Introduction

The religion of Islam has rules of etiquette and a moral code regarding every aspect of life. These apply to the whole community; the old, the young, men and women.

Rasulullah [Sallallahu álayhi wa sallam] said, “Women are the counterparts of men.”[Sunan Abi’ Dawud]

Hence, what is required of men, in adhering to Islamic manners, is required for women; for together they form the Muslim society and it is through them that Islam is portrayed and identified.

Note: These manners encompass even the slightest of acts such as entering, or leaving the toilet and postures of sitting and cleaning one’s self therein.

At the time of Rasulullah [Sallallahu álayhi wa sallam], one of the polytheist mocking said to Sayyidina Salman al Farsi[Radiallahu anhu], “Your Prophet has taught you everything, even the manners of going to the toilet.” Sayyidina Salman al Farsi[Radiallahu anhu] answered,”Yes our Prophet[Sallallahu álayhi wa sallam] forbade us from facing the qiblah when urinating or excreting.” Sayyidina Salman al Farsi[Radiallahu anhu] continued,”The Prophet[Sallallahu álayhi wa sallam] forbade us from using the right hand when cleaning ourselves and commanded us to use atleast three stones for cleaning.”[Sahih Muslim]

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