Cii News | 28 Dhul Hijjah 1436/12 October 2015

In former times, checks on the length of nails and underarm hair at some educational institutions were taken as routine, for reasons of maintaining discipline and hygiene.

Nowadays, with freedom being the over-riding buzzword, such ‘trivial’ matters are increasingly being sacrificed and overlooked – often neglecting to consider the long term negative consequences of such choices.

In a recent interview with Cii Radio, Ahmed Paruk, chairperson of the Durban based Islamic Burial Council solemnly reported back to the Ummah on some disturbing observations.

The community worker was distraught as he recounted the increasing lack of attention being paid to matters of personal hygiene such as the removal of pubic hair, as evidenced by encounters with deceased in the Muslim community.

“We are finding more and more that Paak-Saaf [matters of cleanliness] do not exist any longer”.

“Either the Madressahs are not talking about it, or the parents are not telling their children about the importance of staying in a state of cleanliness 24/7,” Paruk surmised.

According to the scholars of Islam, removal of pubic hair is one of the sunnahs of the fitrah(natural way), and Islam has stipulated that it should not be left without shaving for more than forty days.

The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “Five are among the fitrah acts: Circumcision, shaving pubic hair, plucking out armpit hair, clipping one’s nails and trimming one’s moustache.” [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]

Ibn Muflih may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said in Al-Aadaab Ash-Shar’iyyah (the religious etiquettes): ‘It is disliked to delay shaving the pubic hair, plucking out armpit hair and trimming one’s moustache more than the stated period.’

The stated period is forty days as Imaam Muslim may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him reported that Anas  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him said: “The period that was prescribed for us to trim our moustache, clip our nails, pluck out our armpit hair and shave our pubic hair is forty days.”

Failure to remove these within the stipulated period is considered reprehensible according to the Shariah.

Cautions Paruk, “cleanliness is a fundamental pillar of Islam.”

“We have to be in a state of cleanliness 24/7 because we don’t know where/when Allah SWT will be taking us away”.