CLEANLINESS AND CIRCUMCISION
Maulana Ali (AS) has said, "A filthy man is an evil thing."
Washing of hands after meals keeps the evil spirits at bay. The master of the
house should be the last to wash his hands. Shaitaan (Satan) loves the odour of
fingers soiled by greasy food. Wash your hands to remove the odour of greasy food.
Perform ablution when a meal is served to increase the well-being of your house.
He who performs ablution before a meal lives in a good health and is saved from
the ills that visit his constitution. An ablution before and after a meal invokes
Allah's blessings on food. The act of cleaning the hands with flour, bread or
dates drives away Allah's favour.
Rasulullah (SAWS) has said to perform 'takhallul'. Takhallul in ablution is running
the water and rubbing between the fingers and nails, and takhallul after a meal
is picking the teeth and gargling or rinsing the mouth with water. Perform takhallul
to remove the traces of food after a meal, for this makes your teeth and molars
healthy and procures sustenance of the servant of Allah. Picking the teeth brings
sustenance to man.
Trim your hair from the earlobes to the eyes and from the beard on the cheeks;
comb the hairs of the beard; and shave the nape of the neck; and trim the moustache
and beard below the lips, and pare your nails. Do not resemble the Jews and Christians
in this respect. No one should allow the moustache to grow long, or the pubic
hair, or the hair in the armpits; for it is in these parts that Shaitaan loves
to hide and make it a permanent abode. He who believes in Allah and the Day of
Judgement will not fail to shave his pubic hair and the hair of armpits within
forty days, at the most.
Trim the hair between the outer angle of the eyes and the earlobes, on the cheeks,
and those that protrude over the chin in the front of the fore part of lower lip.
Comb the hairs of the head and beard and also trim the moustache to keep them
clean. Comely hair is a mantle bestowed by Allah, so honour it. He who has hair
on his head and does not part it in the middle, verily Allah will part it on the
Day of Judgement with a rod of fire.
If a man clips his nails on Friday, Allah will protect him from the diseases of
the fingers. Men should pare his nails and women should leave them long, for they
will increase their attractiveness.
He who knows the excellence of gray hair and pays respect to it will be saved
by Allah from the terror of the Day of Judgement. Gray hair is like light, so
do not pluck it out. Dyeing or plucking the gray hairs is forbidden and deplorable
Rasulullah (SAWS) said, 'Three things extinguish the light (charisma) of man:
to disregard the love of one's father i.e. to break the relationship with those
whom the father used to love and respect; to dye one's hair black; and to cast
one's glance within the privacy of another's house.'
Rasulullah (SAWS) said, 'Circumcision is a fitrat (sunnat-e-Islam or paidaa'ish-e-asli)
means a compulsory ritual. No Muslim should be left uncircumcised even though
he has reached the age of 80.'
Maulana Ali (AS) said, 'The first man to be circumcised was Hazrat Ibraheem Khalilullah
(AS), and he was in his eightieth year. Allah by His revelation commanded him
to purify himself, so he trimmed his moustache. Again the Prophet was asked to
purify himself, and he pared his nails. Then again for the third time he was commanded
to purify himself, and he plucked the hair of the armpits. On being commanded
for the fourth time, he shaved off his pubic hair. And when he was asked to purify
himself for the fifth time, he got himself circumcised.' He also added, 'Hasten
with the circumcision of your children, surely it will l ead to greater purity.'
Maulana Ali (AS) said, 'A girl should not be circumcised until she is 7 years
old.' He said, 'O women, when you circumcise your daughters, leave some part of
their labia (clitoris), for this will be virtuous for their character and it will
make them more beloved by their husbands.'