaytan (Satan) partakes in the food if the name of Allah is not mentioned at the start of eating. However, if one forgets in the beginning and then remembers and says the aforementioned Du’aa (supplication), Shaytan is made to vomit out what he had eaten.

2- The manners of eating

The best manner in which to eat food is with the fingers of the right hand. The Companion, Ka’ab bin Malik may Allah be pleased with him reported that he saw the Messenger (may Allah exalt his mention) eating with three fingers and when he finished, he would lick them. Another manner of eating which the Prophet (may Allah exalt his mention) taught us is that we should always eat from what is near­est to us and not from the middle of the plate. The reason for this is that the blessings come down upon the food in its mid­dle, therefore it should be left to last. [Abu Dawood, eng. Trans. Vol. 3, p. 1064, no. 3763]

3- The manners of sitting while eating

The Prophet (may Allah exalt his mention) would never eat while in a reclining position. Eating while reclining was a manner used to show arrogance, as traditionally associated with the Greeks and Romans.

The whole life of the Prophet (may Allah exalt his mention) was a model of modesty and humility and this was evident in his manner of eating. The Companion Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that he saw Allah’s Messenger (may Allah exalt his mention) squatting and eating dates [Muslim]. At other times, the Prophet (may Allah exalt his mention) would sit on his knees as reported by ‘Abdullah bin Busr (may Allah be pleased with him) who said that: “The Prophet (may Allah exalt his mention) was sitting on his knees upon which a Bedouin asked: ‘Why are you sitting like this?’ The Prophet (may Allah exalt his mention) replied: “Allah has made me a respectable servant and He did not make me an obstinate tyrant.”

4- Do not criticize food

Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (may Allah exalt his mention) never found fault with food. If he liked it, he would eat it, but if he disliked it, he just left it.

These are the manners our Prophet (may Allah exalt his mention) who we are enjoined to emulate, who was the best example for mankind. If we look at the manners of people nowadays, we will see that people are quick to criticize food. It is a sign of extreme ingratitude to Allah, the Provider. Rather, one should be thankful to Allah for whatever He has provided us with and not complain about its taste. One should also remind oneself that there are many people who do not know where their next meal is coming from. So we should instead be grateful as instructed by Allah (what means): “O you who believe, eat of the good (lawful) things We have provided you with, and be grateful to Allah, if it is (indeed) He whom you worship.” [Al-Baqarah 2:172]

5- Do not eat too much

In today’s times, many people follow a lifestyle in which they overindulge in food. They eat large quantities until it is difficult for them to breathe and they can almost feel the food rising to their throats. We have been taught by the Prophet (may Allah exalt his mention) that we should do all things in moderation, including eating. The Prophet (may Allah exalt his mention) said: “A believer eats in one intestine, whereas a non-believer eats in seven intestines” [Muslim].

Therefore, we should not eat until we are completely satiated; rather we should eat an amount of food that eliminates the hunger and does not satisfy us to our fullest.

6- After eating

When we have finished eating, we should always remember Allah and be grateful to Him, for He is the Provider and our Sustainer. We should express this gratitude in the manner in which the Prophet (may Allah exalt his mention) taught us. He (may Allah exalt his mention) said: “One who has eaten some food and then says: ‘All praise is for Allah, who has given me this (food to eat) and provided for me without any effort or power on my part’, he will have his sins forgiven.” [Al-Tirmidhi]

We can extract most of the etiquettes of eating from the following Hadeeth: Narrated ‘Umar bin Abi Salamah may Allah be pleased with him: “I was a boy under the care of Allah’s Messenger (may Allah exalt his mention) and my hand used to go around the dish while I was eating. So Allah’s Messenger (may Allah exalt his mention) said to me: ‘O young boy! Mention the name of Allah, eat with your right hand and eat of the dish what is nearer to you.” [Al-Bukhari]

Etiquette of drinking water

Water should be drunk in three breaths, that is one should breathe three times outside the drinking vessel one is drinking from. This habit has a salutary impact on one’s character and helps one avoid doing things in haste.

Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (may Allah exalt his mention) used to breathe three times in the course of a drink (he used to drink in three gulps).

The Messenger of Allah (may Allah exalt his mention) also prohibited us from breathing in the drinking vessel because the bad smell or spittle may flow into the drink. This is both vile as well as injurious to one’s health. Abu Qatadah may Allah be pleased with him reported: “The Prophet (may Allah exalt his mention) forbade breathing into the vessel while drinking.”

To sum up the etiquette of drinking:

  1. Never drink straight from a bottle (carbon dioxide is released into the bottle).
  2. Do not drink from the mug’s cleft and do not breathe in the beverage.
  3. Drink in three draughts.
  4. Invoke Allah when you drink and praise him when you finish.

It is reported that the Prophet (may Allah exalt his mention) said: “Do not drink the water in one draught just like camels, but drink it in one or three gulps, and invoke Allah when you drink and praise Him when you finish.”

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Taken with slight editorial modifications from islamweb.net.

 

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The Etiquette of Urination in Islam

The Etiquette of Urination in Islam

Men bathroom

Purity has an environmental impact and is strongly connected to worship; without a clean body, a Muslim cannot pray.

It has become a common practice in many parts of the world for men to stand and urinate. The presence of urinals in almost every male bathroom has not only taught, but also encouraged people to stand up while relieving themselves. What does Islam say about this behavior?

First of all, we must remember that our ability to digest food and drink is a great blessing from Allah. We would not be able to survive without a digestive system. However, with every blessing comes a responsibility. Since human waste is classified as impure, Islam teaches us a few rules about how to relieve ourselves with dignity.

So what’s the problem?

There are many Islamic guidelines about how to use the restroom. We will only focus on those that pertain to standing and urinating. This common practice has led to the following unethical practices:

1. Shamelessness

One bad habit that has resulted from using of public urinals is the loss of personal modesty in the restroom. It is very common to see two men using the bathroom while having a conversation at the same time. Had they peeked over just a little they would have be able to see one another’s private parts. This is abhorrent. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

“Allah detests it when two people relieve themselves uncovered and have a conversation.”(Abu Dawud and Ahmad)

The Prophet would take so much care to seclude himself that Al-Mughirah ibn Shu`bah (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “I was travelling with the Prophet. When he needed to relieve himself, he went far away from me.”(At-Tirmidhi)

2. Increase in impurity

How many urinals have you ever seen that provide wudu’ (ablution) facilities, water fixtures or even toilet paper? Probably none. This results in people leaving the restroom without an appropriate level of cleanliness or washing their hands.  The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “When you go to the restroom, take three stones with you to clean yourself. That will suffice.” (Abu Dawud)

Salman Al-Farisi (may Allah be pleased with him), the Companion from Persia, was told, “Your Prophet has taught you everything, even how to use the bathroom.” He responded, “That is right. He (peace be upon him) told us not to…use our right hand when cleaning and to not use less than three stones to clean ourselves after we finish.”(At-Tirmidhi)

`A’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her), the Prophet’s wife, said to a group of women, “Tell your husbands to clean themselves with water because I am embarrassed to tell them. This is what the Prophet used to do regularly.”(At-Tirmidhi)

Cleaning yourself, with either a solid substance or with water, is so important in Islam that once when the Prophet (peace be upon him) passed by a man’s grave he told Ibn `Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) that the deceased man is being tortured, but not for a major sin: “He didn’t used to clean himself after urinating.”(Al-Bukhari)

3. Disrespect for others

One of the common habits we find in people who regularly use urinals is that they also stand up while using a lavatory. This can result in an unsanitary seat covered with urine and germs. Very few people care to clean the seat, let alone the toilet area after leaving, so, the next person entering has to deal with that disgusting mess. In this regard, the Prophet said:

“Beware of the cursed ones.” Some people asked, “Who are the cursed ones?” He replied, “People who relieve themselves in public pathways or in shaded areas.” (Muslim)

Public pathways and shaded areas are two areas where people would be offended from excrement and filth because they use them so often. The same curse would apply to those who leave filth behind for the next person. The curse, in this context, has two meanings: people are cursed by the one who has to deal with the dirt they left behind and they are cursed by Allah for their careless and disgusting habits.

