Prophetic Guidance on preserving the health with perfume
The Messenger of Allah (Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam) said:
ثبت عن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم أنه قال: “حُبِّبَ إلىَّ من دُنياكُم: النِّساءُ والطِّيبُ، وجُعلتْ قُرَّةُ عَيْنى فى الصَّلاة”
“From your world, woman (WIFE) and Teeb (perfume) were made beloved to me and the comfort of my eye is in the Salaat (prayer)”.
The Messenger of Allah (Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam) used to frequently use Teeb (perfume) and did not like foul odors.
Good perfumes are nutrition for the soul, and soul is the dynamo of the rest of body’s powers. Perfume helps the brain, heart and internal organs and brings comfort to the heart and the soul. Perfumes are the most suitable and favorable remedy and substance for the soul. Also, there is a close connection between good soul & scented perfumes; this is why perfumes were among the dearest substances in this world to the heart of the most pure of all people, our prophet Muhammad Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam.
Al-Bukhari narrated that Prophet Muhammad Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam (prophetic guidance) used to always accept perfume when presented to him. Also, Muslim narrated that the Messenger of Allah (Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam) said “He who is offered Rayhan (Basil) should not refuse it, because it is easy to wear & has a good scent”.
Furthermore, Abu Dawood and Nasaai narrated that Prophet Muhammad Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam said “Whoever is offered some perfume should not refuse it because it is light to wear and has a good scent”.
Ibn Abi Shaibah also narrated that the Messenger of Allah (Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam) had a container that had some perfume & he used to perfume himself with it, the Prophet also said “Allah Has a right on every Muslim that he takes a bath at least once in seven days and if he has a perfume, he should use it”.
Furthermore, angels like perfume while devils (Sheytaan & JINN) dislike it, because the dearest scent to the devils are foul orders, while good souls like good scents. Every soul leans towards and deserves what it likes. Evil men are suitable for evil women & vice versa, while good men are suitable for good women in general; it also applies to every type of deed, speech, food, drink, clothing & scent.
Teeb (perfume) is the fuel of the soul, which is the engine of body’s powers & energy. Therefore, various strengths and powers in the body are nurtured in the presence of Teeb. Similarly, powers of the body are nurtured by consuming food and drink, following comfort and elation, being close to loved ones, receiving good news and by the absence of hateful / disliked persons whose presence is heavy on the heart. Indeed, associating with disliked persons weakens the strength and causes sadness and depression, just as the effects that fever and foul odor have on the body. This is why the companions of Prophet Muhammad Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam were disallowed from acquiring the characteristics that would bother the Prophet and make them detested and disliked by him. Allah Said:
إذَا دُعِيتُمْ فَادْخُلُواْ فَإذَا طَعِمْتُمْ فَانْتَشِرُواْ وَلاَ مُسْتَأْنِسِينَ لِحَدِيثٍ إنَّ ذلِكُمْ كَانَ يُؤْذِى النَّبِىَّ فَيَسْتَحْىِ مِنْكُمْ، وَاللهُ لاَ يَسْتَحْىِ مِنَ الْحَقِّ [الأحزاب: 52-53]
“But when you are invited, enter, and when you have taken your means, disperse without sitting for a talk. Verily, such (behavior) annoys the Prophet, and he is shy of (asking) you (to go): but Allah Is not shy of (Telling you) the truth.” (33:53)
In short, the Teeb / perfume was one of the dearest objects to Prophet Muhammad Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam. It has a good effect on preserving health and removing many ailments because it arouses the power of the body.
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