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Importance of good appearance

Posted on: December 19, 2010

We all know about the importance of spiritual cleanliness. But here I want to stress on physical cleanliness and outward appearance. Unfortunately, this is neglected despite of the emphasis laid on it in the Quran and Hadith. Looking clean and nice is a way of the Prophet. It will make you look good, feel good, be confident. People will like your company and will respect you. Muslims in general pay very less attention on presentation and behavior which make us look barbaric, uncivilized and eventually blemishes the image of Muslims in the society. How can we think of presenting islam when we can’t present ourselves?

Below are a few references on this topic from the Quran & sayings of the Prophet

“O children of Adam! wear your beautiful apparel at every  place of prayer: eat and drink: but waste not by excess for God loves not the wasters. Say: Who has forbidden the beautiful (gifts) of God, which He hath produced for his servants, and the things clean and pure (which He has provided) for sustenance? Say: They are in the life of this world, for those who believe, (and) purely for them on the Day of Judgment. Thus do We explain the signs in detail for those who understand.” (Quran, Chapter 7, Verse 31-32)

“Surely God loves those who are most repenting, and loves those who keep themselves pure and clean.” (Chapter 2, Verse 222)


Yahya related to me from Malik from Zayd ibn Aslam that Ata ibn Yasar told him that the Messenger of God (may God bless him and grant him peace) was in the mosque when a man came in with disarranged hair and beard. The Messenger of God motioned with his hand that he should be sent out to groom his hair and beard. The man did so and then returned. The Messenger of God said, “Isn’t this better than that one of you should come with his head disarranged, as if he were a devil?” (Malik Muwatta, Book 51, Number 51.2.7)

‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ud reported that the Prophet (God bless him and grant him peace) said, “No one who has an atom’s weight of pride in his heart will enter the Garden.” A man said, “And if the man likes his clothes to be good and his sandals to be good?” He said, “God is Beautiful and loves beauty. Pride means to renounce the truth and to look down on people.” [Muslim]

On Brushing Teeth & Bad Breath

Abu Hurairah reported: The Messenger of Allah (God bless him and grant him peace) said, “Had I not thought it difficult for my nation, I would have commanded them to use the Miswak (tooth-stick) before every Salat.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Hudaifah reported: Whenever the Messenger of Allah (God bless him and grant him peace) got up (from sleep), he would rub his teeth with Miswak (tooth-stick). [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

The prophet even forbade people to come to mosque if a person smelled like garlic or onion until its odor went away.

Hadith Narrated AbuSa’id al-Khudri:

The garlic and onions were mentioned before the Apostle of God (peace be upon him). He was told: The most severe of them is garlic. Would you make it unlawful? The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Eat it, and he who eats it should not come near this mosque until its odor goes away.”
(Abu Dawood, Book 27, Number 3814)

If we analyze ourselves different times a day, we will find ourselves not pleasant looking or smelling. If we make brushing teeth often, putting a scent, ensuring our clothes are clean a habit, we can stand out and become an ideal as an individual and as a nation.

Why spend our lives smelling bad and looking dull when God has created beautiful things for us and blessed us with things that make us look clean and nice? Looking clean and presentable is a very easy way to earn the pleasure of God, follow prophet’s way, please the people around us and make our own selves happy too. It’s a win – win situation. Isn’t it?

2 Responses to "Importance of good appearance"

Salaam. Do not add anything when you quote verses from quran. Khuju zinatkum inda kulli masjudin mean take your adornment at every place of prayer(masjid).
It does not mean everytime and every place of worship like you posted which is wrong.

Thanks for pointing out. I changed it.

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