Wa `alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.
Dear questioner, we are greatly pleased to receive your question, which shows the confidence you place in us. May Allah reward you abundantly for your interest in knowing the teachings of Islam.
We have forwarded your question to, Dr. Muzammil H. Siddiqi,
former President of the Islamic Society of North America and Director of the Islamic Society of Orange County, Garden Grove, California. He states the following:
"The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) is reported to have said, �When any of you wakes up from his sleep and makes ablution, let him clean his nose three times, because Satan stays at night at the upper part of his nose.�
The author of this flyer ridicules this hadith. He considers this one of the �foolish and false statements� of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).
He must have read his own Bible which has dozens of statements about Satan entering the bodies and bellies of people. The Gospel of John says that after Judas ate food from Jesus� own hand, �Satan entered into him.� (John 13:27) So if after eating food from Jesus� hand one could not be safe from Satan, what is surprising if an ordinary person has Satan near his nose during the night?
Muslim scholars explain that the nose is one of the ways to one�s mind and thoughts. Satan tries to put his ideas and suggestions into the mind of a person during his sleep as well. The best cure is that after waking up one should clean one�s nose, make ablution for Prayers and seek God�s protection. Some other scholars say that Satan is a symbol of everything bad and evil. Through this symbolism the Prophet was warning the people to be conscious about the cleanliness of their bodies. In the hot and dry climate, the nose does become stuffy during the night. One feels like the devil was in the nose. This was the Prophetic way to tell the people to keep themselves clean and make ablution as soon as they get up.
All Semitic languages, and especially Arabic, are full of metaphors and hyperboles. Jesus (peace and blessings be upon him) used to speak in parables; similarly, Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) used to instruct his people sometimes in a metaphorical and symbolic language. It is reported that Jesus (peace and blessings be upon him) said, �Do not give dogs what is holy; and do not throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under foot and turn to attack you.� (Matthew 7:6) These words fit very well on those who do not try to understand the Prophetic pearls and holy language. The author of this flyer should pay attention to these words of Jesus."
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Allah Almighty knows best.