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maintaining cleanliness an Islamic Perspective
Islamic life has given a big place to cleanliness. According to the Holy Quran and Sunnah, it’s an another aspect of talking about cleanliness. Cleanliness is Islam vise versa Islam is cleanliness. Prophet SAW(peace be upon him) In a Hadith said: "Cleanliness is half of faith." So what’s meant by this hadeeth, half part of our Eman is completed by cleanliness. In the Holy Quran, there are a number of verses which shed light at the importance of cleanliness.
Allah Subhanahuthaala in his Holy Quran says "Truly, Allah loves those who turn to Him constantly and He loves those who keep themselves pure and clean." (Sura Al Baqarah 2:222) As the Holy Quran mentioned certainly Allah loves people who make thowba and who maintain cleanliness.
In fact, Islam divides cleanliness into two as the inner and the outer. The inner cleanliness considers about the mind and the soul of a Muslim while the outer cleanliness considers the body, dress, and place of a person and so on. Everyday a Muslim should keep his body clean. He should maintain a neat and tidy place. That’s why there is a word called “Miswak” in Arab, brushing before ablution and it’s a Sunnah which was taught by our prophet Muhammad SAW to his ummah. In a hadith The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "The Miswak (tooth-stick) cleanses and purifies the mouth and pleases Allah." According to this hadith brushing teeth is another way of getting satisfaction of Allah.
Our prophet Muhammad SAW insisted us to take a bath once a week and to go to Jummah prayer. Further he said that it is must to bathe before Jummah prayer to each and every aged attended. As well as before we go to prayer five times a day we must take ablution. There is a famous saying "Purity is the key to prayer."
Like wise, a Muslim must keep his cloth clean. According to the teachings of Islam we should always keep our clothes neat and clean. Allah speaks to Prophet Muhamaad SAW in Sura Al Mudhdhasir “Keep your clothes clean."
A Muslim cannot offer his prayers with unclean body, clothes or using dirty premises. Therefore we must keep our surroundings clean as well. As we keep our body and clothes clean we must keep clean our home environment as well as our school environment, classroom and the paths we use. We should maintain a healthy environment to maintain a wealthy life by maintaining cleanliness everywhere. As we maintain our mosque clean we must keep clean the big mosque which has been made for us to pray everywhere that is our earth. Because the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “The earth has been made for me a place of prostration and a means of purification”.
Islam instructed Muslims to maintain the cleanliness of the roads and streets. So we must not throw waste and litter in the ways that people use. The Prophet (Peace be upon him) strictly warned against it and considered it one of the reasons to provoke Allah's curse and the people's curse. At last but not least cleanliness is friendliness. Let’s protect our earth from untidy and live keeping clean. Allah may shower his mercy on us.