Monthly Archives: January 2011

Looking This Way Or That.. (Hadith No. 157)


Hadith no 156 is a repeat. Read it here.

Volume 1, Book 4, Number 157:

Narrated Abu Huraira:

I followed the Prophet while he was going out to answer the call of nature. He used not to look this way or that. So, when I approached near him he said to me, “Fetch for me some stones for cleaning the privates parts (or said something similar), and do not bring a bone or a piece of dung.” So I brought the stones in the corner of my garment and placed them by his side and I then went away from him. When he finished (from answering the call of nature), he used them.

Notice Abu Huraira (RA) saying: “He used not to look this way or that.” This is the aspect of the Hadith we’re discussing today.

Prophet (SAW) never looked here and there while walking. If he wanted to turn, he’d turn completely rather than just turning his neck. It shows his focus on his target. And etiquettes require us to turn completely towards the person we’re talking to. Merely tilting your neck is a sign of arrogance.

What to do now? Check yourself while walking. Do you have a goal in front of you or are you just wasting your time looking here and there? Secondly, when you’re talking to someone, do you turn towards them completely or just tilt your neck?



Be Careful (Hadith No. 155)


There are some things Prophet (SAW) told us to be careful about. They’re mostly related to our health, deen, cleanliness, Hereafter, Imaan, beliefs etc. It’s amazing to know that Prophet (SAW) cared so much about our daily-routine matters as well such as health and cleanliness. A very simple example is in today’s hadith..

Volume 1, Book 4, Number 155:

Narrated Abu Qatada:

Allah’s Apostle said, “Whenever anyone of you drinks water, he should not breathe in the drinking utensil, and whenever anyone of you goes to a lavatory, he should neither touch his penis nor clean his private parts with his right hand.”

SubhanAllah. Prophet (SAW) was so descriptive in such matters so that people were careful. Is it too hard to follow these sunnahs? Be careful and get reward! :)


‘Anza (Hadith No. 154)


Hadith no 153 is a repeat. Read it here.

Volume 1, Book 4, Number 154:

Narrated Anas bin Malik:

Whenever Allah’s Apostle went to answer the call of nature, I along with another boy used to carry a tumbler full of water (for cleaning the private parts) and an ‘Anza (spear-headed stick).

Why, you ask? Because they had to dig and make the soil/sand soft before answering the call of nature. After doing so, they would cover the impurity with the dug up sand. ‘Anza has more uses as well. We’ll learn them with time iA.

There’s a lesson to be learnt from this. Although we don’t have to urinate on land these days, but we do have to do it in our bathrooms. Make sure you don’t leave the commode or the surroundings impure after using it. Leave it clean and dry for the next person to come. InshaAllah it’ll be a sadaqah for you. :)


Water (Hadith No. 152)


When it comes to cleanliness, nothing does a better job than water. Not toilet paper, not cotton, not earth (dust) and not even Kleenex. So make sure you use water for your personal cleanliness and hygiene, because tissues and rolls aren’t enough.

Volume 1, Book 4, Number 152:

Narrated Anas bin Malik:

Whenever Allah’s Apostle went to answer the call of nature, I along with another boy used to accompany him with a tumbler full of water. (Hisham commented: “So that he might wash his private parts with it.)”

We don’t need tumblers these days because taps and showers are available. But if you’re travelling, don’t forget to keep extra bottles/tumblers of water for this purpose. :)


Women CAN Go Out (Hadith No. 149)


Yes. Women can co go out, BUT only when necessary.

Volume 1, Book 4, Number 149:

Narrated ‘Aisha:

The Prophet said to his wives, “You are allowed to go out to answer the call of nature.”

It was a custom in Arabia in the time of the Prophet (SAW), to not have bathrooms attached to houses. Whoever needed to answer the call of nature, would go out and do it where no one could see him/her (away from the population). And since women couldn’t go during the day, they used to go out at night and would go in groups for safety purposes.

Having bathrooms attached to our rooms today is clearly a blessing. We have one less thing to go out for. But does that stop us?


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