Cleanliness and washing

The Sunnah is to keep perfume and to use it regularly on oneself. Al-Bukhari narrated that Salman Al-Farsi said: the Prophet S.A.W.S. said

“Allah will forgive the sins of the past week for he who on Friday will take a bath, cleanse himself, put on his (regular) pefrume or any perfume available in house. Then, he goes out (to Jumu’ah prayer) and does not try to separate two friends. The he prays wherever he could and listen to the Imam.”

If the body became odorous a day or two before Friday, one should not wait till Friday to cleanse the body. We should was our bodies as soon as it require washing to keep ourselves clean and fresh.

To take a bath on Friday is specifically required since a large number of people will be gathering at mosques. However, if our body became dirty or we sweat on a particular day, then we should take a bath at the end of day or next morning. This is indicated by a Hadith narrated by Al-Bukhari and Muslim that Abu Huraira said, the Prophet S.A.W.S. said:

“It is the duty of every Muslim to have a bath once every week to wash his head and body.”


Distinct Muslim Appearance

Islam advocates this etiquette and stresses it so as to perfect the Muslim personality and to bring about harmony among people. There is no doubt that adopting such manners and virtues adds beauty to a Muslim’s style, makes his personality attractive and brings him closer to the hearts and minds to others.

The following manners and etiquette form part of the essence of Islam and is from amongst its objectives and aims. Calling it “ëtiquette” by no means implies that it is marginal to life and social behaviour. It does not mean a person has the option of ignoring these practices or that they are merely preferable to adopt.

Imam Al-Qara’fi[Rahimahullah] says in his book ‘Al Furúq’, while discussing the point that manners rank higher than deeds: “Know well that a small amount of etiquette is better than a whole lot of good actions.”

Ruwaim [Rahimahullah], a righteous scholar, told his son, “O my Son! Make your deeds like salt and your manners like flour( referring to the fact that dough consists of more flour than salt ie one should have more manners than deeds). An abundance of manners with few good deeds is better than a multitude of good deeds with a few good manners.”

Even though some of these rules appear to be simple or common sense, it is still important to highlight their significance. Many of us err in these simple deeds which then blemish our Islamic personality, whereas Islam ought to be unique in its beauty, perfection and traits.

On one occasion, our master [Sallallahu álayhi wasallam] advise the Sahabah [Radiallahu anhum], “You are on your way to meet your brothers. Don a good dress and mend your conveyance so that youm appear distinct among people as a beauty spot (on a body). Allah does not like indecency in manner and conduct.” [Sunan Abi dawud, Ahmad and Hákim] Therfore it is important that a muslim be recognised by his excellent attire, his befitting manner and an appearance that is appealing.