People Most Beloved to Allah –The Mutatahireen مُتَطَهِّرِين

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Adapted for Hiba Magazine by Tasneem Vali

 “…Truly, Allah loves those who turn unto Him In repentance and loves those who purify themselves (by taking a bath and cleaning and washing thoroughly their private parts, bodies, for their prayers, etc.).” (Al-Baqarah 2:222)

Cleanliness and purity are encompassed in the word ‘tahir’, the root ‘ṭāhārā’ (ط ه ر) occurs 31 times in the Quran, in 11 derived forms. To understand why Allah loves the pure or those who purify themselves and as soon as they nullify their state of purification / cleanliness – they hasten to purify themselves again – we must realize what purity really means.

Learning from the example of the Sahabah, we should realize that in Islam everything is an act of worship, practised for Allah’s sake alone. Purity of our heart, spirit, soul, appearance, body and actions is also an Ibadah.

 Two types of Purification

Allah loves those who strive to purify themselves in every way.

  1. Purifying from something visible or apparent (by taking a bath, cleaning, and washing the private parts, bodies, doing Wudhu, putting on clean clothes, using perfumes, keeping their houses clean, etc.).
  2. Purifying from something not visible – hidden or abstract.(Can be achieved by upholding the five pillars of Islam, having a clean and pure thinking process, avoiding sins, making a lot of Dhikr and especially making sure the heart is pure of spiritual maladies such as anger, hatred, relying on other than Allah, fear of loss of provision, antipathy toward death, wantonness, pride, arrogance, etc)

 Visible (outer) Purification:

  • Purifying ourselves  from dirt or impurity using water (occurs after menstruation or sexual relationship with one’s spouse, after answering the call of nature).
  1. At the time of the Prophet (sa) in the desert, water was a precious commodity; yet the stress and first priority was always on purifying oneself using water.
  2. Purity is a gate to prayer; unless you are pure, your prayer will not be valid.
  3. Islam highlights cleanliness as an integral part of the Deen (way of life). Hadeeth: Abu Malik Al-Ashari (rta) reported: The Messenger of Allah (sa) said: “Purity is half of faith.” (Muslim)
  • Taking care of all types of cleanliness/etiquettes during eating, drinking etc., to remain clean.
  • Those who stay away from their wives when they are menstruating are also pure.

 Hidden (inner) Purification:

  • Purify ourselves from sins/mistakes that we commit.
  • Make sure we do not transgress in regards to the Rights of Allah or the Rights of Allah’s (people, animals, plants etc.) creations over us.
  • Purify of our sprit and soul, like the sicknesses in our heart (jealousy, envy, hatred, aggressiveness, anger, etc.).
  • Purify our tongue so we do not speak ill of someone, backbite or lie.
  • Purify ourselves from character flaws, bad manners.

Learning from the example of the Sahabah, we should realize that in Islam everything is an act of worship, practised for Allah’s sake alone. Purity of our heart, spirit, soul, appearance, body and actions is also an Ibadah.