What is Taharah in Islam? Meaning of ‎cleanliness?‎

Taharah means purity; cleanliness. Keeping oneself in the state ‎of Taharah is essential for both men and women. When a ‎Muslim is not clean and unable to perform daily religious ‎obligations, he/she is in the state of nijasa (impure; unclean). It ‎is obligatory for Muslims to become clean as soon as possible. ‎

Types of taharah in islam:

For example, an impure state is ihtilam (when a male ejaculates ‎semen, either in the state of dream or after sexual intercourse). ‎Women become impure after sexual intercourse or haiz ‎‎(menstruation) or nifas (vaginal bleeding after giving birth). In ‎these situations, ghusl becomes obligatory, to acquire taharah. ‎The proper procedure of ghusl must be learnt by Muslims to ‎acquire taharah. ‎

What is meant by Istihaza?

If any female continues to bleed (in the state of nifas, after ‎giving birth) for over 40 days, then she is no longer in the state ‎of nifas -after ghusl- she is in Istihaza. In Istihaza, a female is ‎not considered impure and ghusl does not become obligatory ‎upon her; although utmost care is required for cleanliness.‎ The proper procedure of ghusl must be learnt by Muslims to ‎acquire taharah. ‎

What is meant by Istinja?‎

Istinja becomes obligatory upon urinating and/or excreting. ‎Istinja is to wash with water the private parts thoroughly. ‎Without proper Istinja, one cannot be clean and is not permitted ‎to make the required wudhu before performing salah or for any ‎other reason where wudhu is necessary. Thus, do not be careless ‎about istinja and learn how to do wudhu properly for taharah. ‎

What is Wudu and why is it done?‎

Wudhu (ablution) is a very common practice among Muslims.

‎Wudhu is to wash ones hands, face and feet as prescribed in ‎sharia to perform the salah. Without doing wudhu properly, ‎performing the salah is prohibited.‎

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What is the meaning of tayammum? ‎

Although it is uncommon these days, especially in the West, to ‎not find water for ghusl or wudhu, Islam permits Muslims to do ‎tayammum, when there is no access to water. Because fulfilling ‎one’s religious obligations is a priority, Islam allows tayammum ‎for taharah. ‎
Tayammum is to clean oneself with the use of clean soil, sand, ‎limestone, brick, coal, clay or stone or anything of similar ‎nature. Tayammum is to touch lightly with both hands such ‎earthly soil and rub on face and hands (arms). Tayammum ‎suffices for both ghusl and wudhu.‎
A junub is an unclean or impure male or female who is not ‎permitted to perform any religious practice, especially the salah, ‎until they acquire tahara through ghusl. Muslims must come into ‎the state of taharah from the state of junub, as soon as possible.‎

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