The Prescribed Prayer: Chapter One (cont.)
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SUNNANUL FITRAH (THE SUNNAHS OF NATURE)
The Almighty Allah has chosen for His prophets,
may His peace and blessings be upon them, the acts and the external characteristics
of Fitrah, nature, and commanded us to emulate them, as this will be a
sign for the followers of Allah and His prophets. These acts include:
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Al-Khitaan, circumcision, a simple
operation in which the foreskin of the male sexual organ is cut. Abu-Hurairah
reported the Prophet said:
"(The Prophet) Ibraaheem, the friend
of Allah, was circumcised when he was eighty years old; he was circumcised
at Qaduum (a place in Shaam), or with a carpenter's instrument." (Al-Bukharee)
Although no time is set for the circumcision,
it is recommended that the operation be done on the day of 'Aqeeqah,
the day the child is named, seven days after the child's birth.
Shaving the pubes: this could be achieved
either by cutting or trimming the hair. The pubes is the hair that appears
on the lower part of what is known as the hypogastic region at puberty.
Plucking the hair under the armpits: this
could be done by cutting or trimming the hair.
Cutting the nails, clipping the moustache.
Abu-Hurairah reported the Prophet said:
"Five are the acts of Fitrah, circumcision,
cutting the nails, shaving, clipping the moustache, and plucking the hair
under the armpits." (Muslim)
These acts are better if done once a week
so that one appears clean. Other Sunnahs by Muslim and others recommend
that no one should neglect this Sunnah more than forty nights.
Sparing and growing the beard is highly recommended
in several Ahaadeeth, among them Hadeeth of Ibn 'Umar in which he reported
the Prophet said:
"Act against the polytheists, trim
closely the moustache and grow the beard." (Al-Bukhaaree/Muslim)
The beard is a sign of manhood and full
dignity. Indeed, these acts are much needed among the Muslim Ummah as it
is hard these days to differentiate between man and woman as they sometimes
tend to dress, walk, and talk the same. This is why the Prophet forbade
men behaving like women and women behaving like men. May Allah protect
Taking care of the hair by using good hair
care products and combing it so that it appears natural and good looking.
The Prophet said:
"Let he who has hair respect it." (Abu
However, the Prophet prohibited cutting
the hair on one side and leaving the other side grow. He said:
"Cut it all or leave it all." (Muslim)
Leaving gray hair on the head or beard. The
Prophet mentioned that it is a light for a Muslim. However, it may be dyed
with color to make it look good.
Using perfume is recommended, as it gives
one a good feeling. The Prophet used to like Musk more than any other kind