HOLY PROPHET’S (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) PRACTICES IN THE MATTER OF RELIEVING ONESELF (ISTINJA)


Hadith & Seerah, The Teachings of the Holy Prophet, The Ways of the Prophet (SAWS) / Saturday, February 13th, 2010

(1) The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) used to enter the privy putting his left foot forward, and to come out putting the right foot out. [Tirmizi]

(2) While entering the privy, he used to say: (‘O Allaah! I seek refuge in thee from the foul male and female devils)

(3) On coming out of Privy, he would say: (‘I seek thine forgiveness Praise be to ALLAH, who has removed harm from me and kept me in health) [Zad -ul- ma’ad, Tirmizi, Ibn Majah}

(4) When he sat down to answer a call of nature, he would not raise his garments until he was quite close to the ground. [Zad-ul Ma’ad]

(5) When he wanted to pass water, he would look for a soft ground. If he did not find such a place, he would dig and upturn the earth with a piece of wood or other hard thing to make the soil loose and soft. [Zad-ul-Ma’ad]

(6) Habib bin Saleh (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated that when the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) entered the privy, he would put on his shoes and cover his head. [lbn Sa’d]

(7) Sometimes he would use water for ISTINJA, or at other times mub and sometimes both: the number of mub would always be odd – at least three. He would use his left hand for ISTINJA. When he used water for this purpose, he would wash his hand after rubbing them on ground repeatedly. [Za’dul ma’ad]

(8) When he would sit on his knees to make water, he would keep his thighs wide apart. If he wanted to ease himself, he would sit behind a mound or hillock or a date palm etc.

(9) When he sat down to ease himself, he would neither face nor turn his back towards the QIBLAH. [Zad -ul- Ma’ad]

Hadrat Abu Hurairah (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated: whenever he would go to the privy, I used to give him water for ISTINJA. After which he would put his hands on the ground. Then I used to give him another jug of water with which he would perform WUDU (ablution). [Abu Daud]

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