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The Muslim Character: Cleanliness

Prophet Muhammad was the embodiment of cleanness and purity. Learn how our beloved Prophet was keen to stress the importance of cleanliness in Islam as brother AbdelRahman Murphy reflects on this hadith…

Cleanness and purity, both spiritually and physically, are of the key issues that Islam cared about and stressed:

For Allah loves those who turn to Him constantly and He loves those who keep themselves pure and clean. (Al-Baqarah 2:222)

Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was the embodiment of cleanness and purity.

Abu Bakr said, “I heard the Prophet saying: “ask Allah Almighty for perfect faith and sound health, no one ever gets anything, after perfect faith, better than sound health”. (Ahmad)

Wudu’ (ablution) is a condition for Muslims’ five daily prayers. This is how Allah describes wudu’ in the Qur’an:

O you who believe, when you rise up for prayer, wash your faces and your hands up to the elbows, and (lightly) rub your heads and (wash) your feet up to the ankles. (Al-Ma’idah 5:6)

Prayer will not be valid unless the parts of the body more susceptible to dirt are washed; ablution.

The Sunnah greatly emphasizes cleanliness as the Prophet said:

“Islam is clean and pure, so clean and purify yourselves for a person will not enter Paradise unless they are clean and pure.”

Learn how Prophet Muhammad was concerned with personal cleanliness as brother AbdelRahman Murphy reflects on the above hadith


By Hanif Kruger

BIO for Hanif Kruger

Hanif is the manager at the Assistive Technology Centre of the South African National Council for the Blind with more than 30 years of experience in the assistive technology and IT fields. Hanif’s passion is assistive technology and advocating for key issues affecting people with disabilities and more specifically the blind and vision impaired. He shares his love for Assistive Technologies through sharing information through his work and via social media and relevant events in order to spread the knowledge and awareness around new technologies and the challenges relating to AT for PWDs. A strong believer in the rights of persons with disabilities and the philosophy of “nothing about us without us”, he regularly push for the affordability and accessability of AT and matching the correct assistive technology solutions with a person in order for them to reach their full capacity. Hanif enjoys a good Netflix and Apple TV+ binge but can also be found walking both his guide dogs looking for cookies .

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