Cleanliness

Cleanliness

The blessed Prophet was interested in cleanliness from his early childhood and was unique in observing cleanliness of the body and clothes

The blessed Prophet was interested in cleanliness from his early childhood and was unique in observing cleanliness of the body and clothes. In addition to observing the manners of wudu (ablution), he washed and bathed himself on most days and encouraged both of these as acts of worship.

He washed his hair which fell to his ear lobes with Lote tree leaves (sidr) and combed and rubbed violet oil in it. He perfumed himself with musk and other kinds of perfume so that his scent could be smelled wherever he passed. He cleaned his teeth with a natural toothbrush (miswak) carefully, several times a day, especially before sleeping and after waking up. His white garment, which reached below his knees, was always clean.

Before and after eating, he used to wash his hands and mouth and would avoid eating bad-smelling herbs and vegetables. A comb, a collyrium for the eyes, a container, a pair of scissors, a mirror and a miswak (a natural toothbrush) were always part of his luggage wherever he went. His house was always clean, despite its simplicity and lack of luxury.

He emphasized that rubbish should be taken out during the day and should not be left till night. His physical cleanliness was in harmony with his sacred spiritual purity. He advised his companions and followers to keep their heads, bodies, garments, and houses clean and he especially persuaded them to wash and perfume themselves on Fridays so that they would not smell bad while attending the Friday prayer.

He further ordered his followers not to relieve themselves near graves, beside rivers, or in the shade of trees. He emphasized that care should be taken not to pollute water to the extent that even while washing, it was better to wash outside the water rather than entering it.

 

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