الهدي النبوي في النظافة الشخصية وآثارها الصحية (دراسة تحليلة) The Prophet's guidance in personal hygiene and its health effects (Analytical Study ( Section Islamic Literature
Islam is a religion of cleanliness and purification, that’s why it preaches the message of cleanliness and purity to its followers. Islam not only lays stress on matter of cleanliness but it goes beyond that and declared cleanliness as half of the faith, and Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Cleanliness is half of faith”
Assessing the importance of purification in Islam ,Islam declared ablution as pre-condition of Islam’s most important obligation “Salaat/prayer” .Likewise clothes and the place where prayer is offered should be spick and span, too .Without these important conditions prayers is not acceptable.
In some circumstances taking bath is declared compulsory for an instance “ghusl e Janiah” and for women, after menstruation and lochia it is obligatory to get purified by having bath etc.
In the same way, for some cases taking bath is mustahab for example taking bath for Eid and Juma prayers etc.
Islam insists on washing hands and mouth before taking meals and also ordains to gargle after meals and preaches us to keep utensils clean and tidy.
Affirming the value of ‘Miswaak” Islam has declared it as a source of attaining God’s blessing. Attiring clean and tidy clothes and applying the antimony to eyes ar also highly recommended acts and very encouraged by Islam.
On the other hand, Islam pieces emphasis on taking care of hygiene. And cleanliness plays the role of back bone in maintaining good hygienic environment, Accordingly there are numerous Hadiths regarding purification and cleanliness.