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Passion Islam I August 2009 SPECIAL FEATURE I 23
Muslim brothers go to the masjids constant remembrance of Allah our Masjids, they should be clean.
Cleaness is
to offer their salahs, and annoy and the Home of the Hereafter. Brothers, if you see paper, pick
their brothers, their Lord, and His When our minds are full of thikr, it up, and know that your reward
Angels, by not making the proper there is no room for unclean is with Allah. For Abu Hurairah
wudu or ghusl? It is narrated by thoughts. When our hearts are full narrated that a black person, a
Abu Hurairah that the Prophet, of dhikr, there is no room for lust, male or a female used to clean
sallallaahu alayhi wasallam, said, envy and jealousy. the Mosque and then died.
“If I had not found it hard for my Once we begin to re-emphasize The Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi
followers or the people, I would this Sunnah in our lives, we will wasallam, did not know about it.
your Faith
have ordered them to clean their also see it manifesting itself in our One day the Prophet remembered
teeth with siwak for every salah.” homes and in our communities. him and asked, “What happened
(Bukhari and Muslim). So many so-called Muslim to that person?” The people
Keeping our persons clean is communities and homes are kept replied, “O Allah’s Apostle, he
very important in this deen, but our in such a way that not even the died.” He said, “Why did you not
level of cleanliness should not be disbelievers would want to live inform me?” They said, “His story
skin deep. Our level of cleanliness there. The masjids are filthy, and was so and so (i.e., regarded him
needs to go beyond the outer self the areas outside the masajid are as insignificant).” He said, “Show
to touch our minds, our hearts and littered with paper and garbage, me his grave.” He then went to
our souls. yet this is where we stand and his grave and offered the funeral
Because there is a lot of filth pray. salah. (Bukhari).
in societies we line, it is easy to How can we pray in filth? This Cleanliness is godliness, for
get dirty. Before we know it, all is not the way of the Prophet, Allah says, “O you who believe!
sorts of crazy things are running sallallaahu alayhi wasallam. It When you rise up for salah, wash
through our minds and our hearts was narrated by Aisha, Ummul you faces, and your hands up to
are occupied with concerns and Mu’minin, that the Apostle of the elbows, and lightly rub your
desires of this worldly life. But Allah, sallallaahu alayhi wasallam, heads and (wash) your feet up to
Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala, “Lo! commanded us to build mosques the ankles. And if you are unclean,
We purified them with a pure in different localities (i.e. in the purify yourselves ... Allah would
thought, remembrance of the locality of each tribe separately) not place a burden on you, but He
Home (of the Hereafter).” [38:46] and that they should be kept clean would purify you and would perfect
The way to keep our minds and and be perfumed. (Abu Dawoud). His grace upon you, that you may
our hearts clean is through the Sisters, our homes serve as give thanks.” [5:6]
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