If an ittar (musk) finds its mention in a Heavenly Book, i.e. the Quran, the ahadith cannot be far behind.
Islam has given a high priority to cleanliness and it encourages a clean environment without which the daily rituals such as Salaat cannot be performed. Ittar being pure and natural helps in making the environment conducive for prayers, meditation etc.
The followers of Islam are supposed to emulate the life of our Dear Prophet (saw) in every respect and using ittar is one of them. Prophet Mohammad (saw) was very fond of ittars and this fact is evident by his following saying: ‘The best of perfumes is musk’. (Sahih Muslim).
Using ittar is one of the Sunnahs of Fridays besides wearing one’s best clothes, miswak, ghusl etc.
Here are some ahadith which give us a fair idea about the fact that ittars were an integral part of Huzur Paak’s (saw) life:
Narrated Anas bin Malik, ‘The Prophet (saw) had a sukkah /container from which he used to apply taib (ittar, musk oil etc)’. (Sunan Abu Dawud/Vol.4, hadith-4162/ Hadith Saheeh)
Narrated Thumama bin Abdullah, ‘Anas (ra) never used to refuse taib (ittar, oil fragrances, musk oils and perfume oils) and he used to say that Prophet Mohammad (saw) never refused (a gift of) scent. (Sahih Bukhari,volume 7, hadith # 5929)
Narrated Salman al Farisi that Prophet Mohammad (saw) said, ‘If a man takes a bath on Friday, purifies himself thoroughly, uses oil and ittar which is available in his house, sets forth for the mosque, does not sit forcibly between two people, offers the prayer that is prescribed for him and listens to the Imam silently, his sins between the present Friday and the one earlier will be forgiven. (Riyad-us-Saliheen/V1/H #828/Hadith Sahih)
Narrat Hazrat Ayesha (ra) said, ‘I used to scent Allah’s Apostle (saw) with the best ittar available till I saw the shine of the ittar on his head and beard.’ (Sahih Bukhari,volume 7, hadith # 5923)
Ittars are used extensively in the Islamic world on different occasions such as Eid-ul-Fitr, Eid-ul-Zoha and Friday Salaah.
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