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Bathing and purfication

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Bathing and purfication

2020. március 21. - 19:07


Tahara, or purity, purification is a great chapter in Islam. This includes physical and mental purity. Before I discuss the subject of purification, I want to make it clear that I'll leave out many subchapters.

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I omit the classification of water used for cleaning and washing, the names of the types of impurities, which are subject to different rules. I will not enter into the details of washing with water and sand (tayammum). Also, I am not talking about compulsory ritual purification (wudu) before prayer, but about bathing, cleansing the whole body. To the people of the 21st century, this seems ridiculously simple, trivial, but keep in mind that in our "advanced" culture, washing hands only became accepted a hundred years ago. It should also be mentioned that the importance of hand washing and sanitizing still needs to be emphasized, no matter what culture we live in, during an epidemic. Let's see how Maimuna bint Harith, the wife of Prophet (peace be upon her), remembers of his bathing habits:

Narrated Maimuna:
I placed water for the bath of the Prophet. He washed his hands twice or thrice and then poured water on his left hand and washed his private parts. He rubbed his hands over the earth (and cleaned them), rinsed his mouth, washed his nose by putting water in it and blowing it out, washed his face and both forearms and then poured water over his body. Then he withdrew from that place and washed his feet.
Sahih, authentic
Sahih al-Bukhari, Book of Bathing (Ghusl), Hadith 257

It's just one hadith out of many. However, each one refers to the cleaning of the two hands several times and then rinsing the nose and mouth. After cleaning the head and hair comes the face and then the whole body. The foot that most often meets the contaminations of the road was cleaned last in a separate place. So, the impurities of the feet could not get to his body or infect anyone else. Of course, I don't mention cleaning of the back and other body openings, which is a separate chapter and I wrote about it earlier. The remembrance of Maimuna is important because the Prophet spent the three years with her before his death, when the practices of Islam had already been established and were generally followed.

As we can see, isolation exists not only between man and man, but also between the different parts of the body, provided that the rule is followed.

And here we come to the question of the day: what are you talking about, sheikh?

Arabia nor Iran could escape the spread of the coronavirus! Then what is this Islamic comedy with Hadith is good for? My answer is: the Islamic world could not escape from the crown virus and neither from the interest-based banking system and the negative effects of environmental pollution and globalization. So, the question is right. However, the mass betrayal of Islamic principles does not mean that the principles are not true!

But, do you allow me to ask you back? Why couldn't Italy, the center of Catholicism, and Israel, the Jewish state, escape? How is it possible that all of these have become epicenters? When I discuss this issue at spiritual level, I tell, while bowing down my head, that we all deserve the punishment. Now it turns out that our priesthoods, clergy, temples, mosques don’t worth a piece of shit. The only thing that worth something is you and your faith. That doesn't need more than you and God.

If we discuss the issue on another level, then follow the media and the measures of governments, authorities. Find your reconciliation and peace in what you are committed to. If you are not in peace and panicking, do it, but do not disturb others.

Once the world-wide panic is over and the events will be evaluated with common sense, we will find that the coronavirus, like so many others, contains many morals. One might be that what God has given us as a Guide is not a nonsense.



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