Are there any exceptions?

The Prophet (peace be upon him) always sat down to relieve himself. This is proven by ‘A’ishah, who was constantly in his presence. She said, “Don’t believe anyone that tells you the Prophet used to stand while urinating. He always used to sit down.” (Ibn Majah and Ahmad)

The only person who ever contradicted her statement was Hudhayfah (may Allah be pleased with him) when he said: “The Prophet [while traveling] approached a garbage dump and stood while urinating. Then, he called me to bring some water for him, so I did, and he performed wuu’. “(Al-Bukhari)

This is clearly an exception to the rule because the Prophet (peace be upon him) was in a very dirty place. Hudhayfah’s description of the place being a garbage dump reveals to us the context and makes it clear that ‘A’ishah’s challenge was referring to people who claimed the Prophet did it often as a habit. Her challenge still stands today. When someone tries to misquote the statement of Hudhayfah in order to prove that the Prophet used to stand and urinate just as people do today, we should correct it.

What should a Muslim do?

Muslims should try to combat this immorality in their own community by encouraging good standards of hygiene. We live in societies which claim to be clean and advanced, yet their toilets – the most basic of sanitary developments – are among the filthiest in the world. Visit any gas station, high school, theme park, etc. and experience what happens to the restrooms when there is no full time janitor to clean up afterwards.

People of the world still have much to learn from Islam’s frank information on cleanliness. Purity has an environmental impact and is strongly connected to worship; without a clean body, a Muslim cannot pray. It is such an important principle in Islam that the Prophet said:

“Cleanliness is half of faith.” (Muslim)

The messenger of Allah has taught us certain rules to observe which benefit both society and ourselves. It is up to us to be aware of this guidance, learn it and apply it.

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Source: Suhaibwebb.com.

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How to Perform Ghusl for Men and Women

How to Perform Ghusl for Men and Women

Al-Ghusl linguistically means, covering the whole body with water.

Legally Al-Ghusl means covering the whole body with water in a particular manner with the intention of worshiping Allah, Exalted and High is He.

The following short video explains the acts that necessitate having a bath and it illustrates in detail the common cases of having a wet dream. Then, the video describes the perfect method of performing the ghusl mentioning the required acts and the supererogatory acts as well. After that, the video mentions some important points that a woman has to follow while offering the bath after sexual intercourse, the end of menstrual period, or post natal-bleeding.

Finally, the video sheds some light on the supererogatory baths that a Muslim should be aware of to gain the reward of following the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him).

Enjoy watching this interesting video to learn how to perform ghusl (ritual cleansing of the body).

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Source: www.fiqhenglish.com

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Discover How Islam Cares About Cleanliness

Discover How Islam Cares About Cleanliness

There are many texts from the Qur’an and the Sunnah that place emphasis on cleanliness. The Prophet (peace be upon him) gave a great attention to the cleanliness and purification of a Muslim. Jabir ibn `Abdullah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) paid visit to us, and saw a disheveled man whose hair was disordered. He said: “Could this man not find something to make his hair lie down?” He saw another man wearing dirty clothes and said: “Could this man not find something to wash his garments with”. (Abu Dawud)

How Does Islam Encourage Cleanliness

The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “Cleanliness is half of faith”.

By: Editorial Staff

Aspects of cleanliness in Islam:

1- One of the characteristics of Muslim men that make them gain the love of Allah

A mosque founded on righteousness from the first day is more worthy for you to stand in. Within it are men who love to purify themselves; and Allah loves those who purify themselves. (At-Tawbah 9:108)   

2- Purification is an essential condition for many acts of worship such as Prayer and holding the Qur’an  

Abu Hurairah narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Allah does not accept prayer of anyone of you if he does hadath (passes urine, stool or wind) till he performs the ablution (anew). (Al-Bukhari)

In a Register well-protected. None touch it except the purified. (Al-Waqi`ah 56:78-79)

