Muhammad (PBUH) said to his companions that “cleanliness is half of faith”. Islam puts great emphasis on both spiritual and physical cleanliness and purification, which is exactly why having high personal hygiene standards is important for your health but also considered part of your religious practice as a Muslim.

The most basic principles of personal hygiene in Islam includes wuduu, which is necessary before each of the daily five prayers. Wuduu includes washing the hands, rinsing the mouth and nose, washing the face, washing the arms up to the bellows, wiping the head and beard, washing the ears, and also the feet up to and including your ankle. Prophet Muhammad encouraged wuduu and told his followers that “those who completed a perfect wuduu will be identifiable by the light shining from the areas washed in wuduu”.

Washing your hands was a common practice of Muhammad (PBUH), and is an integral part of wuduu. Today, we know that regular hand washing is one of the simplest and most effective ways of stopping bacteria and germs spreading, and is especially important if you are preparing food.

Caring for your nails was among many of the prophet’s personal hygiene practices. Upkeep on the cleanliness of your nails keeps dirt, grime, and bacteria that can easily get trapped under the nail away.

Alongside taking care of your body, ensuring your clothes are clean is also good Islamic practice; “Cleanse your garments and keep away from all pollution” (Quran 74:4). After all, if your body is clean and your clothes are not then it’s not fully achieving a standard of cleanliness.

Personal hygiene keeps both your body and mind free from disease. Cleanliness truly is an important part of Islam’s values.

“Truly, God loves those who turn to Him in repentance and loves those who purify themselves.” (Quran 2:222)