AN-NADHAFA (CLEANLINESS) -
CLEANSING OF ARMPITS
science has proved that microbes (germs) grow in damp and dark places
where there is also good heat temperature.Human armpit meet these
conditions for the growth and multiplication of microbes.If the hair
growing therein is long , and the sunlight does not fall on it, besides
its washing also takes place after long intervals,the danger is
aggravated.The Holy Prophet (saw) has said;
allow the hair in your armpits to grow because the satan settles there
treating it as its asylum”.
CLEANING OF NAILS
Ja’ffar as-Sadiq (as) has said;
most invisible way through which satan acquires mastery over man is that
it settles under his nails”.
under the nails is a suitable place for the growth of the microbes
because on account of the hands touching food. Besides the moisture of
hands and the natural heat of the body help their maturity and
multiplication which expose man to danger.
CLEANSING OF TEETH
Prophet (saw) has said;
was not afraid that my followers might be faces with hardship and
inconvinience,I would have made obligatory upon them to brush their
teeth before offering their daily prayers”.
Prophet (saw) has also guided us on how to use the toothbrush which the
dental experts also recommend today.
not brush your teeth horizontally but vertically (i.e.from upwards to
a likelihood of microbes entering man’s mouth through air or food or
other means. They take advantage of the presence of wounds, local
wastage or even general weak condition of the body. In so doing, they
cause various diseases like dental caries, pyorrhea and swelling of
gums. Islamic teachings as under are aimed at preventing those dangers.
The Holy Prophet (saw) has said;
toothpick after eating food because it keeps the mouth healthy and
protects the teeth from decay and desruction. Whoever uses toothpick
after eating food should not devour what comes out by means of the
as-Sadiq (as) has said;
eat the particles of food which come out from between the teeth by means
of a toothpick because they are the causes of ulcer”.
see how Islam emphasizes on tooth brushing and keeping the space between
the teeth clean to avoid any cause of harm.One such cause can be the
acid produced from chemical process of food particles remaining between
teeth, which, when going down the stomach can cause ulcer.
MOUTH AND NOSTRIL
Countless number of harmful microbes exist in the air and as man
breathes about a number of times in a minute, some air containing these
harmful microbes pass through his mouth and nostrils and they become a
place for their thriving.Hence the recommended act of washing mouth and
nostrils during wudhoo before every prayer helps to cleanse them.The
Holy Prophet (saw) has said;
person must endeavour to perform MAZMAZA (rinsing of mouth) with clean
water and ISTINSHAQ ( drawing up water in to the nostrils) because this
act purifies the mouth and banishes the foul smell”.
CLEANSING HOME AND ITS
rules and recommendations also refer to one’s home and its
sorroundings.The Holy Prophet (saw) has said;
“Sweep the space infront of your
house and keep it clean ……”
“Do not allow the sweepings and rubbish to
remain in your house during the night because they are the abode of
“Allowing the spider’s web to remain in the
room brings poverty and keeping rubbish in the house after sweeping
(also) brings indigence”
taking a meal, leaving the debris unwashed, allowing the spiders webs to
remain in the house and leaving water containers without cover brings
Obviously the above mentioned allow harmful germs to thrive and multiply
and ultimately causing sickness to people residing in the place.
contains excerpts from the notes of Marhum Ahmed H.Sheriff. Readers are
requested to remember the Marhum with the recitation of Al-Fatihah.
Mulla Mujaheedali Sheriff