3- Cleaning oneself after defecating or urinating

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Beware of (smearing yourselves with) urine, because it is the main cause of punishment in the grave”. (Ad-Daraqutni)

4- It is highly recommended Sunnah to bathe before going to Friday Prayer

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: ‘Anyone of you going out for the Friday prayer should take a bath”. (Al-Bukhari)

5- Islam makes cleanliness as half of faith

The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “Cleanliness is half of faith”. (Muslim)

6- Prohibition of sexual intercourse in menstruation

And they ask you about menstruation. Say, “It is harm, so keep away from wives during menstruation. And do not approach them until they are pure. And when they have purified themselves, then come to them from where Allah has ordained for you. Indeed, Allah loves those who are constantly repentant and loves those who purify themselves. (Al-Baqarah 2:222)

7- Obligation of ablution before prayer five times a day

Abu Hurairah said, I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) saying, “Say, if there were a river at the door of one of you in which he takes a bath five times a day, would any soiling remain on him?” They replied, “No soiling would left on him.” He (peace be upon him) said, ” That is the five (obligatory) Salat (prayers). Allah obliterates all sins as a result of performing them.” (Agreed Upon)

8- Whoever preserves the cleanliness of his body will come on the Day of Resurrection with bright faces.

I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) saying: “On the Day of Resurrection, my followers (or Ummah) will be summoned ‘Al-Ghurr Al-Muhajjalun‘ from the traces of wudu’. Whoever can increase the area of his radiance should do so.”  (Agreed Upon)

9- Islam exhorts the Purity and cleanliness of clothes

 And your clothing purify. (Al-Muddaththir 74:4)

When the Prophet (peace be upon him) saw man wearing dirty clothes he said: “Could this man not find something to wash his garments with.” (Abu Dawud)

10- Islam urges cleaning and purifying courtyards

Salih bin Abi Hassan said: “I heard Sa`id ibn Musayab saying: ‘Indeed Allah is Tayib (good) and he loves Tayib (what is good), and He is Nazhif (clean) and He loves cleanliness, He is Karim (kind) and He loves kindness, He is Jawad (generous) and He loves generosity. So your courtyards, and do not resemble the Jews.” (At-Tirmidhi)

11- Islam encourages cleaning the teeth

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “The Miswak (tooth-stick) cleanses and purifies the mouth and pleases the Lord.” (An-Nasa’i)

12- Islam places emphasis  on the cleanliness of the place of prayer

Abu Hurairah said, A Bedouin stood up and started making water in the mosque. The people caught him but the Prophet (peace be upon him) ordered them to leave him and to pour a bucket or a tumbler of water over the place where he had passed the urine. The Prophet (peace be upon him) then said, “You have been sent to make things easy and not to make them difficult.” (Muslim)

13- Islam encourages its followers to wear beautiful clothes and put perfumes. 

 “O children of Adam, take your adornment at every masjid…” (Al-`Araf 7:31)

The Messenger of Allah said: ‘In this world, women and perfume have been made dear to me, and my comfort has been provided in prayer.” (An-Nasa’i)

14- Islam encourages cleaning the roads

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “The deeds of my people, good and bad, were presented before me, and I found the removal of harmful objects from the road among their good deeds.” (Muslim)

15- Islam encourages cleanliness before sleep

The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “Whenever you go to bed, perform wudu’ as you do for prayer…” (Agreed Upon)

16- Islam encourages washing hands after meals and before sleep

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “If anyone spends the night with grease on his hand which he has not washed away, he can blame only himself if some trouble comes to him”. (Abu Dawud)

17- Islam encourages rinsing the mouth after eating

Ibn `Abbas said, “Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) drank milk and then rinsed his mouth and said, “It contains fat.” (Al-Bukhari)

 18- Islam places emphasis on Muslims’ cleanliness obligations (Sunan Al-Fitrah)

The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “Ten are the acts according to fitrah: clipping the moustache, letting the beard grow, using the tooth-stick, snuffing water in the nose, cutting the nails, washing the finger joints, plucking the hair under the armpits, shaving the pubes and cleaning one’s private parts with water.” (Muslim)

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