- There is a popular and common saying which cuts across all religions that ‘Cleanliness is next to Godliness’
- Every human appreciates cleanliness, however, so many human beings are not clean at heart, body, soul, spirit and mind
- In Islaam, cleanliness of the inner and outer body is not joked with as a Muslim, who is clean in both the inner and outer body, has easier access to getting his prayers answered than a filthy one.
Both the Glorious Qur’an and the Hadeeth of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon his noble soul) explicitly drew the attention of all Muslims in Islaam to the subject of cleanliness.
An example of one of the Aayaat (verses) of the Glorious Qur’an on Cleanliness is the last part of Suuratu Taobah, Aya 108 (that is chapter 9 verse 108), where Almighty Allaah said that, “Allaah loves those who are clean (both at heart and body).
More so, one of the Ahaadeeth (plural of Hadeeth) of Prophet Muhammad stated that “surely Allaah loves cleanliness, and He (Allaah) will not accept anything (be it supplications, prayers, charity, etc) except in a state of cleanliness.”
It should be stressed here that a Muslim who appears dirty, smelling and tattered is not representing what Islaam stands for as far as cleanliness is concerned. Cleanliness is not about borrowing money to buy a new cloth, but washing and the ironing the few cloths you have.
Furthermore, cleanliness in Islaam is having positive thoughts and being sincere with all persons. It is about smelling nice and appearing neat. It is about love and care from a pure heart, as well as kindness and compassion to all human beings, animals and plants.
In conclusion, be it where a Muslim lives, works, cooks, baths, prays and so on and so forth, cleanliness of all these mentioned places, must be number one on the scale of preference of such a Muslim.