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Aleena Majeed
Aleena Majeed
The Punjab School
Cleanliness Is Half Faith
Published On Dec 13th 2010
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                       CLEANLINESS IS HALF FAITH
Cleanliness is the absence of dirt, including dust, stains, bad smells and garbage.Purposes of cleanliness include health, beauty and to avoid the spreading of dirt and contaminants to oneself and others.Muslims throughout the world have extremely high standards of personal hygiene, because Islam places great emphasis on both physical and spiritual, cleanliness and purification.On the physical side, Islam requires the Muslim to clean his body,clothes,  house, and the whole community, and he is rewarded by God for doing so.
In the Holy Quran, there are a number of verses which shed light at the importance of cleanliness: 
"Truly, Allah loves those who turn to Him constantly and He loves those who keep themselves pure and clean." (Al Baqarah 2:222)
While people generally consider cleanliness a desirable attribute, Islam insists on it , making it an indispensible fundamental of the faith.
 Prophet (peace be upon him) In a Hadith h said: 
 "Cleanliness is half of faith."
The importance of cleanliness can be estimated from the fact that the books of Hadith as well as the Fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) start with a chapter on cleanliness. There are two terms used in Islamic literature: taharah and nazafah. Taharah (Cleanliness from physical impurities) is required by Islam to be observed by each and every Muslim in his and her daily life while nazafah (neatness) is a desirable attribute. 
 According to scholars, cleanliness is of three kinds,:
 purification, or ritual washing in order to perform prayer; keeping the body, clothing, and environment clean; and specifically removing the dirt or grime that collects in the various parts of the body, such as teeth, nostrils and under the nails.
 A famous saying is:
"Purity is the key to prayer."
There are two kinds of cleanliness; physical and spiritual. As far as physical cleanliness is concerned, it is of two types. One which is related to human body and the other is related to environment, water, house, road and public places etc.
According to the teachings of Islam we should always keep our clothes neat and clean. it is not necessary that our dress sholud be expensive,it might be cheap but should be neat and clean.
In the Holy Quran it is said:
"Keep your clothes clean." (74:4) 
If we clean our bodies and our surroundings we will be free form many kinds of diseases. Clean food, cooked in the clean pot and served in the clean dishes, will give us health and happiness. If we clean our bodies regularly, our complexion will be brighter. We will look fit and smart. If we wear clean dress our mind will be happy. Cleanliness gives us a cheerful mind.
The duty bond to Muslims is to keep the nails clipped and keep the  public areas neat and clean as a matter of routine practice.
a Muslim cannot offer his prayers with unclean body, clothes or using dirty premises. They are asked to use clean water and keep it safe from impurities and pollution. The particular chapter of taharah starts with the classification of water and goes on to describe how water gets impure or polluted. 
 Islam instructed Muslims to maintain the cleanliness of the roads and streets. This is considered a charity to ridding the streets of impurities and filth. 
The Prophet (Peace be upon him) strictly warned against it and considered it one of the reasons to provoke Allah's curse and the people's curse, saying:
 "Beware of the three acts that cause others to curse you: relieving yourselves in a watering place, on foot paths or shaded places." (Abu Dawud, No 26)
The holy Prophet also said:
"Removing any harm from the road is charity (that will be rewarded by Allah)." (Bukhari)
 The biggest benefit of cleanliness is that we are free from diseases
Someone has rightly said:
"One, who maintains cleanliness keeps away diseases."
Apart from physical cleanliness, Islam emphasizes on spiritual cleanliness. This means that one should be free from  free bad habbits,  ill manners, love of wealth, love of fame and other carnal desires. The emphasis in Islam is more on the cleanliness of the inner-self that is heart, mind and soul. The external cleaning process and rituals in reality are the preparatory ground work to obtain the more important task and that is cleanliness of the inner-self, which is the ultimate goal of the religion.
 Clean clothes and clean minds are an ideal combination.
There is saying. 
"Cleanliness is next to Godliness".
Another famous saying is:
"Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world."
In the Holy Quran it is said:
"Truly, God loves those who turn unto Him in repentance and loves those who purify themselves."
In view of the significance of cleanliness in Islam, Muslims should have the highest standard of cleanliness and personal hygiene of all the people in the world. But, it is highly regrettable that the heap of garbage has become an identity of Muslim homes and localities. The Muslim majority areas are marked with unhygienic and unhealthy conditions.
Islam is a holistic religion that takes into account humankind’s need for a balance between physical, emotional, and spiritual health and well-being.  Personal hygiene and cleanliness, both physical and spiritual, keeps both the body and mind free from disease. Cleanliness is an important part of the high standards and values that are inherent in Islam.So, we all should follow these noble words based on Cleanliness to achieve a place of honour in society!
