Muslims presented HYGIENE to mankind

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    Isabella the Catholic Queen of Spain

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    Author: Taqeeud Deen al Hilaalee
    Topic: To non-Muslims


    Al ‘Allaamah Muhammad Taqee ad Deen al Hilaalee, may Allaah have mercy upon him, comments on the book ‘A Muslim City in Spain’ by Joseph Mckee where he states on P.105:

    “Isabella (1451 -1504), the queen of Spain, she assumed power in 1474, she was sly, cunning and obstinate. She exerted all her efforts in torturing the Muslims and Jews and renewing their plight, and made many of errors in the name of religion.

    As for personal issues then there is not much to be said, she used to take pride in the fact that she never bathed except twice; the day she was born in the year 1451 and the day she got married in the year 1469. She was also bathed when she died in 1504.”


    The reality is that she only bathed once on the night of her wedding, because the bathing that took place during her birth and during her death were not of her own will.”

    He comments:

    “Just to note, the religion of the Christians was never a religion of cleanliness. The evidence for this is that they used to prohibit the Spanish Muslims from cleaning themselves and bathing, and whoever was caught bathing or was found to have a bath in his home was put to trial and accused of concealing his Islaam. Personal hygiene was an insult that Muslims were insulted with.

    As for the state of the Christians today concerning hygiene, then it is from the blessings of living with the Muslims. I would not be exaggerating if I say that hygiene is the greatest thing that the Muslims presented to mankind after monotheism, singling Allaah the Elevated in worship."



    [Translators note] Muslims are still being criticized and insulted for practicing ablution and Istinjaa in parts of the western world.

    http://www.subulassalaam.com/articles/article.cfm?article_id=96
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    Assalam Alaikum:

    Strange,strange and strange post for me. I don't agree with Sheikh.

    Regards.
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    While I can not comment on the Sheik's comments, the concept of not bathing during the time periods mentioned are accurate. We need to think about it in historical terms. Back then, they did not have running water in which to pump hot water up to the bedrooms and so all hot water had to be heated on the stove and then carried. It was thought that to take a bath was what caused illness and so it was avoided. Bodily smells were disguised by way of heavy perfumes and both men and women used perfumed handkerchiefs that they would cover their noses with. Makeup was used to hide dirt which is why you see the practice done in old paintings.

    However, as Muslims may have brought hygiene to Europe, the Native North American's presented it to the colonists that arrived here. They long knew the benefits of being clean to keep away illness and provided the knowledge of the local plants to use in medicine, some of which are still being used today. While the "white man" is just "discovering" these healing plants now, the Native American's knew them since time immemorial.

    Ethnomedicine: Native American Medicine
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