Islamic Date16 Rabi‘ at-akhir
English Date13 December
I Feel Clean for the First Time
“The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) used to relieve himself, then … he would cleanse himself with the water.” [Bukhari]
When a person relieves himself, he must cleanse himself of impurities either with water (Istinja)– which is best and most perfect – or with something other than water which will remove the impurities, such as toilet paper, stones (Istijmaar) or something else.
Once a Muslim brother got a job in a restaurant. Every time he would go to the restroom he would take with himself a container of water to cleanse himself with. One day, a non-Muslim who also worked there, saw him taking the water and asked him about it.
The Muslim brother told him that after using the toilet we should clean ourselves and that cleanliness is a major part of Islam. The shocked man asked, “Why not use toilet paper?” The brother asked him, “If excrement touched your hands, would you use toilet paper to wipe it off or prefer water?” The man understood and said that he would use water.
The next day the man brought a container for himself. When he came out of the toilet he was crying and tears were rolling down his cheeks. The Muslim brother asked him why he was crying. The man said, “For the first time in my life, I feel completely clean.”
Thereafter, he accepted Islam and became a devoted believer. Let us practice our Deen in every situation and place, you never know when this may just cause others to be guided to the truth Inshallah.