Lessons from the hadeeth of the believer never being impure

It was narrated that Abu Hurairah, may Allaah be pleased with him, said: “The Prophet, peace and blessing be upon him, came across me in one of the streets of Medina and at that time I was Junub . So I slipped away from him and went to take a bath. On my return the Prophet, peace and blessing be upon him, said, “O Abu Hurairah! Where have you been?” I replied, “I was Junub, so I disliked to sit in your company.” The Prophet, peace and blessing be upon him, said, “Subhaan Allaah (Glorified be Allaah)! A believer never becomes impure.”  [Reported by Al-Bukhaari and Muslim].

Some  lessons we learn from this hadeeth 

1) Since Abu Huraira (r.a) was in the streets in the condition of Junub, scholars have said that It is not compulsory to immediately take ghusl after being in a state of sexual defilement however as per other ahadeeth, the scholars have deemed it mustahhab.

2) The asking of the prophet “Where have you been?” shows that it is against the proper adab to leave someone who is in your company without seeking his permission or notifying him.

3) The understanding of Abu Huraira (r.a) teaches us that it is preferable to give respect to esteemed personalities such as scholars and to be clean and tidy in their presence

4) the expression “Subhanallah” was said by the Prophet sallalahu `alayhi wa sallam out of amazement and some scholars have also said it was an expression questioning something

5) As for the issue of the believer never becoming impure then this is a general statement and is taken in terms of essence (dhaat). This does not mean that a believer does not need to take ghusl after janaabah or that he doesn’t become impure after having fallen in a urine pool.

Also some ulema have taken this statement to apply that in essence, a believer whether dead or alive remains pure.

Wallahu `alam


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