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"Five practices are characteristics of the Fitra (nature):, shaving the pubic hair, , clipping the nails

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I have an odd question, but it is something that i dont really understand. Ive seen many times looking through this site this quote..

"Five practices are characteristics of the Fitra (nature):, shaving the pubic hair, , clipping the nails, depilating the hair of the armpits, cutting the moustaches short and circumcision (for males)."

But i do not understand how it is nature to shave, clip the nails, cutting the moustache and for the malesto get circumcized?

Isn`t it nature for the males to not get circumcised because they are born uncircumcized? And also, we are born with hair in certain places, why is it "nature" to cut it if we are born with it.. isn`t that the nature?

 

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Fitra characteristics of nature

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Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 7.777 Narrated by Abu Huraira

Allah's Messenger (saws) said, "Five practices are characteristics of the Fitra:

shaving the pubic hair, , clipping the nails, depilating the hair of the armpits, cutting the moustaches short and circumcision (for males)."

Your Question: But i do not understand how it is nature to shave, clip the nails, cutting the moustache and for the malesto get circumcized?


Beloved sister in Islam, the confusion or misunderstanding that has arisen is probably because, for lack of a better term in English, the Arabic term fitrah has been translated into nature; but if truth be told, the limitations of the English term nature can never ever do justice to the vastness of the meaning of the Arabic term fitrah.

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 30 Surah Rome verse 30:

30 So set thou thy face steadily and truly to the Faith: (Establish) Allah's handiwork (fitrah) according to the pattern (fitra) on which He has made mankind: no change (let there be) in the work (wrought) by Allah: that is the Standard Religion: but most among mankind understand not.

 

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 6.298 Narrated by Abu Huraira

Allah's Messenger (saws) said, "No child is born except on Al-Fitra (Islam) and then his parents make him Jewish, Christian or Magian..

 

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 7.482 Narrated by Abu Huraira

On the night Allah's Messenger (saws) was taken on a night journey (Miraj) two cups, one containing wine and the other milk, were presented to him at Jerusalem. He (saws) looked at it and took the cup of milk. The Angel Jibrael (a.s.) said, "Praise be to Allah Who guided you (O Prophet (saws)) to Al-Fitra (the right path); if you had taken (the cup of) wine, your nation would have gone astray."

 

 

Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 52 Narrated by Aisha, Ummul Mu'minin

The Messenger of Allah (saws) said: Ten are the acts according to fitrah: clipping the moustache, letting the beard grow, using the tooth-stick, cutting the nails, washing the finger joints, plucking the hair under the arm-pits, shaving the pubes, and cleansing one's private parts (after easing or urinating) with water. The narrator said: I have forgotten the tenth, but it may have been rinsing the mouth.

 

Thus in conclusion, although nature is one of the aspects of Al-Fitrah, it does not relay nor does it do justice to the full meaning of the Arabic term Fitrah. Because of the limitations of the English language, the phrase I can think of which comes only close to the vast meaning of al-fitrah might be those acts which correspond to ones rightful nature or those acts which take one towards ones naturall instinct.

 

Your Question: But i do not understand how it is nature to shave, clip the nails, cutting the moustache and for the malesto get circumcized?

Just like taking a regular bath, or cleaning ones private parts after relieving oneself, or the regular brushing of ones teeth, or even the striving to hide ones private parts, or the natural instinct of saving ones face when experiencing a fall, or lying down when one wishes to sleep etc. correspond to the natural instinct of mankind..it is a natural hygienic instinct or an act which corresponds to the rightful nature of mankind to shave ones unwanted hair, to clip ones nails, or for the males to let their beards grow, trim their mustache, or get circumcised.

 

Just as one cannot say that it is unnatural to have a regular bath, or it is unnatural to wear any clothes to hide our shame, or it is unnatural to clean ones teeth..one cannot say it is unnatural to remove ones unwanted hair, or clip ones nails, or get circumcised, etc.

 

Your Question: Isn`t it nature for the males to not get circumcised because they are born uncircumcized? And also, we are born with hair in certain places, why is it "nature" to cut it if we are born with it.. isn`t that the nature?

Beloved sister in Islam, the growth of the skin around the male genitals is indeed natural and science has confirmed that this skin is absolutely needed to prevent any harm to the exposed genitals of the males during the period of child-birth.but to remove this extra skin is a characteristic of fitrah or an act which corresponds to ones rightful nature.

 

Similarly the growth of hair in certain places of ones body is natural; but its trimming or removal from certain places like the arm-pits and pubic region are acts which correspond to ones rightful nature or instinct.

 

Dear and beloved Sister in Islam, we sincerely apologize if in our shortcoming in knowledge, or because of our shortcoming of our command over the English language.. we might not have been able to totally convince you regarding the difference between the true vastness of the meaning of the Arabic term fitrah and its only available translation to the English term of nature.

 

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Your brother and well wisher in Islam,

 

 

Burhan


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