The Beloved Prophet’s Cleanliness SallAllahu Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam The Prophet SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam was blessed by Allah with the extra special quality of being free from all forms of uncleanliness and bodily defects. These qualities were special for him and no one else has ever been privileged with such qualities. Moreover, the Prophet SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam said, “The religion is based on cleanliness.” [Sunan Tirmidhi, Vol 4, Page 18] When the Prophet SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam was born he was already circumcised and his umbilical cord cut. [Dalail an-Nabuwwah li Abi Nu’aym, Vol 1, Page 153 – Tibrani, Vol 8, Page 238] His mother Syeda Aamina Radi ALLAHu Ta’ala Anha reported, “He was clean when he was born and there was no trace of impurity upon him.”
[Tabqat Ibn Sa’ad, Vol 1, Page 12] The Prophet SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam was adorned with the sweetest of fragrances, as was his perspiration. Anas commented, “I have never smelled amber, musk or any other (perfume) more fragrant than the aroma of the Messenger of Allah.” [Sahih Muslim, Vol 4, Page 1814] If the sweat of my rose is given to the bride; She will instantly put her roses and her perfumes aside!! One day the Messenger of Allah SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam touched the cheek of Jabir, Samura’s son and Jabir said, “I felt a cool sensation and his hand was fragrant, it was as if he had withdrawn it from a sachet of perfume.” [Sahih Muslim, Vol 4, Page 1814] Jabir also said, “When the Prophet walked down a road, anyone who happened to pass along the same road knew he had been there on account of his fragrance.”
[Sahih Muslim, Vol 4, Page 1815] When the prophet walked along any street; The entire earth became fragrant and sweet!! On another occasion Jabir rode behind the Prophet SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam and put his mouth upon the seal of his prophecy between his shoulders and its fragrance spread over him like musk. [Tareekh Ibn Asakir, Vol 5, Page 361] It was also reported that even if he had perfumed his hand or not, if he shook the hand of a man the fragrance would remain for the rest of the day. When the Prophet SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam placed his hand on the head of a child, the child was recognizable from amongst other children by its fragrance. [Imam Bukhari recorded it in his Tareekh al-Kabeer] The Prophet SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam visited the house of Anas and fell asleep on a rug and perspired. When Anas’s mother noticed the perspiration she fetched a long necked bottle into which she collected the drops of perspiration. Later, the Messenger of Allah SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam inquired about it, whereupon she replied, “We mixed it with our perfume and it is the most fragrant of scents.” [Majma az-Zawaid, Vol 8, Page 282 – Sunan Daarimi, Vol 1, Page 32] Even when the Prophet SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam relieved himself, it is reported that the earth would split open and swallow his discharge and there remained a fragrant aroma.
Mother of the Believers Syeda Ayesha may Allah be pleased with her, said to the Prophet SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam “When you return after relieving yourself, there is nothing offensive about you.” He replied, “O Ayesha, don’t you know that the earth swallows up what is discharged from the prophets so that nothing is seen?” [Haakim, Vol 4, Page 72] When the Prophet SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam passed away, Syeduna Ali Radi ALLAHu Ta’ala Anho washed his body and said, “I washed the Prophet, and looked for the normal discharge from a deceased person but found nothing, whereupon I said, ‘You were pure during your life and pure in death.'” He added, “A sweet aroma exuded from him, the like of which I have never experienced.” [Sunan Ibne Maaja, Vol 1, Page 47 – Haakim, Vol 3, Page 362] Upon kissing the Prophet SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam after his death, Syeduna Abu Bakr Radi ALLAHu Ta’ala Anho said something similar. [Dalail an-Nabuwwah lil Baihaqi, Vol 3, Page 257 – Maraseel Abu Dawood, Page 77] On the day of Uhud the Prophet SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam suffered a slight injury, whereupon he permitted Malik Sinan’s son to remove the blood which he then swallowed. The Prophet SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam told him, “The Fire will not touch you.”
[Majma az-Zawaid, Vol 8, Page 280 – Maujam al Awsat lil Tibrani] On another occasion, the Prophet’s blood was cupped, whereupon Abdullah, Zubair’s son swallowed it. The Prophet SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam did not object to what he had done but said, “Woe to you from the people and woe to the people from you.” [Haakim , Vol 3, Page 355 – Bazaz, Vol 3, Page 145] The Prophet SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam kept a wooden bowl under his bed in which, if he felt the need, he could urinate during the night. One night a lady by the name of Baraka, (scholars differ whether or not she is the same Baraka who served the Prophet SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam), felt thirsty and upon seeing the cup drank the urine without knowing.
There were also similar occurrences in which his urine was drunk, when the Prophet SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam learned of it he did not order the washing of their mouth nor did he forbid them to do it again. [Abu Dawood, Vol 1, Page 28 – Sunan Nisae, Vol 1, Page 31 – Ibn Habban, Vol 2, Page 348] Hadrat Syeda Ayesha, may Allah be pleased with her, said, “I never saw the private parts of the Messenger of Allah SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam۔” [Shamail Tirmidhi, Page 183 – Sunan Ibn Maja, Vol 1, Page 127] The Prophet SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam asked Syeduna Ali to ensure that no one except him wash him (after his death). He told him, “No one has ever seen me naked least he turns blind.” [Bazaz, Vol 1, Page 400 – Dalali an-Nabuwwah lil Baihaqi, Vol 7, Page 244 ] Abbas’ son said that as the Prophet SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam slept he heard him breathing deeply. He woke up to pray but did not make ablution. Ikrima said, “That was because he was protected by Allah and when he slept his eyes were closed but his heart and internal being was not in the status of sleep, therefore he would make ablution only when it was needed. The Prophet said, “My eyes sleep but my heart does not. Allah feeds me and gives me to drink.” [Sahih Bukhari, Vol 1, Page 29/117 – Sahih Muslim, Vol 4, Page 1875]