Hadith on Cleansing: Purifying with Five Daily Prayers in Islam

📖Sahih al-Bukhari 528
Narrated Abu Huraira: I heard Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) saying, “If there was a river at the door of anyone of you and he took a bath in it five times a day would you notice any dirt on him?” They said, “Not a trace of dirt would be left.” The Prophet (ﷺ) added, “That is the example of the five prayers with which Allah blots out (annuls) evil deeds.”

  • The meaning of this Hadith from Sahih al-Bukhari 528 is that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) compared the five daily prayers in Islam to taking a bath in a river multiple times a day. Just as bathing in a river would cleanse a person’s body from dirt, the regular performance of the five daily prayers is believed to purify a person’s soul and remove their sins. The Hadith emphasizes the importance of performing the five daily prayers as a means of seeking forgiveness from Allah (SWT) and nullifying evil deeds. It highlights the spiritual cleansing and purifying aspect of the obligatory prayers in Islam, encouraging believers to consistently perform them to attain purity and righteousness in their hearts and actions.