What is fitrah?

Fritah is the pure nature upon which Allah subhana wa tallah creates every human being.  The Messenger of Allah, indicates that a child is born with a pure nature, which may then be blurred by self-indulgence or unfavorable environmental influence  Au Hurayrh and al-Aswad Bin Sari, reported that Allah’s messenger said: 

Every child is born in the pure fitrah until he is able to express himself.  the is his parents who then make him a Jew, Christian or a Magian, or a pagan.

The Prophet of Allah (salalahu alahy wa salam) then recited:

The pure nature according to which Alla has created the people: There is no change in Allah’s creation.”

Allah subhana wa talah creates a person free from wrong beliefs and inclinations, and receptive to good beliefs and inclinations.  His fitra is like a clean sheet of paper  with preliminary good writing, ready to be filled either with more good or else with bad things.

Traits of the pure fitrah.

Abu Hurayrah reported that Allah’s Messenger  (salalahu alahy wa salam) said:

There are five traits of fitrah: circumcision, shaving the pubic hair, trimming the mustache, clipping the nails and pulling (removing) the armpit hair.

The traits of fitrah pertain to the dignified and clean appearance of a human being.  We will see that the most of them are obligatory in Islam

Taken from the book The Beard and the Traits of Fitrah, chapter 1,pp. 1.  Written by Muhammad al Jibaly.






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