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Importance of Cleanliness

Praise be to Allah.

Health is a gift from Allah to His creations; it is not permissible for any reasonable person to do anything that harms his health and leads him to perdition. Therefore, maintaining cleanliness in our daily life is the essential act for good health. Every person is responsible for the cleanliness of himself and the environment around him as well. Islam has urged to maintain cleanliness, and one of the most used methods of Islam to maintain cleanliness is the daily ablution for more than five times. Shaving hair and cutting nails constantly as well as the removal of harmful object from the road are also teachings reflecting the attention given by Islam to cleanness. There are many verses in the Quran which discuss cleanliness. For example,

{إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ التَّوَّابِينَ وَيُحِبُّ الْمُتَطَهِّرِينَ} (البقرة:222).

{Indeed, Allah loves those who are constantly repentant and loves those who purify themselves} (Qur’an 2:222).

{لَا تَقُمْ فِيهِ أَبَدًا ۚ لَّمَسْجِدٌ أُسِّسَ عَلَى التَّقْوَىٰ مِنْ أَوَّلِ يَوْمٍ أَحَقُّ أَن تَقُومَ فِيهِ ۚ فِيهِ رِجَالٌ يُحِبُّونَ أَن يَتَطَهَّرُوا ۚ وَاللَّهُ يُحِبُّ الْمُطَّهِّرِينَ} (التوبة:108).

{Do not stand [for prayer] within it - ever. A mosque founded on righteousness from the first day is more worthy for you to stand in. In it are men who love to purify themselves; and Allah loves those who purify themselves} (Qur’an 9:108).

Depending on the type of things, we can divide cleanliness into various types such as cleaning of clothes, cleaning of streets, cleaning of our surroundings, cleaning of houses, cleaning of person, personal cleanliness, etc. In order to maintain our personal cleanliness, we need to practice cleanliness very carefully and make it a most important habit. It is very necessary to maintain the cleanliness of our surroundings together with our personal cleanliness. We should understand the importance of cleanliness and do practice cleaning ourselves and our surrounding areas.

Finally, we should not neglect the internal cleanliness. Physical cleanliness keeps us clean from the outside and gives us the feeling of wellbeing with confidence. However, the internal cleanliness keeps us mentally peaceful and away from anxiety. Internal cleanliness means a mind absence of dirty, bad and negative thinking. Keeping the heart, body and mind clean and peaceful is the complete cleanliness. The Prophet Muhammad  (peace be upon him) would always supplicate to Allah to purify his soul, he used to say:

[اللهم آت نفسي تقواها، وزكها أنت خير من زكاها، أنت وليها ومولاها].

[O Allah! Grant me the sense of piety and purify my soul as You are the Best to purify it. You are its Guardian and its Protecting Friend] (Sahih Muslim 2722). 

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