3 Islamic Personal Care Secrets to Elevate Your Morning

Integrate Islamic personal care practices into your morning for cleanliness, spiritual enrichment, and Barakah, perfect for a presentable Muslim man.

You can be the most well-dressed man on social media, but if you don’t pay attention to cleanliness and hygiene, you need a priority check. At the core of every confident and presentable Muslim man is attention to cleanliness and hygiene. As the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, “Cleanliness is half of faith” [Sahih Muslim].

The secret to developing a beautiful, righteous character stems from the care a person puts into his outward appearance, which begins with integrating Islamic personal care practices into one’s morning routine. These routines can help elevate both your physical cleanliness and spiritual well-being and ultimately bring Barakah (blessing) to your day.

  • Ghusl: The Purifying Shower

Starting your morning with a shower is common, but have you considered transforming it into a Ghusl (غسل)? Ghusl is a ritual bath in Islam that purifies the body from major impurities. This practice is not just about physical cleanliness; it’s a spiritual act that prepares you for worship.

To perform ghusl, begin with the intention of purification and recite “Bismillah” (In the name of Allah). Ensure that water touches every part of your body, starting with washing your hands, mouth, and nose, followed by the rest of your body. Ghusl is especially recommended on Fridays before the Jummah (Friday) prayer, symbolising a fresh start for the blessed day. By incorporating ghusl into your routine, you’re not just cleaning your body but also aligning your actions with a Sunnah (practice) of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), thus earning rewards.

The beauty of our Deen lies in such simple yet profound acts. Turning a regular shower into ghusl transforms a mundane task into an act of worship, making your morning routine spiritually enriching. Subhanallah (Glory be to Allah), this small change can bring immense blessings to your day.

  • Wudhu: The Illuminating Ablution

After completing ghusl, maintain your state of ablution by performing wudhu (الوضوء). Wudhu, or ablution, is a practice that cleanses and prepares you for prayers. It involves washing the hands, mouth, nose, face, arms, head, and feet. This routine not only ensures physical cleanliness but also holds deep spiritual significance.

The term “wudhu” itself signifies beauty, light, and cleanliness. Performing wudhu washes away sins and brings a sense of renewal and peace. Reflect on how the first wudhu of the day makes you feel—it’s a moment to reset and center yourself before engaging in your daily prayers.

Maintaining wudhu throughout the day keeps you in a state of spiritual readiness, fostering a continuous connection with Allah. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) emphasized the importance of wudhu, highlighting its role in purifying the believer both physically and spiritually.

  • Miswak: The Prophetic Toothbrush

The final practice to incorporate into your morning routine is using the miswak. The miswak, a natural toothbrush made from the Salvadora persica tree, was a staple in the personal hygiene of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Using the miswak before prayers was highly encouraged by the Prophet, who stated that if it weren’t too difficult for his followers, he would have made its use obligatory.

The benefits of miswak are numerous. It cleanses the mouth, prevents tooth decay, and leaves a fresh breath. More importantly, it revives a Sunnah that connects us directly to the practices of the Prophet (peace be upon him). The act of using the miswak is simple yet profoundly rewarding.

Integrating Faith into Modern Lifestyle

Incorporating these three personal care practices—ghusl, wudhu, and miswak—into your morning routine not only enhances your physical cleanliness but also strengthens your spiritual connection. As Muslim men, blending faith with modern living is essential. By rooting our daily habits in Islamic practices, we bring barakah into our lives and set a positive example for others.

Embrace these practices and experience the holistic benefits they bring. Start your day with ghusl to purify your body and soul, maintain wudhu to stay spiritually attuned, and use the miswak to revive a cherished Sunnah. Let’s not just be well-dressed but also spiritually elevated, embodying the true essence of being a sartorial Muslim.

This article is part of “The Sartorial Muslim Edit,” a weekly content series by MVSLIM and content creator and modest fashion stylist Mohamed Sharif, aka @theswolearab, a style and lifestyle guide for the Muslim man, blending faith with modern men’s fashion. Follow us on Instagram to catch the ongoing series.