Reading Text: Cleanliness in the Animal Kingdom


We all know that cleanliness is one of the most important precautions to prevent diseases. It is necessary to teach people the rules of cleanliness at a very young age. Most of the animals have information about cleanliness although their parents do not teach them.  



Allah sent all of the living beings to the world with information about cleanliness. There are almost no animals that are not interested in cleanliness. That order has been valid since the world was established. For instance, the badger, which lives in its palace under the ground, is regarded as dirty by people, but, in reality, it is one of the cleanest animals. It always keeps its fur clean; it uses a place that it often changes as a toilet. It sometimes cleans its home, carrying the dirty straws and rubbish out of its home and piling them in a distant place.



Elephants roll in mud to clean their skins. Their trunk functions like showers in the mud. They spray the water on their bodies like a hose. Sometimes, their bodies are covered in mud but the mud dries and falls of taking away all the dirt. The lion, the tiger and all of the big predators are as clean as domestic cats. Most of the small furry animals spend most of their times cleaning themselves. For instance, when rats are not asleep, they regularly clean their skins with their teeth and feet.



Seals and rhinoceroses prefer massaging. They rub against stones and polish their bodies. The weasel makes a hollow in the trunk of the old trees and rolls in it until the last dust particle on its skin falls off.



All of the animals that have teeth give importance to the care of their teeth. The wolf has yellow teeth but it is the natural color of its teeth. You can never find any food residue on and between its teeth, which are always kept clean.



Wolves, which give great importance to cleanliness, clean their skin from fleas and louse using dust. Almost all birds wash themselves in water. There is a small fat gland around the tail of the most of the birds. After they wash and clean themselves, they lubricate and soften their feathers thanks to it. 



The nests of the birds are very clean, too. There are almost no birds that dirty their nests. The birds collect the dirt of the young birds with their beaks and instead of throwing them out of the nest, they fly away for a few meters and drop it down. That is, the birds pay attention to the cleanliness of their nests and around their nests. 



There will be disease in places that lack cleanliness. Therefore, people are taught the necessity of cleanliness beginning at a very young age. Although the animals are not usually taught anything about cleanliness by their parents, they are very sensitive about cleanliness.



That is, the animals are created with the necessary information for the continuation of their lives. Our Lord, who encompasses the whole universe with His mercy, programs the animals with the laws of life and about their relations with the universe when He sends them to the world.



The interesting methods of cleanliness seen in those numerous animals are like bright seals of the name al-Quddus of our Creator, who always sees and supervises the universe. (Zafer Magazine)

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