Rules of a Muslim Home (#1) - Cleanliness

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In the present era of trials and tribulations, with evil and fitnah surrounding us in every direction, there is no better sanctuary for a Muslim/Muslimah than his/her home. 

Once a Sahaabi asked Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallm) for the key to success? Among other advices Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallm) said: “Let your home be sufficient for you” (Tirmizi #2406). As far as possible one should remain in the home. Allah Ta’ala has referred to the home of a person as a place of sukoon (peace).

Since the home of a believer is his/her sanctuary and a place of peace, there ought to be certain rules and regulations governing the home. Without any rules and a system, there will be chaos in the home.

The following are some of the rules that should be adhered to by every Muslim/Muslimah in his/her home. 

First rule

Cleanliness and purification

Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallm) said: “Allah Ta’ala is pure and loves purity, He is clean and loves cleanliness, He is generous and likes generosity, He is hospitable and loves hospitality, so clean your courtyards and do not resemble the Jews” (Tirmizi #2799).

One of the very essential characteristics of a Muslim/Muslimah regarding himself/herself and his/her home is cleanliness. When a Muslim/Muslimah is particular about cleanliness and purification, he/her is distinguished from other people. To achieve purity and cleanliness of the soul, a Muslim/Muslimah has to start by purifying his/her body, clothes, surroundings and other things. 

Furthermore every Muslim/Muslimah should choose a place in his/her house for salaah and ibaadah, so that he/she may be able to carry out the necessary ibaadaat such as salaah, tilaawat of the Qur’aan, zikr etc. with great care.

Also take note of the following:

1. One should educate one’s family not to throw anything (papers, etc) except in the wastebasket. The kitchen waste should be thrown into a bin out of the reach of the children. When the waste is disposed of, the bin should be carefully washed, cleaned and replaced. One must take care that the dirt from the kitchen is not thrown in the drain since it may block it. It is advisable to put a small filter in the sink to prevent this. 

2. Clothes should be washed early in the morning, preferably after Ishraaq salaah, so that one may have enough time to dry the clothes properly and thereafter iron them. 

3. There should be specific times for sweeping and cleaning the house. This should suit the situation of the household members, preferably at a time when the men are at work and the children are at school.

4. Household members should organize times during the day when they can bath. One should also use the miswaak everyday to keep the teeth strong and clean. The miswaak also leaves a sweet smell in the mouth and assists a person to recite the kalimah at the time of death.

5. Household members should get rid of the garbage in such a way which does not cause any inconvenience for themselves or their neighbours. 

6. Ventilating the kitchen and the bathroom well keeps those places fresh and prevents foul smells emanating from there. The toilets must be properly cleaned, at least every second day because it is a place where many diseases emanate.

7. The household members should be careful in aspects of cleanliness and purification. One must not become careless as this can lead to neglecting of religious duties. Children should be taught the easy duties of cleanliness that Allah Ta’ala has ordered us, such as the etiquettes of using the toilet, istinjaa, clipping ones nails, etc. 

8. At least once a year the entire house should be spring cleaned. This is necessary in order to prevent germs and mites settling in remote corners of the house.

9. Every member of the household should also be taught to keep his/her cupboards and drawers neat and tidy. Daily the ironing etc. should be packed away neatly. Clothing should never be dumped into the drawers.

(to be continued……)