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PURIFICATION. A hadith states, "Purity is half of faith." This terse statement related from the prophet Muhammad underlines the importance of purity and purification in the Islamic tradition. The fundamental notion of purity is also reflected in the Islamic concept of fitrah (human nature). One famous hadith enumerates the following elements of fitrah: circumcision, removing hair from under the armpits and pubic area, pairing the nails, proper cleanliness, and perfuming oneself. Each of these ac ...more

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