Sunan al-Fitrah (The Natural Practices)

 

Abu Hurayrah (RA) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) said: "Five are from the natural practices: circumcision, shaving pubic hair, plucking the armpit hairs, clipping the nails and trimming the moustache." (Muslim) In another hadeeth narration, Allah’s Messenger (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) said: "Ten are from the natural practices: trimming the moustache, leaving the beard to grow, using the toothstick, (cleaning) by putting in the nose, clipping the nails, washing the knuckles and finger joints, plucking the underarm hairs, shaving the pubic hairs, using water to clean the private parts (after urinating)." Zakariya (the narrator said): "Musab (sub narrator) said: I have forgotten the tenth, unless it is rinsing ones mouth." (Muslim)

Circumcision Circumcision is obligatory with respect to men as it is from the outward signs of Islam: As for the female, there is a difference of opinion and it hovers, between obligation and recommendation. The majority of scholars are however upon its recommendation. The Messenger of Allah (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) said to a man who embraced Islam:"Cut off the hairs of (the time of) unbelief and get circumcised." (Abu Dawud) Circumcision is from the way of Prophet Ibrahim. The Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) said:"Ibrahim was circumcised after he had become eighty years old." (Bukhari) Meanwhile, Allah has said: "Then we have inspired (Muhammad): "Follow the religion of Ibrahim. the pure monotheist." (QI 6[NahI]:123)

It is recommended that the circumcision take place on the seventh day after birth. Jabir (RA) narrated that the Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) had aqiqah for al-Hasan and al-Husain and he had them circumcised on the seventh day (after their birth)." (Tabarani) Ibn Abbas said: "Seven are Sunnah acts for the seventh day of a child’s life: naming the child, circumcision... "(Tabarani)

Although each of these hadeeth have some weaknesses to it, they strengthen each other since they come from different sources and contain no narration who are suspect with respect to their integrity. Leaving the beard to grow is obligatory. Shaving it is forbidden as it means changing the creation of Allah, which is an action of shaytan, as Allah has said: "(Shaytan has said): "I will order them to change the nature created by Allah." (Q4[Nisaa]: 119)

By shaving the beard, one is impersonating women while "The Messenger of Allah cursed the men who impersonate women."(Bukhari). The Prophet has ordered that the beard be left to grow. His order implies an obligation, as is well known. Abu Hurayrah narrated, that the Messenger of Allah (salallahu, alayhi wa sallam) said:"Cut the moustache and leave the beard, being different from the Magians." (Muslim)

Ibn Umar also narrated that the Prophet said: "Differ from the polytheists, leave the beard to grow and trim the moustache. "(Bukhari) The Toothstick The use of the toothstick is a recommended act in general but in certain circumstance it is given even greater emphasis and preference. These are: When making ablution: Abu Hurayrah (RA) narrated that the prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) said: "If it were not to be a hardship on my Nation. I would order them to use the toothstick when making ablution" (Ahmad) At the time of the prayer: Abu Hurayrah (RA) narrated that Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) said, "If it were not to be a hardship on my Nation .1 would order them to use toothstick at everyprayer."(Bukhari)

Upon reciting the Qur an: Ali said, "We were ordered to use the toothstick ." He also said "When the human stand to pray. an angel comes to him and stands behind him. listening to Quran and coming closer. He continues to listen and come closer to him. He continues to listen and come close to him until he put his mouth upon (the persons) mouth. He does not read a verse except that he goes into angel."(Bayhaqi) Upon entering the house: Al-Miqdad ibn shurayh narrated from his father who said: "I asked Aishah (RA): What did the prophet do first when he entered his house? she said. he use the toothstick. " (Ibn Majah)

Upon getting up at night: Hudhayfah (RA) said: "When the Messenger of Allah (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) would get up to perform the late night prayer he would clean his teeth with toothstick." (Bukhari) The disapproval of removing Gray hairs Amr ibn Abu Shuayb narrated from his father on the authority of his grandfather that the Messenger of Allah (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) do not pluck out his gray hair in Islam except that it will be a light for him on the of resurrection." (Abu Dawud) Dying gray hair with henna, katam or other plant and the prohibition of dying them black Abu Dharr narrated that the Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) said, "The best thing to change the hair is henna and katam." (Ibn Majah) In addition, Abu Hurayrah (RA) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) said the Jews and the Christians do not dye (their beards), so differ from them." (Bukhari)

Jabir (RA) also narrated that Abu Quhafah was brought to the prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) on the day of the conquering of Makkah and his beard was white from his gray hair.The Messenger of Allah (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) then said, "Change this color but avoid black." (lbnMajah) Finally,ibn Abbas narrated that the Messenger of Allah (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) also said: "At, the end of time there will be people who will dye with black dye like the crops of doves and they (therefore) will not smell the scent of Paradise." (Abu Dawud)

 

This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited

 

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