Before Ramadan, the long waited shower chair for Mujhee finally arrived; the Flamingo. You can read more about Flamingo shower chair here. There is a post about finding a shower chair for Mujhee from the lightnur previous post, a visit to ILC.
Alhamdulillah, it's been so easy to clean Mujhee especially when she gets very stiff and unsettled. Mujhee's father finds it rewarding to wash Mujhee with the Flamingo shower chair because it is practical. There is not much lifting to do, compared to Mujhee's previous shower chair, which is wonderful for his back.
Before washing, I need to make sure that all the things neccesary is ready, like her towel, personal care and a set of clean clothing to be put on after. When washing Mujhee, I use the PODD communication book to tell her the washing activity. You can make washing fun by playing. There is an information for bathing in the Caring for Cerebral Palsy.
It is a great opportunity to teach Mujhee her body parts when washing. As I wash her, I show her different body parts using PODD communication while pointing out to her body parts. I wash her from head to toe so that I can point out each part of her body in the same manner and leave the private part and bottom last.
It was narrated by Abu Malik al-Ash'ari that the Messenger of Allah, sallallaahu alayhi wasallam, said, "Cleanliness is half of faith and Alhamdulillah fills the scale, and SubhanaAllah and Alhamdulillah fill up what is between the heavens and the earth. Salah is a light, and charity is proof (of one's faith) and endurance is a brightness and the Qur'an is a proof on your behalf or against you. All men go out early in the morning and sell themselves, thereby setting themselves free or destroying themselves." (Muslim).
Ibn Abbaas said: "The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) passed by one of the gardens of Madeenah, and heard the sound of two men being punished in their graves. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "They are being punished, but they are not being punished for any major sin. One of them used not to clean himself properly after urinating, and the other used to spread malicious gossip." (Reported by al-Bukhaari; see Fath al-Baari, 1/317).
From both of the above narrations, I need to take note for myself, first, the importance to be clean not only physically but also spiritually. Cleanliness should not be taken lightly as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) mentions in the above hadith that it is half of our faith. In the other hadith, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) told us that one of the punishment in the grave is caused by impurity after urinating.