Cleanliness is the absence of dirt, including dust, stains, bad smells and garbage.Purposes of cleanliness include health, beauty and to avoid the spreading of dirt and contaminants to oneself and others.Muslims throughout the world have extremely high standards of personal hygiene, because Islam places great emphasis on both physical and spiritual, cleanliness and purification.On the physical side, Islam requires the Muslim to clean his body,clothes,  house, and the whole community, and he is rewarded by God for doing so.In the Holy Quran, there are a number of verses which shed light at the importance of cleanliness: "Truly, Allah loves those who turn to Him constantly and He loves those who keep themselves pure and clean." (Al Baqarah 2:222)While people generally consider cleanliness a desirable attribute, Islam insists on it , making it an indispensible fundamental of the faith. Prophet (peace be upon him) In a Hadith h said:  "Cleanliness is half of faith."The importance of cleanliness can be estimated from the fact that the books of Hadith as well as the Fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) start with a chapter on cleanliness. There are two terms used in Islamic literature: taharah and nazafah. Taharah (Cleanliness from physical impurities) is required by Islam to be observed by each and every Muslim in his and her daily life while nazafah (neatness) is a desirable attribute.  According to scholars, cleanliness is of three kinds,: purification, or ritual washing in order to perform prayer; keeping the body, clothing, and environment clean; and specifically removing the dirt or grime that collects in the various parts of the body, such as teeth, nostrils and under the nails. A famous saying is:"Purity is the key to prayer."There are two kinds of cleanliness; physical and spiritual. As far as physical cleanliness is concerned, it is of two types. One which is related to human body and the other is related to environment, water, house, road and public places etc.According to the teachings of Islam we should always keep our clothes neat and clean. it is not necessary that our dress sholud be expensive,it might be cheap but should be neat and clean.In the Holy Quran it is said:"Keep your clothes clean." (74:4) If we clean our bodies and our surroundings we will be free form many kinds of diseases. Clean food, cooked in the clean pot and served in the clean dishes, will give us health and happiness. If we clean our bodies regularly, our complexion will be brighter. We will look fit and smart. If we wear clean dress our mind will be happy. Cleanliness gives us a cheerful mind.The duty bond to Muslims is to keep the nails clipped and keep the  public areas neat and clean as a matter of routine practice.a Muslim cannot offer his prayers with unclean body, clothes or using dirty premises. They are asked to use clean water and keep it safe from impurities and pollution. The particular chapter of taharah starts with the classification of water and goes on to describe how water gets impure or polluted.  Islam instructed Muslims to maintain the cleanliness of the roads and streets. This is considered a charity to ridding the streets of impurities and filth. The Prophet (Peace be upon him) strictly warned against it and considered it one of the reasons to provoke Allah's curse and the people's curse, saying: "Beware of the three acts that cause others to curse you: relieving yourselves in a watering place, on foot paths or shaded places." (Abu Dawud, No 26)The holy Prophet also said:"Removing any harm from the road is charity (that will be rewarded by Allah)." (Bukhari) The biggest benefit of cleanliness is that we are free from diseasesSomeone has rightly said:"One, who maintains cleanliness keeps away diseases."Apart from physical cleanliness, Islam emphasizes on spiritual cleanliness. This means that one should be free from  free bad habbits,  ill manners, love of wealth, love of fame and other carnal desires. The emphasis in Islam is more on the cleanliness of the inner-self that is heart, mind and soul. The external cleaning process and rituals in reality are the preparatory ground work to obtain the more important task and that is cleanliness of the inner-self, which is the ultimate goal of the religion. Clean clothes and clean minds are an ideal combination.There is saying. "Cleanliness is next to Godliness".Another famous saying is:"Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world."In the Holy Quran it is said:"Truly, God loves those who turn unto Him in repentance and loves those who purify themselves."In view of the significance of cleanliness in Islam, Muslims should have the highest standard of cleanliness and personal hygiene of all the people in the world. But, it is highly regrettable that the heap of garbage has become an identity of Muslim homes and localities. The Muslim majority areas are marked with unhygienic and unhealthy conditions.Islam is a holistic religion that takes into account humankind’s need for a balance between physical, emotional, and spiritual health and well-being.  Personal hygiene and cleanliness, both physical and spiritual, keeps both the body and mind free from disease. Cleanliness is an important part of the high standards and values that are inherent in Islam.So, we all should follow these noble words based on Cleanliness to achieve a place of honour in society!
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SAS Its jus' Awesome Including hadeeths and ayaats Fantastic words use Sas
Oct 14th 2016
 
 
Zernab GOOD EFFORTS!!!!!!! YOU MADE EVERYONE SPEECHLESS. Zernab
Mar 12th 2011
 
 
Fatima Its good! Fatima
Jan 21st 2011
 
 
BILAL Aleena this is just....................... Bilal
Jan 20th 2011
 
 
Aleena Thank you all of you! Aleena
Jan 16th 2011
 
 
barbie I like your article! Barbie
Jan 16th 2011
 
 
ali This is very good! Ali
Jan 16th 2011
 
 
faih This is nice article! Faih
Jan 16th 2011
 
 
misbah Aleena this article is of 1st position not of second! Misbah
Jan 16th 2011
 
 
izza Hi aleena! this is just ...............! i dont have words Izza
Jan 16th 2011
 
 
ayesha Ai am speechless! Ayesha
Jan 16th 2011
 
 
amna Aleena this is fabulous! Amna
Jan 16th 2011
 
 
Aleena Hello viewers! I have written this article in my essay writing competition and have won 2nd position. please comment on it! Aleena
Dec 17th 2010
 
 

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