Cleanliness Makes Up Half Of The Faith
“Allah is good, loves what is good; He is clean, loves cleanliness; He is generous, loves generosity.”
(Muslim, Iman, 147; Tirmidhi, Adab, 41)
Dear brothers and sisters,
Our Prophet Muhammad (saw) received a revelation for the first time in the Cave of Hira. The second revelation was the following verses, “O you who covers himself with a garment. Arise and warn. And glorify your Lord. And purify your clothing. And avoid uncleanliness.” These verses of the Surah al-Muddaththir tell Prophet Muhammad (saw) to keep his clothing and body clean in the material sense, and purify himself in the spiritual sense by avoiding superstitions and committing sins. This is because cleanliness, which is one of the most fundamental qualities of Muslims, denotes having a clean body, clothes free from dirt, as well as a peaceful heart. Therefore, the Prophet Muhammad explains the relation between cleanliness on the outside and faith in heart as follows, “Cleanliness makes up half of the faith.”
People who are not clean and who wear unclean clothes, have disorderly hair and beard, and untidy homes are not only welcome by other people but also by Allah. This is because it is only possible through being clean to duly worship Allah and obtain His approval. Let us not forget that wudu and ghusl make up a unique system of cleanliness and the prerequisite for many worships, particularly salah. Paying due attention to cleanliness after using the toilet, mouth and nail care, and having a bath at least once a week on Fridays are among the Sunnah of our Prophet (saw).
The coronavirus that threatens all corners of the world cause mass casualties. Let us ensure that we have taken every measure to protect ourselves against the epidemic of coronavirus. Let us pay attention to the principles of cleanliness more than ever. Let us wash our hands with soap and water several times a day. Let us not touch our eyes, nose, or mouth if our hands are not clean. Let us stay hydrated for our body not to get weak.
Jobayer Al Mahmud, Istanbul, Turkey