Children’s Rights on Parents 5

Children’s Rights on Parents 5

Oral and Dental Hygiene

Oral and dental hygiene are of the most important issues to be considered. Professionals say that the health of many parts of our body especially our sensitive digestive system depends on oral and dental hygiene. The teeth that Almighty Allah Has granted us are very important blessings, and are really important in maintaining our health.

We chew food with them. If done properly, chewing will guarantee proper and natural functioning of our digestive system, which will in turn help maintain our health. Bad smell from the mouth is very annoying. This bad odor is usually a result of lack of attention to oral and dental hygiene and food left in between the teeth and under the gum. "Pyorrhea" is the name of a dangerous disease which destroys the teeth and the gum and is the source of many other diseases including heart disease.

This disease is a result of inattentiveness to oral and dental hygiene. If after every meal you spend a few minutes to wash your mouth and brush your beautiful teeth and wash your mouth with some salt water, you will not only help the health of your mouth and throat, but will also save a lot of money preventing dental decay and future dental work. Then you can use your teeth for many years, even up until death. Although Islam first appeared in a desert-like area among illiterate people, it presented some important decrees regarding oral and dental hygiene.

This shows how majestic and important this school is. It also proves that the Prophet of Islam (PBUH&HP) who brought this religion to guide the people was appointed by Almighty Allah. It also shows that the twelve Immaculate Imams were chosen by Almighty Allah. Consider a part of the recommendations of our religious leaders regarding oral and dental hygiene. The Prophet (PBUH&HP) said: If it was not a burden on my nation, I would have decreed that they should brush their teeth before each prayer.(1)
The sixth Imam (PBUH) said: Brushing the teeth and oral hygiene are of the attributes of divine Prophets.(2) Imam Baqir (PBUH) said: If the people only knew how beneficial a toothbrush is, they would take it to bed with them.(3) Imam Sadiq (PBUH) was asked: Are all the people human? He answered: Yes, except for those who do not brush their teeth.(4)

The Prophet (PBUH&HP) said: Gabriel recommended me to brush my teeth so much that I feared I would lose all my teeth if I do not brush.(5) In another statement, he said: Gabriel continuously recommended me to brush my teeth, so much that I thought He wants to make brushing teeth obligatory.(6) Imam Sadiq (PBUH) said: “There are twelve benefits in brushing your teeth. It is religious. It cleans your mouth. It improves your sight. It pleases Almighty Allah. It brightens your teeth and prevents tooth decay. It strengthens your gumand improves your appetite. It removes mucus from the digestive system and improves your memory and adds to the goods and it pleases the angels.(7)

Professional doctors and specialists in the field of mouth and teeth today state that we must brush our teeth slowly from its width for a few minutes. There is a very important tradition from the Prophet (PBUH&HP) which considering the time of his Prophethood is one of his scientific miracles. Brush your teeth vertically, and do not do it horizontally (brush the width of your teeth, not their length).(8)

The Prophet (PBUH&HP) used to brush his teeth three times each night: once before going to bed, once when he got up to recite the Holy Quran and once before going to the mosque for the morning prayer. He used to brush with wood from Arak since Gabriel had instructed so.(9)

Orderliness and Hygiene in Food

Our bodies amazing digestive system, our mouth and teeth, and our desire to eat food and drink are of the great favors of Almighty Allah bestowed upon us. There are many important decrees in the Holy Quran and sources of Islamic traditions that are issued regarding how to obtain food legitimately and how to use it to guarantee our physical and mental health.

This will also result in the family’s and the society's health. It seems that some of these are religiously obligatory, some are morally obligatory, and some are strongly recommended. Disobeying those decrees which are religiously obligatory is forbidden and shall cause in retribution in the Hereafter. Disobeying those decrees which are strongly recommended will cause losses and harm to the body and its predisposition to ailment. Among the most important religiously obligatory decrees in the Holy Quran, we can mention obtaining clothing, food, and housing through legitimate means.

O' ye who believe! Eat of the good things that We have provided for you, and be grateful to Almighty Allah, if it is Him ye worship.(10) O' ye people! Eat of what is on the Earth, lawful and good and do not follow the footsteps of the Evil One, for he is to you an avowed enemy.(11) Eat and drink: But waste not by excess, for Almighty Allah loves not the wasters.(12)

The issues stressed here are to be clean; to have acquired goods legitimately and to avoid wastefulness. It is religiously obligatory to acquire clean food through legitimate means. It is religiously forbidden to waste. It is oppression to oneself and others and against Almighty Allah and certainly a cause for divine retribution to be careless about acquiring property by legitimate means; to eat of what has been forbidden or is dirty or to be wasteful.

It is necessary for the head of the household to become familiar with related Islamic teachings, and to transfer his knowledge to the house. In this way, the house will be clean and the members of the family can grow up and develop to be a source of goodness for themselves and others.

Continue in the next article: ( Children’s Rights on Parents 6 )

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1. [Mizan al-Hikmat, v.4, p.596]

2. [Bihar al-Anwar, v.76, p.131]

3. [Mizan al-Hikmat, v.4, p.597]

4. [Ibid]

5. [Ibid]

6. [Ibid]

7. [Bihar al-Anwar, v.76, p.129]

8. [Mizan al-Hikmat, v.4, p.599]

9. [Ibid]

10. [Holy Quran: Baqara 2:172]

11. [Holy Quran: Baqara 2:168]

12. [Holy Quran: A'raf 7:31]