The Key


Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) is reported to have said: “The key to Jannah is salaah and the key to salaah is purification”(Mishkaat). The purification in this Hadith primarily refers to wudhu (ablution) but includes the general purity of the body, clothing and place of salaah. This Hadith more than adequately illustrates the extreme importance of Tahaarah (purity) in Deen. Therefore every effort has to be made to save oneself from all forms of impurities. If the key of purity is lost, the key to Jannah will be jeopadized.



In this regard it is a matter of great concern that many Muslims have become accustomed to the habitual use of western style toilets. While in some cases due to injury, illness or infirmity people are forced by their circumstances to resort to the use of western toilets, in most instances the western toilet has become a deliberate first choice. It will be conceeded by any fair minded person that to totally protect the body and clothing from any splashes when using the western toilet requires an extreme amount of care and precaution. It is a laborious task which is difficult to adhere to on a constant basis. Thus those who deliberately and without any need use the western toilets are prone to becoming lax in taking the extra care that is necessary. The body and clothing can then become soiled as a result of which one’s salaah is also affected.



Another aspect is that of children. When a child will be trained to only use the western toilet, he will always maintain this habit. However, it cannot be expected of the child to undertake the extreme care that is necessary when using the western toilet. Thus he will become lax in refraining from impurities. As a result his salaah, etc. will also be adversely affected.



Not saving oneself from urine drops has serious consequences. Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) is reported to have said: “Beware of urine, for verily, the majority of (the cases of) punishment in the grave is because of it (urine).” Once Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) passed by two graves and was informed that the inmates of the graves were being punished in the grave. Informing the Sahaba (R.A.) of the reason for the punishment of one of the inmates of the grave, Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said: “He was not in the habit of staying pure from urine”(Mishkaat).

Perhaps one may personally be careful in the use of the western toilet. However, due to the carelessness of another person, one could become soiled with impurities. For instance suppose a child or even some adult used the toilet and soiled the rim with urine drops. By the time the next person had come to use the toilet, the impurity had dried up. The second person now sits on that soiled toilet seat and due to perspiration, etc., his body is also soiled with the impurity. Thus the Salaah of such a person is also affected.

Besides the above, the use of the eastern toilet or squat pan allows one to relieve oneself in the natural way that has always been known to man. The unnatural way of the western toilet is bound to have negative side-effects on the body. Also, doctors at St. Vincent Hospital and Medical Center in Portland, U.S.A. have found that Gonorrhea bacteria could survive for several hours on a toilet seat (Evening Post - P.E.).

In the light of the above it is thus important that, unless forced by extreme necessity, one should totally avoid the western toilet.


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