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22 I SPECIAL FEATURE Passion Islam I August 2009
Cleaness is
your Faith
Not that long ago, when Europe has everything to do with ours. sallallaahu alayhi wasallam, said,
was in its Golden Age, civilization, Unfortunately, the Muslims are “Cleanliness is half of faith and
it seemed was at its peak and backtracking to a darker period, Alhamdulillah fills the scale, and
perfection. It was also during this when to be clean, in our bodies, SubhanaAllah and Alhamdulillah
time of pomp and pageantry, that our homes, and our communities, fill up what is between the heavens
it was not uncommon for men was looked upon as a small and the earth. Salah is a light, and
and women of the aristocracy thing. But as the old saying goes, charity is proof (of one’s faith) and
to wear lice and mouse traps on cleanliness is godliness, and as we endurance is a brightness and the
their bodies, because to immerse profess to be the true worshippers Qur’an is a proof on your behalf or
oneself bodily into water, (i.e., of the One, true God, Allah, then against you. All men go out early in
to take a bath), was deemed our nation should be the cleanest. the morning and sell themselves,
unhealthy. Powdered wigs Cleanliness, however, does not thereby setting themselves free or
covered shaved heads due to lice stop at the physical level; we must destroying themselves.” (Muslim).
infestations, and heavy perfumes also strive to keep our minds, our Here the Prophet of Allah,
barely covered the pungent smells hearts and our intentions free from sallallaahu alayhi wasallam, is
of unwashed bodies. the filth of sin. telling us that cleanliness is half
Cleanliness had very little to It was narrated by Abu Malik al- of faith, therefore it should not
do with that civilization, but it Ash’ari that the Messenger of Allah, be taken lightly. Yet, how many
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