Pure Religion

344721_sweet_as_honey.jpgAssalamu-Alaykum (Peace be Upon you)

Picture the scene:

Your standing in line at the supermarket, when all of a sudden, your attention is distracted by a wafting smell…

This smell, turns out to be quite disgusting and nauseating, so you turn around to find somebody standing in line behind you. Somebody who obviously hasn’t taken the trouble to take care of all the necessary bodily hygiene requirements to make him or her fit for public display – eurgh!!

Ok ok, joking aside, it is true that being clean and hygienic is part of common sense – if you look good you feel good, etc, etc. But yes, it is extremely important in humans because it is one of the distinguishing traits which separate us from animals (and don’t say, ‘well what about cats’?!).

So it is no surprise to learn that Islam teaches that cleanliness is half of Faith. That is why a study of the life of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) reveals the attention to detail the Prophet (PBUH) paid to cleanliness in his lifestyle.

From the clothes that he wore right through to the way he emphasised the washing of the private parts after urinating and excretion, the lesson to be learnt from the lifestyle of the Prophet (PBUH) is one of cleanliness and purity.

And that’s it ….. well, not quite.

You see, because Islam is a way of life which corresponds to the nature of man and not against it, the Prophet (PBUH) also taught, and Allah has also commanded, internal purity as well as external purity.

Let alone backbiting and slander, even thinking of a person as lowly is forbidden in Islam (now think of all the press and tabloid reports we read which are full of nothing but controversy and criticism).

After all we are all made of the same flesh and blood and we all have the same basic needs, desires, and we all share the same basic weaknesses and limitations of being a human being.

So, once again I invite my readers to take a step back, Muslim and non-Muslim, because we are all human beings, and welcome you to Islam – the religion of the pure.

And Allah knows best.

Ma’as-salaam

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