Hello and Assalamualaikum!
I know I told you all that I will be posting a part 2 to I Quit Music: the Reason, and What I Think About Music Now with an islamic perspective, but after further research I think it’s best for me to avoid going into the topic as it is very controversial and I fear that I will post something incorrect. So instead I’ll treat you all with advising you to revive a forgotten act that we should accomplish before salah.
This forgotten act is mention directly in the Quran, yet not many people adhere to it. The act is beautifying yourself.
“O children of Adam, take your adornment at every masjid, and eat and drink, but be not excessive. Indeed, He likes not those who commit excess.”
- Wear clean clothes
- Wear nice clothes
- Use a miswaak before each salah
- Use kohl
UPDATE/EDIT: As one of my beautiful readers pointed out, it’s also important to mention that ladies should not be excessive in beautifying yourselves when going to the masjid. Do not wear excessive makeup, put on perfume, etc. As we are going to the masjid, Allah loves modesty when we step out of our homes. Secondly, if you do wear just a dab of lipstick for example (keep it natural), make sure there are no impurities in the lipstick or whatever else you put on (not only when going to the masjid). Did you know that an ingredient in most lipsticks is boiled and dried beetles? This ingredient is called carmine/cochineal/crimson lake/red 4/ E120 and gives a red pigment…nasty..
We should beautify ourselves before salah, and yes, even before fajr salah.
We should go for our “meeting” with Allah عزوجل in the best of manners, just as we would go to parties, interviews, classes, to a restaurant, etc. in a presentable matter. Allah عزوجل is far higher than these things, so make it a priority to dress nicely and be presentable for Him as well.
A great reason, which may not be the only reason, given for this was said by Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan – he said that when you go out, you dress up because you know people will be looking out you. Therefore, when you dress up before salah, you will be conscious about the fact that Allah عزوجل is looking at you, and you will have more khushoo in salah. Subhanallah.
Let’s try to revive the act of beautifying ourselves before Allah عزوجل.
‘Abd-Allaah ibn Mas’ood narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “No one will enter Paradise who has an atom’s-weight of pride in his heart.” A man said, “What if a man likes his clothes to look good and his shoes to look good?” He said, “Allaah is beautiful and loves beauty. Pride means denying the truth and looking down on people.”
Muslim in his Saheeh, no. 131