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Sunnats and Aadaab of Relieving Oneself – Part 2

1. Enter the toilet with your left foot.
2. Do not remove your lower garment while standing. Instead, remove your lower garment after you draw close to the ground so that the least amount of time is spent with the satr exposed.

عن ابن عمر رضي الله عنهما قال كان النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم إذا أراد الحاجة لا يرفع ثوبه حتى يدنو من الأرض (سنن أبي داود، الرقم: 14)

Hazrat Abdullah bin Umar (radhiyallahu anhuma) reports that when Hazrat Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) intended to relieve himself, he would not raise his lower garment until he drew close to the ground.

3. When relieving yourself, do not face towards the qiblah. Similarly, your back should not be towards the qiblah.

عن أبي أيوب الأنصاري رضي الله عنه قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم إذا أتى أحدكم الغائط فلا يستقبل القبلة ولا يولها ظهره (صحيح البخاري، الرقم: 144)

Hazrat Abu Ayyoob Ansaari (radhiyallahu anhu) reports that Hazrat Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said, “When any of you wishes to relieve himself, he should not do so while facing the qiblah nor should he turn his back towards the qiblah.

4. Do not talk while relieving yourself, unless there is a need to speak.

عن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم لا يخرج اثنان إلى الغائط فيجلسان يتحدثان كاشفين عورتهما فإن الله عز وجل يمقت على ذلك (مجمع الزوائد، الرقم: 1021)

Hazrat Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu anhu) reports that Hazrat Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said, “Two people should not go to relieve themselves at a place where both sit together while relieving themselves and speak to each other with their satr (private parts) exposed, for certainly Allah Ta’ala greatly dislikes this.”

5. While in the toilet, do not make any zikr verbally. If you sneeze, do not say, “alhamdulillah”. However, you may recite “alhamdulillah” in your heart. If someone makes salaam to you, do not reply to the salaam.
6. Do not eat or drink in the toilet.

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