Head Lice Prophet’s Guidance
Head Lice Prophet’s Guidance
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In the Sahihain, it is narrated that Ka’ab bin Ujrah Radi Allaho Anh said, “I was suffering from lice and I was carried to Prophet Muhammad Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam while lice were falling off on my face, the beloved Prophet said: “I did not realize that your trouble had reached the condition that I see (you in). Prophet Muhammad Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam then ordered him to have his head shaved and either fast three days or feed six poor persons or slaughter one sheep as a sacrifice”.
Lice appear on the head and body for two reasons, external and internal. The external cause occurs due to uncleanness and impure substances that the skin might carry. The internal reason is caused by rotted substances that the body expels through the skin and then rots due to wetness in the skins pores. The head lice appear then (and feed on these rotted substances).
Many times, Head lice appear after one suffers from various illnesses and diseases, because in this ease cleanliness is ignored. In addition, children are the typical victims of lice because they usually play in and deal with wet things and because of their careless nature.
This is why Prophet Muhammad Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam ordered that the heads of the sons of Ja’far Radi Allaho Anh be shaved, as shaving is one of the best cures for lice because it exposes the skin to the sun and allows the harmful moistures under the skin to evaporate. Then, the head should be anointed with the cures that prevent lice from reproducing and kill them.
Shaving occurs for three reasons, as a legal ritual, as an act of innovation and polytheism, and as a cure. The first type is performed during Hajj and Umrah. The second type occurs for other than Allah.
Shaving the head is an act of humility and worship, and this is why it is a ritual that completes the Hajj acts. Imam Shafi’ee even considers shaving the head a cornerstone of Hajj since it entails lowering the sides of the head in humility before the Lord and since it is an honored act of worship. Furthermore, when Arabs wanted to humiliate a captured warrior and then set him free, they would first shave his head.
Later on, the teachers of false guidance and evil who seek to acquire the rights of lordship for themselves and whose ministry concentrates on polytheism and innovations came along.
Such evil teachers wanted their students to perform the acts of worship for their sake. Consequently, they encouraged their students to shave their heads for their sake, just as they lured them to prostrate before them, calling this act by other than its true name and claiming that it is not prostrating, but merely lowering the head before the teacher.
By Allah! What is prostrating for the sake of Allah, if it is not lowering the head before Him?
The evil teachers lured their students to vow to them, repent to them and swear by their names. This is taking such teachers as gods beside Allah. The All Mighty LORD said:
مَا كَانَ لِبَشَرٍ أَن يُؤْتِيَهُ اللهُ الْكِتَابَ وَالْحُكْمَ وَالنُّبُوَّةَ ثُمَّ يَقُولَ لِلنَّاسِ كُونُوْا عِبَاداً لِّى مِن دُونِ اللهِ وَلَكِن كُونُواْ رَبَّانِيِّينَ بِمَا كُنْتُمْ تُعَلِّمُونَ الْكِتَابَ وَبِمَا كُنْتُمْ تَدْرُسُونَ وَلاَ يَأْمُرُكُمْ أَن تَتَّخِذُواْ الْمَلاَئِكَةَ وَالنَّبِيِّينَ أَرْبَاباً، أَيَأْمُرُكُم بِالْكُفْرِ بَعْدَ إذْ أَنْتُم مُّسْلِمُونَ
“It is not (possible) for any human being to whom Allah Has Given the Book and Al-Hukm (the knowledge and understanding of the laws of religion) and Nubuwwah (Prophet hood) to say to the people: “Be my worshippers rather than Allah’s”. On the contrary (he would say): “Be you Rabbaniyyeen (learned men of religion who practice what they know and preach others), because you are teaching the Book, and you are studying it.
Nor would he order you to take angels and Prophets for lords (gods). Would he order you to disbelieve after you have submitted to Allah’s Will ?” (3:79, 80)
Prayer is the highest act of worship. Yet the teachers of false guidance, the so-called scholars and tyrants have divided the acts of prayer between themselves. For instance, the teachers of false guidance chose the highest act in the prayer, prostrating, for themselves. Some so-called scholars have acquired bowing down for themselves.
When they meet each other, some of them bow down before the others just as one does while praying to Allah. As for the tyrants, they acquired standing up for themselves. (Free and slave men stand up before the tyrants while the tyrants are sitting down).
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