‘Cleanliness is a key part of Islamic faith’

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Congregants were reminded to uphold cleanliness and hygiene, as doing so is a main part of the Islamic faith.

Imams said yesterday during the Friday sermon that “minding one’s cleanliness is an integral characteristic of a man of faith” and that this fact was attested to by Prophet Muhammad (SAW) in a hadith where he said “cleanliness is half of faith”.

Imams across the sultanate reminded congregants that scholars would initiate their discourses with a chapter dedicated solely to a discussion on taharah, which is all about cleanliness.

“This in itself speaks volumes of the sheer importance of cleanliness in all matters of life, particularly when carrying out deeds of worship,” they said.

In relation to prayers, imams urged worshippers to make sure that their persons, clothing and place of worship are clean and devoid of filth and impurities.

“Should this be taken lightly, it would mar the perfection of their prayers,” imams warned.

The Muslim ummah were also told to be sensitive and responsible in ensuring that places of worship like mosques and suraus are kept clean from trash and even foul odours.

“According to a hadith, the mosque cannot be defiled by excrement and filth as it is a place of remembrance of Allah SWT and reading of al-Quran,” imams said, adding that facilities provided like toilets should also be well looked after.

Imams said “trimming the moustache, clipping the nails and plucking hairs are sunat practices” whereby great benefits are derived from such acts including promoting good health, shielding one from illnesses, representing the Muslim symbol of beauty and keeping the sunnah alive.

Imams said that physical and spiritual cleanliness can also be achieved and sustained through performing specific religious rituals such as making wudhu (ablution), establishing prayers and fasting.

The performance of wudhu commands a unique status in the sight of Allah SWT, as it is the first ritual obligation before a Muslim conducts the most noblest act, which is the prayer.

“(The act of wudhu calms one’s soul as well as helping towards directing our rapt concentration during prayers. Additionally, the water used for wudhu doesn’t just invigorate the body but also gives us the energy required to carry out our prayers to completion,” imams said, adding that through wudhu, Muslims are able to cleanse parts of the body from dust and bacterial infections.

Imams said those who are in a perpetual state of wudhu will gain manifold rewards from Allah SWT which include an elevation of status and rank in His sight along with the promise of paradise in the hereafter.

The Brunei Times