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Hygiene Inventions

Cleanliness is a part of faith and Islam lays great importance on cleanliness and hygiene. Wudu, using the siwak, etc. are all a part of Islamic practices to keep us clean and tidy. Personal cleanliness and cleanliness of the surrounding is emphasized for example; when we pray, an important condition for Salah, is a clean place. The Muslims knowing the importance of cleanliness have contributed a great deal to the present hygienic practices and objects of the world during the golden age, so let us read about some of them.

  1. Al- Jazari wrote a book called The Book of Knowledge of Ingenious Mechanical Devices which included robotic wudhu machines, which resembles the current water taps. What you had to do is tap the head to make water pour in eight short spurts, which was enough for one to do Wudhu.
  2. They made soaps by mixing olive oil with al-qali (salt like substance), it was boiled and then left to harden.
  3. Al-Zahrawi in his medical book Al-Tasrif dedicated a complete chapter to cosmetics called The Medicines of Beauty. He described beautification of hair, skin, teeth whitening and gum strengthening all within the boundaries of Islam.
  4. Al-Zahrawi included nasal sprays, mouthwashes, and hand creams, perfumed sticks rolled and pressed similar to roll-on deodorants.
  5. He also named medicated cosmetics like hair-removing sticks, as well as hair dyes and lotions for straightening curly hair.
  6. He also discussed benefits of suntan lotions.
  7. Al-Kindi wrote a book on perfumes which contained hundred recipes for fragrant oils, salves, aromatic waters, and substitutes or imitations of costly drugs.
  8. Muslim chemists also distilled plants and flowers, making perfumes and substances for therapeutic pharmacy.

These processes and ideas of the Muslims filtered into Europe via merchants, travelers, and the Crusaders.

Now we know the forebearers of hygienic practices and innovations!


Beauty Tips From the Sunnah

Winter may not be the weather in which to beautify yourself. I mean, all one wants to do is wrap up warm and stay cosy…perhaps spending the day lousing around in bed. But, the ability to do this is a rarity, the chores of the day calls us despite the dull weather, and we are left with no choice but to smile, suck it all in, and get moving. Notwithstanding the cold weather, a good way to revive oneself, is to invest in yourself. By that, I mean to beautify yourself. In the wake of today’s beauty hype, that somehow still runs during the winter, it is upon us to learn from our roots, from the Sunnah left behind by the Prophet peace and blessings be upon him.

  • The Right side: No matter what care routine you decide to take up this winter, ensure you begin on the right side, even for something as simple as brushing your hair.

The Prophet (ﷺ) used to like to start from the right side on wearing shoes, combing his hair

and cleaning himself and on doing anything else. (Bukhari)

Whilst we may not see the benefits of this here, in following with the Prophetic Sunnah, there’ll be something for it in the hereafter.

  • Clipping the nails: long nails only cause dirt build up underneath and are unhygienic.

The prophet taught us, “To shave the pubic hair, to clip the nails and to cut the moustaches short, are characteristics of the Fitra.” (Bukhari)

  • Removing unwanted hair: hair stipulated to be removed by the Shari’ah is also part of our Fitrah as mentioned in the hadith above.
  • Trimming the moustache: no one wants to eat their facial hair along with their dinner…
  • Leaving the Beard: It is from the Sunnah that a man leaves his beard to grow, without shaving any of it. In fact, the Prophet commanded men not to touch their beards.

Allah’s Messenger said, “Cut the moustaches short and leave the beard (as it is).” (Bukhari)

  • Brushing and Combing one’s hair: As mentioned before, it is winter and the desire to hibernate burns inside many of us. But that does not mean we should emerge like an unkempt bear coming out from a den after the long night’s sleep. Don’t neglect to brush your hair! Mind you, even the bears look pretty neat when they emerge.

Abu Qatada al-Ansari said to the Messenger of Allah, “I have a lot of hair which comes down to my shoulders, shall I comb it?” The Messenger of Allah said, “Yes.” (Muwatta Imam Malik)

  • Oiling the Hair: The increase in use of heated hair styling tools, has led many to seek repair in oiling their hair. What many fail to realise, is that this practice was established in the Sunnah before the hair styling boom. Oiling the hair keeps it healthy, encourages growth and thickness and repairs damages. Our Prophet was known to oil his hair, such that the traces of oil were visible.

