Thursday, 2 April 2020

How To Practice Islamic Hygiene During Lockdown

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HOW TO PRACTICE ISLAMIC HYGIENE DURING THE LOCKDOWNHygiene is any practice or activity that you do to keep things healthy and clean. What does Islam have to say about this important subject? Lets find out

How does Islam link in with hygiene?
In accordance with the Islamic belief that the condition of the body affects the mind, physical cleanliness is essential for spiritual well-being. 
Allah says in the Holy Quran:
“Allah desires not to put you in a difficulty: but desires to purify you and complete His favors unto you that you may prosper.” (5:7)
In Hadith[the sayings of the Holy Prophet(saw)] Abu Malik Ash’ari relates that the Holy Prophet said: ‘Cleanliness is half of faith.’
Wudhu (Ablution)
Cleanliness is particularly emphasized in connection with salaat (prayer), as a Muslim is expected to try to be in a prayerful state at all times. To achieve this, Muslims are commanded to perform the ritual washing of certain parts of the body in preparation for Salat or prayers.

Allah says in the Holy Qur’an regarding this:
“O you who believe! When you rise up for prayer, wash your faces and your hands as far as the elbows, and wipe your heads, and (wash) your feet up to the ankles.” (5:7)
What is the correct way of performing Wudhu?
The way in which the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) performed Wudhu is as follows:
  1. The hands are washed to the wrists three times.
  2. The mouth is rinsed with water three times.
  3. The nostrils are cleaned three times by snuffing a little water into them and blowing the nose (if necessary).
  4. The complete face is washed with water three times.
  5. The right arm, and then the left, is washed from wrist to elbow.
  6. The head is wiped over with wet hands, and the inner side of the ears wiped with the forefingers and the outer side with the thumbs.
  7. Finally, the feet are washed to the ankles, the right one first.
Taking up this practice not only means you are following an important Islamic commandment, it also helps you maintain the habit of cleanliness and self discipline.

Hudhur stated in his address of Friday Sermon March 20th, 2020 that whereas the whole world is now emphasising the importance of hygiene, this was already encouraged and brought forward by the Holy Prophet(saw), 1400 years ago through the practice of Wudhu.
It is now important that we maintain this practice through these worrying times, so that we look after our physical cleanliness and our bodies, as well as our spiritual cleanliness and our prayers. 
 

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