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Importance of Cleanliness, Neatness, and Purity in Islam

Cleanliness, Neatness, and Purity is the basic human need and it’s among the best manners that a man can possess. The importance of cleanliness, neatness, and purity in Islam is exceptional. In fact, Hazrat Muhammad (SAWW) said in a hadith; (description) for a believer, purity and neatness are half of the Faith i.e., Iman. In other words, faith partly consists of purity in one’s soul and partly in keeping the body physically clean and pure. The body’s purity and neatness mean keeping it clear of all the external filth and adorning it with the neatness of good manners. For pilgrims arriving in Saudia Arabia with hajj packages from UK and other countries, it’s necessary to assume the ‘State of Ihram’ (absolute physical purity) in order to be able to perform the holy rituals of the pilgrimage.

Here are some of the general guidelines to keep yourself neat and clean at all times.

Wash your hands and face as first thing in the morning.

When you wake up in the morning, the first thing you must do is wash your hands and face. Brush your teeth and never rush to eating breakfast. In fact, if your stomach is under pressure; relieve yourself with urine or stool before eating or drinking anything.

Have your meals with your right hand.

When eating or drinking anything, always use your right hand as the left hand is used to clean the body’s dirt. Despite, it’s sunnah act to use the right hand for eating as well.

Bathe daily and Perform Ghusl when necessary.

It’s advised to bathe daily especially if you live in a hot climatic region i.e., it keeps the sweat and smell off from your body as well as helps in keeping you fresh. It’s advised to perform Ghusl when necessary. Otherwise, you are unable to offer your prayers or do any sort of act of worship.

Offer Daily Salah.

Offering Daily Salah is obligatory on every Muslim as the 2nd pillar of the Islamic faith. There are a lot of benefits to it one of which is cleanliness. When a Muslim practices its daily Salah, he/she would obviously make Wudhu first. So, you are washing your face, hands, feet, etc. five times a day! What else level of hygiene one might wish to have than this?

Oral hygiene is as much important as physical hygiene.

One should also take exceptional care of oral hygiene as well. Therefore, brush your teeth twice a day and rinse your mouth with water after every meal. Use mouthwash for bad breath and also do Miswak. Keeping your teeth neat and clean is very important not only for your oral hygiene but also for your physical health.

Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing.

Whenever you cough or sneeze, always make sure that you cover your mouth with a tissue or cloth and do it away from others if you are present in a group of people.

These are some of the basic yet important tips for cleanliness and purity.