Narrated Abu Malik Al-Harith ibn Aasim Al-Ash`ari: Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said, “Cleanliness is half of Faith.”(Sahih Muslim)
Allah, the Almighty, says, [Surely, Allah loves those who turn much to Him, and He loves those who purify themselves.] (Al-Baqarah 2:222).
Considering how Islam, like other world religions, advocates cleanliness as emphasized numerous times in the Qur’an and Hadith, one would not typically associate danger with such a virtuous habit.
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However, modern methods of bathing have become such a health risk that they are starting to rival the health risks associated with the ancient public baths.
While trying to improve the convenience of our traditional bathing options, modern technology has created new hazards that many are not aware of. These hazards include bacteria in showerheads, molds in the bathrooms, and chlorine in the water used.
What Is Going On in There?
A research conducted at the University of Colorado tested 45 showerheads from nine cities and found that 30 percent of them contained bacteria linked with pulmonary diseases.
Norman Pace, the lead researcher on the project, found that these bacteria clump together on the insides of the showerheads. They are then released each time the shower is turned on.
Once these mycobacteria are released with the water, they can easily suspend in the air where they can be inhaled.
People who have allergies or whose immune systems are compromised (by diseases, drugs, or a polluted environment) are at the highest risk of being affected by these bacteria.
One interesting notation is that these mycobacteria are resistant to chlorine, one of the substances added to the public water system to kill harmful organisms before they reach homes.
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