I've started a short Islamic course for this summer inshaAllah that covers basic Arabic fiqh and aqeedah. Today during the fiqh session the shaykh covered taharah (purity). This is the first chapter in any fiqh book because cleanliness and purity is so important in our faith. Islam has greatly emphasized the importance of cleanliness and purity; the Qur'an says what means the following:
"Indeed Allah loves those who repent and those who keep clean" (Al-Baqarah 2:22)
"There you will find men who love cleanliness and Allah loves those who are clean." (At-Tawbah 9:108)
RasulAllah (SAW) has also expanded on the importance of cleanliness by saying that "cleanliness is half of faith" (Muslim), adjoining cleanliness to faith in Allah Himself.
There are many other verses of the Qur'an and hadith that also mention the imporatnce of cleaniness and its relation to faith and worship.
Although what was taught today was not new to me as alhamdulillah I was taught this in the madressah I went to after school it did get me thinking about my surroundings and that I should start decluttering, tidying and cleaning it. I have managed to pile up so much paper,clothes,jewellery,books (the list goes on) and this is making My surroundings very busy. For me when my home is cluttered that impacts my mental state and that affects my faith.
As Muslims we must be both physically pure(our bodies,clothes,homes) and spiritually pure(cleaning our heart of diseases such as pride,hypocrisy,lies). For me I have to start off clearing my surroundings and physical state and then move deeper to my spiritual state.
So inshaAllah with Ramadan in mind I intend to tidy away alot of my stuff so that by Ramadan I have a clean,tidy, tranquil haven that I can worship Allah in totally focusing. May Allah give me the ability ameen
Whatever I have said right is from Allah and His Messenger, Anything that I have said wrong is from myself and shaytaan and may Allah forgive me ameen