Cleanliness is both the abstract state of being clean and free from germs, dirt, trash, or waste, and the habit of achieving and maintaining that state. Cleanliness is often achieved through cleaning. Cleanliness is a good quality, as indicated by the aphorism: “Cleanliness is next to Godliness“, and may be regarded as contributing to other ideals such as ‘health‘ and ‘beauty‘.
On a practical level, cleanliness is thus related to hygiene and disease prevention. Washing is one way of achieving physical cleanliness, usually with water and often some kind of soap or detergent. Cleaning procedures are of the utmost importance in many forms of manufacturing.
Cleanliness is linked with proper hygiene. A person who is said to be clean usually depicts cleanliness.
Cleanliness sure is a sign of a healthy mind and it is also emphasized by our Prophet Muhammad ﷺ by saying that “Cleanliness is half of the faith”. It is important here to understand what is meant by cleanliness. The Arabic word for cleanliness is Taharah which is generally considered keeping our body, our dress, and also our surroundings clean but what we mostly miss out on is the cleanliness of thoughts which is referred to as inner taharah. The above hadith states that cleanliness is half of the faith which makes us wonder if cleaning our body and our clothes are enough to achieve half of faith. The answer is ‘certainly not’, we need to purify our thoughts, our actions, and our habits to complete our half of faith. Only then can we achieve closeness to Allah which is the ultimate goal of all actions. It is said in the Holy Quran:
Truly, God Loves Those Who Turn Unto Him In Repentance And Loves Those Who Purify Themselves.