Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “Allah Ta’ala is Pure and likes Purity, He is Clean and likes Cleanliness, He is Generous and likes Generosity, He is Hospitable and loves Hospitality, so clean your courtyards and do not resemble the Jews.” (Tirmidhi)
One of the very essential characteristics of a Muslim regarding himself and his home is cleanliness. When a Muslim is particular about cleanliness and purification, he is distinguished from other people. To achieve purity and cleanliness of the soul, a Muslim has to start by purifying his body, clothes, furniture and other things.
Furthermore every Muslim should choose a place in his house for Salaah and Ibaadah. This is so that he may be able to carry out the necessary Ibaadaat such as salaah, tilaawat of the Qur’aan, zikr etc. with great care.
Muslims should also take note of the following:
- One should educate one’s family not to throw anything (Papers, etc) except in the wastebasket. The kitchen waste should be thrown in to a wastebasket and then put into a special box out of the reach of the children. When it is disposed of, it should be carefully washed, cleaned and replaced. It must be taken care that the dirt from the kitchen should not be thrown in the drain because it may block it. It is advisable to put a small filter in the sink to prevent this.
- Clothes should be washed early in the morning, preferably after Ishraaq salaah. This is so that one may have enough time to dry the clothes properly and thereafter iron them.
- There should be specific times for sweeping and cleaning the house. This should suit the situation of the household members. Preferably at a time when the men are at work and the children are at school.
- Household members should organize times during the day or week when they can bath. Friday is the most preferred day. Using the Miswaak everyday is also advisable to keep the teeth strong and clean. It also keeps the mouth sweet smelling and assists a person to recite the kalimah at the time of his death.
- Household members should get rid of the garbage in such a way which does not hurt themselves nor their neighbours.
- Ventilating the kitchen and the bathroom keeps them fresh and prevents rotten smells that may emanate from them. The toilets must be properly cleaned, at least every second day because it is a place where many diseases emanate.
- The household members should be careful in aspects of cleanliness and purification. One must not become careless as this can lead to neglecting of religious duties. Children should be taught the easy duties of cleanliness that Allah Ta’ala has ordered us such as the etiquettes of using the toilet, istinjaa, clipping ones nails etc.
- At least once a year all the furniture should be removed and the entire house should be spring cleaned. This is to prevent germs and mites settling in remote corners of the house.
- Household members should also be taught to keep their cupboards and drawers neat and tidy. Daily the ironing etc. should be packed away neatly. Clothing should never be dumped into the drawers.
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