“Rasulullah often rubbed oil in his head and also often combed his beard. He put a cloth over his head, which became like an oil cloth due to the frequent use of oil.” (Shamaa’il Muhammadiyya)

  • Wearing Your best Clothes on Friday: Friday is a day of Eid for us, and we should not neglect to wear our best outfits on this day. Though many take the day off, or have a lie-in in the morning, or some do their week’s cleaning on this day, it is not a day for utility dresses passed down from your great grandmother, nor for pyjamas all day long!
  • Applying perfume: wrapped up in layers, and perhaps sweating underneath does not necessitate that one smells bad. One should shower regularly, and wear perfume. But my dear sisters, you know the rules, only perfume yourselves within your homes.

Anas said: ‘Indeed the Prophet would not refuse perfume.” (Sunan At-Tirmithi)

The Prophet liked his perfume, and he even recommended to us that which is best,

The Messenger of Allah said, “The best of perfume is musk.”‘ (An-Nisa’i)

  • Kohl: Skip the chemical saturated eyeliners and mascaras; kohl works as both. It is recommended by our Prophet peace be upon him, plus it increases the growth of the eyelashes!

The Messenger of Allah said: “The best of your kohl is antimony (ithmid), for it improves the eyesight and makes the hair (eyelashes) grow.” (Ibn Majah, Hasan)

  • Plucking the eyebrows: Bushy brows are in this season, and grooming the brows are fine, as long as one sticks to the Sunnah and does not begin removing them, whether partially or completely.

“The Messenger of Allah cursed the woman who does tattoos and the one who has them done, and those who pluck their eyebrows and file their teeth for the purpose of beautification, and those who change the creation of Allah.” (Ibn Majah, Saheeh)

  • Tattoos: To be tattooed, and do tattoos, both are impermissible, as has been mentioned in the hadith above.
  • Artificial Hair: It is impermissible to artificially lengthen one’s hair. The use of false lashes also comes under this ruling.

Allah’s Messenger has cursed such a lady as artificially lengthening (her or someone else’s) hair or gets her hair lengthened. (Bukhari)

  • Using Henna:
  1. As a hair dye: whether you’re going for a highlight or full on colour, the Prophet peace be upon him encouraged dying the hair, especially the grey ones. But it is impermissible to dye one’s hair black as has come to us in the narrations.

“The Messenger of Allah said: ‘The Jews and the Christians do not dye their hair, so be different from them and dye your hair.'” (An-Nisa’i, Sahih)

The Prophet (ﷺ) said: “The best things with which to change grey hair are henna and ‘katam’ (a plant similar to henna used as a dye).” (At-Tirmidhi; saheeh hasan)

The Messenger of Allah said: “There will be people at the end of time who will dye their hair black like the crops of birds; they will never smell the fragrance of Paradise.” (Abu Dawud, Sahih by Sh Al-Albaani)

  1. b) to beautify the hand/nails: with the extensive range of nail products that line the beauty isles, nothing comes close to Henna. Some would reserve it for the two Eids, weddings and other such occasions, but from the hadith below we learn that a woman’s hand should be beautified, no matter the weather.

A’ishah said, ‘a woman gestured from behind a screen, with a letter to the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) in her hand. The Messenger of Allah withdrew his hand and said: “I do not know whether it is the hand of a man or a woman.” She said: It is a woman. He said: “If you were a woman, you would have changed your nails,” meaning, with henna. (Abu Dawud)

Whilst beautification is encouraged in our religion, and being presentable is of utmost importance, a muslim must not imitate the disbelievers style, whether in hair style, or cut or even in the clothes he wears. Neither should a man imitate a woman in his dress and vice versa. Furthermore, the beautification of woman is not to be flaunted, rather she must observe full hijab in the presence of non-mahrams.

