Date: 04 Aug 2008


Here are three ahadith to learn about the pathetic personal hygiene of Muhammad and his followers:

Some jihadist’s lice fell from their heads on their faces…(Sahih Bukhari, 5.59.503)

Sahih Bukhari, Volume 5, Book 59, Number 503

Narrated Kab bin Ujra:

The Prophet came to me at the time of Al-Hudaibiya Pledge while lice were falling on my face. He said, "Are the lice of your head troubling you?" I said, "Yes." He said, "Shave your head and fast for three days, or feed six poor persons, or slaughter a sheep as sacrifice." (The sub-narrator, Aiyub said, "I do not know with which of these three options he started.") 

Muhammad visited Umm Haram and she looked for lice in his head…(Sahih Bukhari, 9.87.130)

Sahih Bukhari, Volume 9, Book 87, Number 130:
Narrated Anas bin Malik:
Allah's Apostle used to visit Um Haram bint Milhan she was the wife of 'Ubada bin As-Samit. One day the Prophet visited her and she provided him with food and started looking for lice in his head. Then Allah's Apostle slept and afterwards woke up smiling. Um Haram asked, "What makes you smile, O Allah's Apostle?" He said, "Some of my followers were presented before me in my dream as fighters in Allah's Cause, sailing in the middle of the seas like kings on the thrones or like kings sitting on their thrones." (The narrator Ishaq is not sure as to which expression was correct). Um Haram added, 'I said, "O Allah's Apostle! Invoke Allah, to make me one of them;" So Allah's Apostle invoked Allah for her and then laid his head down (and slept). Then he woke up smiling (again). (Um Haram added): I said, "What makes you smile, O Allah's Apostle?" He said, "Some people of my followers were presented before me (in a dream) as fighters in Allah's Cause." He said the same as he had said before. I said, "O Allah's Apostle! Invoke Allah to make me from them." He said, "You are among the first ones." Then Um Haram sailed over the sea during the Caliphate of Muawiya bin Abu Sufyan, and she fell down from her riding animal after coming ashore, and died. 

Muhammad's companions were manual labourers; they had stinky body odour...(Sahih Bukhari 3.34.285)

Sahih Bukhari, Volume 3, Book 34, Number 285:
Narrated Aisha:
The companions of Allah's Apostle used to practise manual labor, so their sweat used to smell, and they were advised to take a bath. 

No wonder then, that, today, most of Muhammad’s ardent followers carry on with his tradition or Sunna—because it is compulsory for every Muslim to emulate Muhammad in all aspects, including his personal hygiene habits (see verses 3:31, 3:132, 4:13, 33:21, 33:36, and 68:4).

Muhammad’s Obsession with Saliva, Dirt, and Polluted Water
To prove his divinity and supernatural power Muhammad often resorted to horrid practices. Such practices involved asking people to use the water he had polluted through ablution, bath, or mouthwash, or even by spitting on it.

Sahih Bukhari (1.4.187) sates that people used to collect the leftover water after Muhammad’s ablution. He asked people to drink the water from the tumbler on which he had washed his hands, and threw a mouthful of water in it.

To prove his divine authority, Muhammad even let a sick boy drink the leftover water after he had performed ablution (Sahih Bukhari, 1.4.189). Another boy drank the leftover water/milk that Muhammad had drunk (Sahih Bukhari, 3.40.541, 554).

One grotesque unhygienic practice of Muhammad was the use of his saliva to influence illiterate, unformed believers to his claim of possession of supernatural power. In earlier episodes we already witnessed many examples of this extremely unhygienic practice. Here are a few more samples of Muhammad’s fixation with his spittle.

·         Muhammad used his saliva to soften a date, and then gave it to an infant to suck… (Sahih Bukhari, 25.5340, 5341, 5345) 

·         When Anas’s son was born Muhammad fed him with dates mixed with his (Muhammad’s) saliva and gave him the name Abdullah… (Sahih Bukhari, 31.6013) 

·         Muhammad’s saliva is good for children. He used to spit into the mouth of suckling children, and his saliva would satisfy them until nightfall… (Ash Shifa, p.184) 

·         If a baby sucked Muhammad’s tongue, the baby became quiet… (Ash Shifa, p.184) 

·         He gave al Hasan and al Husayn his tongue to suck. They had been weeping from thirst and upon sucking Muhammad’s tongue they became quiet… (Ash Shifa, p.184) 

·         People rubbed Muhammad’s spittle on their faces… (Ash Shifa, p.237) 

·         Muhammad recommended that you can spit on your cloth and then fold it and rub it…(Sahih Muslim, 4.1121) 

Spit three times to the left when someone questions who created Allah… (ibn Ishaq, p.270)


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