Cleanliness and beauty are teachings by Islam

Cleanliness and Beautification Are Characteristics of Islam

Moslimdaily |Before directing its attention to the question of adornment and good appearance, Islam addressed itself in considerable depth to the question of cleanliness, for cleanliness is the essence of good appearance and the beauty of every adornment.

It is reported that the Prophet (pbuh) said : “Cleanse yourself, for Islam is cleanliness.” Cleanliness invites toward faith, and faith leads one who has it to Paradise.

The Prophet (pbuh) placed a great emphasis on keeping the body, clothing, houses, and streets clean, and he laid special stress on cleaning the teeth, hands, and hair. This emphasis on cleanliness is not to be wondered at in a religion which makes cleanliness the key to its principal form of worship.

Prayer, for the Muslim’s Prayer, is not acceptable unless his body, clothing, and the place where he performs his Prayer, are all clean. In addition to this requirement, there are the obligatory types of cleansing, either of the entire body in the form of ghusl (washing the whole body), or of those parts of the body which are exposed to dirt, in the form of wudu’ (ablution for Prayer).

The desert environment of Arabia and the nomadic life of its people were not very conductive to cleanliness and refinement, and most of them neglected these aspects. The Prophet (pbuh), with his lively instruction and to-the-point admonition, gradually led them out of their uncouth habits and taught them refinement and civil manners.

Cleanliness and beauty are teachings by Islam
Cleanliness and beauty are teachings by Islam

 

Once a man approached the Prophet (pbuh) with his hair and beard disheveled. The Prophet (pbuh) made some gestures as if asking the man to comb his hair. He did so, and when he returned the Prophet (pbuh) said to him,

“Is this not better than that one should come with disheveled hair. Looking like a devil”

On another occasion the Prophet (pbuh) saw a man with unkempt hair and remarked, “Does he have nothing with which he may comb his hair?” Upon seeing another man with dirty clothes he remarked, “Can he not find anything with which he may wash his clothes.”

A man came to the Prophet (pbuh) wearing cheap-looking garments. “Do you have property?” the Prophet (pbuh) asked him. “Yes,” the man replied. “What kind of property?” asked the Prophet (pbuh). “Allah has given me from all kinds of property,” he said. The Prophet (pbuh) then said to him, “Since Allah has given you property, let Him see the effects of His favor and bounty upon you.”

The Prophet insisted that people come to general gatherings, such as the Friday and the Id prayers, nicely dressed and well-groomed. He said,

“If you can afford it, it is befitting that you wear garments other than your working clothes to Friday prayer.”

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