This is a summary of some methods of beautification that one may use throughout the year, that has appeared in the Sunnah of our beloved teacher. The next time, you begin your beauty routine, think of whose footsteps you are following, and appreciate that long before the West had any care for beauty and cleanliness our Prophet came with Islam that set high standards, which remain so till today.

Reflection: Hijab


As of late, there has been a hijab explosion, especially with the emergence of ‘hijab fashion’. Some would say, “that is good, right?” Well, yes and no. Wearing hijab is always good, but the execution of the principle isn’t always correct.

First, we need to understand the meaning of the term hijab. Hijab literally means a “Veil”, a “Curtain”, a “Partition” or a “Separation”. In shariah, the term hijab is not limited to head covering only. It is the complete covering of a woman, from a non-mahram. That means, it includes the way she dresses, walks, talks, and basically carries herself, as a whole. So, hijab should not be confused with a khimar (head covering).

So, is hijab an obligation? Allah says, “And tell the believing women to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts and not expose their adornment except that which [necessarily] appears thereof and to wrap [a portion of] their headcovers over their chests and not expose their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands’ fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers, their brothers’ sons, their sisters’ sons, their women, that which their right hands possess, or those male attendants having no physical desire, or children who are not yet aware of the private aspects of women. And let them not stamp their feet to make known what they conceal of their adornment. And turn to Allah in repentance, all of you, O believers; that you might succeed.” (24:31)

“O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves [part] of their outer garments. That is more suitable that they will be known and not be abused. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful.” (33:59)

“O you who have believed, do not enter the houses of the Prophet except when you are permitted for a meal, without awaiting its readiness. But when you are invited, then enter; and when you have eaten, disperse without seeking to remain for conversation. Indeed, that [behavior] was troubling the Prophet, and he is shy of [dismissing] you. But Allah is not shy of the truth. And when you ask [his wives] for something, ask them from behind a partition. That is purer for your hearts and their hearts. And it is not [conceivable or lawful] for you to harm the Messenger of Allah or to marry his wives after him, ever. Indeed, that would be in the sight of Allah an enormity.” (33:53)

These aforementioned ayahs show that hijab is an obligation, and also tell us that it is not simply covering one’s hair! But what has our Ummah come to? The fashion hijab is nothing like what has been stated in the Qur’an! We have muslimahs caking their faces with tonnes of makeup, and showing it to everyone. Even worse, they have Youtube tutorials for this! They post and upload such videos which the whole world has access to, where non-mahram men can see them! Would the sahabiyyah do that? No they would not, and they did not! It was narrated that Asma’ bint Abi Bakr said: “We used to cover our faces in front of men.” Muslimahs throw themselves shamelessly in front of the camera for the rest of the world to see. Would the Sahabiyah do that? No they would not, and they did not!

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It was narrated from ‘Urwah that ‘Aa’ishah said: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to pray Fajr, and the believing women would attend (the prayer) with him, wrapped in their aprons, then they would go back to their houses and no one would recognize them. Narrated by al-Bukhari, and Muslim. We have muslimahs shamelessly accepting and thanking all the non-mahram for their praises, joking with non-mahram on social network. Why? Where is our hayaa? Would the Sahabiyah do that? No they would not, and they did not! ‘Aa’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) said: “The riders used to pass by us when we were with the Messenger of Allah in ihraam, and when they drew near to us we would lower our jilbabs from our heads over our faces, then when they had passed we would uncover them again. [Abu Dawood, Ibn Majah] Have we forgotten the reminders that Rasulullah told us? The grave sins of tabarruj (wanton display)! The Messenger of Allah said: “Of the people of Hell there are two types whom I have never seen, the one possessing whips like the tail of an ox and they flog people with them. The second one, women who would be naked in spite of their being dressed, who are seduced (to wrong paths) and seduce others with their hair high like humps. These women would not get into Al-Jannah and they would not perceive its odor, although its fragrance can be perceived from such and such distance. ” [Sahih Muslim] Allah’s Messenger said: “The best of your women are the affectionate, the fertile, the comforting, and the agreeable – if they fear Allāh. The most evil of your women are those who expose and display themselves, and those who strut (to show off), and they are the hypocrites. Those who enter Paradise are like the red beaked crow.” [Al-Baihaqi]

