Cleanliness At Home
The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “Cleanliness is half of faith…” (Bukhari).
Cleanliness in our homes is not just a matter of routine; it is actually part of our religion.
Our homes are where we live, eat, sleep, and offer salah (prayer). You could even say that our homes are our identities. The bottom line is that our homes deserve respect. Keeping them clean is a way to demonstrate our regard for them.
This fact is further reinforced as Allah clearly tells us: “Make your dwellings as places for your worship.” (10:87).
One might ask, why should we show regard to our homes? In fact, they are only buildings.
But, Allah explains to us repeatedly in the Qur’an: “Be grateful to Me (For My countless Favors on you) and never be ungrateful to Me.” [2:152].
It all simply boils down to how we look at things. Our homes are not just buildings; they are favors given to us by our Creator. Therefore, it is obligatory for us to show regard and appreciation for the blessings that He has bestowed on us.
Could anyone of us ever imagine mistreating a gift from Allah? It’s not likely that when viewed in this light, anyone of us would ever have the intention of disregard. Our homes are among the numerous blessings that we have been given in this life. They are a test for us as well as a luxurious blessing that not all have been granted.
“Verily Allah is full of bounty to mankind, but most of them are ungrateful.” (10:60)
This is not to say that we must scrub the floors daily, but keeping a neat home nurtures our mental state and encourages us to have confidence, which fuels optimism.
It has been suggested that people who are surrounded by constant untidiness become depressed and dispirited. When a woman is feeling her worst, the state of her home may be a direct reflection of her state of mind at that time.
By keeping our homes clean and in order, we are better equipped to handle difficult situations and be better Muslims. Cleanliness is also a wonderful gift we can teach our children. Children learn by our example, and their habits will rival our own – good or bad.
Teaching tidy habits to children will help them to become more successful during their school-age years and also at work when they grow older. Organization and tidiness are useful traits in every walk of life and profession.
Cleanliness is also a part of Da’wah (propagation of Islam) to non-Muslims. It exhibits one of the many wonderful benefits that are a result of practicing our religion. For example, if a Muslim family rents a home and leaves it clean, the owner of the property will be drawn to renting to other Muslims in the future.
Our day-to-day living conditions can either leave the mark of a good impression or a negative one that will be remembered for years. By keeping our homes clean, to the best of our ability, we are making our homes a more desirable place for our families and ourselves.
Furthermore, we are practicing our religion by completing half of our faith and displaying deep gratitude for the blessings we have been provided with in this life in hopes of gaining better ( Paradise) in the next, God willing.