After seeing the verses from the Qur’an and the Hadith of Rasulullah, why are we still prioritising our desires? Why do we insist on becoming arrogant towards what Allah has instructed us? Do not be like the disbelievers who say “We hear and disobey.” (2:93)

This is the talbis iblis for our ummah. Our muslimahs think covering one’s aurah and hijab is simply covering one’s hair. This is when the shayateen whisper to our ear, telling us to beautify ourselves. Worse, we have muslimahs who get really defensive. Those whose senses are driven by their ‘aqal (intellect) and their desires; they give the excuse; “we are dressing according to the time. This is modern time,” or “we are living in a kuffar countries, we need to blend in,” or even “why can’t a Muslimah follow fashion?” What is this? Ask yourselves this: Dare you question Allah , by saying we are dressing according to modern time? Are we saying the rules stated in the Qur’an are dated? Are we saying Allah did not know the future, when He revealed His laws? Fear Allah! We are no better than the Jew who questioned Musa (AS) about the calf, then! Who are we trying to please? The Creator or the creation? Mu’awiyah once wrote to Aisha asking her to write him a letter giving him advice but not to make it lengthy. She wrote: ‘Peace be upon you! To proceed: I heard Allah’s Messenger (saws) say, “If anyone seeks Allah’s good pleasure at the cost of men’s displeasure Allah will keep from him the trouble caused by men; but if anyone seeks men’s good pleasure at the cost of Allah’s displeasure, Allah will leave him in men’s hands. (Tirmithi)

Why do you want to blend in with the kuffar? Why wouldn’t you stand up for Islam? It was narrated the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “You will certainly follow the ways of those who came before you, handspan by hand span, cubit by cubit, until even if they entered the hole of a lizard, you will do so too.” We asked, “O Messenger of Allah, (do you mean) the Jews and the Christians?” He said, “Who else?” ( al-Bukhari, and Muslim. Who are our examples? Who does Islam say to follow? Is it the hijabi bloggers and youtubers? Is it the so-called hijabi celebrities who sing on stage? Is it the hijabi actresses who engage in free mixing with non-mahram? Or, is it the sahabiyyah and the women of the salaf-us-saalih? The Prophet said, ”the best of my Ummah is my generation (Qarni), then those who follow them, then those who follow them.“ [Bukhari and Muslim] Now the question lies on us, “who will we follow?” The answers are in our hands. How long are we willing to succumb to the shayateen, whenever we are dressing to go out? Think first. Is my clothing sufficient for me to do my salah? If the answer is no, change, until you can do salah in your clothes. Life as a muslimah is super simple. We do not need to spend huge amounts of money on makeup, shoes, and clothes. We just need to dress according to the Qur’an and Sunnah, to please our Creator. Remember this every time we step out the door from our home. “O children of Adam, We have bestowed upon you clothing to conceal your private parts and as adornment. But the clothing of righteousness – that is best. That is from the signs of Allah that perhaps they will remember.” (7:26) The Prophet said: “The woman is an object of concealment, when she leaves the house, Shaytaan (the Devil) beautifies her.” [Tirmidhi, and it is Saheeh]

The fitna of women is indeed great, as the Prophet said, “I am not leaving behind me in my ummah any fitna that is more harmful for men than women.” [Bukhari & Muslim] This isn’t an attack on those fashion hijabis out there. This is simply a reminder for myself first and foremost, and for my sisters in Islam, who I love for the sake of Allah. The love I have, so that we can all revive the Ummah, together spreading the words of Islam, dawah and tawheed. This is my love for my dear sisters in Islam. The Messenger of Allah said, “The relationship of the believer with another believer is like (the bricks of) a building, each strengthens the other.” He illustrated this by interlacing the fingers of both his hands. [Bukhari and Muslim] May Allah make everything easy for all of us, and never stop the guidance. “And if they had believed and feared Allah, then the reward from Allah would have been [far] better, if they only knew.” (Surah Al-Baqarah 02:103)