What is a Shataf?
WHAT IS A SHATAF?
Shataf is an Arabic word, meaning to cleanse with water.
As Muslims are required to cleanse themselves with water after answering the call of nature, an object resembling this is an essential toilet accessory in Muslim households.
In every Muslim household you will find a product that resembles something like this
Not to be confused with a tea pot, these objects, known as Bodna or Lota, have been traditionally used as water carrying utensils to help with washing oneself after using the toilet.
The most widely used form of washing with water is a shataf which is also called a toilet shower or a bidet sprayer.
The Shataf combines modern technology with traditional principles to achieve maximum cleaniness after answering the call of nature.
The shataf, toilet shower or bidet sprayer, is so ubiquitous in Muslim countries and is now commonly referred to as a Muslim shower in the west.
In the West we have given the world the flush toilet, but we still have a thing or two to learn from the teachings in Islam about toileting, washing with water is a better bathroom experience.
WHATS THE BENEFIT OF USING A SHATAF?
Better personal hygiene and cleaning
It is generally accepted that toilet paper alone does not totally eliminate fecal matters from the skin, and some residue usually remains on your skin, and can cause irritation, with the combination of using toilet paper and water, the Shataf affords you maximum cleaniness and peace of mind, leaving you clean and refreshed.
Although Shataf are widely used in many parts of the world, they are not as common in the UK.
Save money and the Environment
Shataf is extremely environmentally friendly and contributes towards carbon footprint reduction.
Consider the cost of producing toilet paper and the environmental impact.
On average each person in the UK uses approximately 57 sheets of toilet paper every single day.
This amounts to 3 million tons of toilet paper each year, produced from 54 million trees.
Additionally, 3.7 gallons of water is required to produce 57 sheets of toilet paper.
Furthermore, the cost of packaging and transportation contribute towards environmental impact.
The bleaching process used to manufacture toilet paper is very damaging to the earth and people. Bleaching produces a byproduct called dioxin which is a cancer causing substance in humans and animals, and chlorine products are also used which leave behind toxins in the toilet paper and harm the earth.
Clearly taking all that in to account, A Shataf is a more healthy and environmentally friendly choice.
Using Shataf in combination with a lower toilet paper usage, will drastically reduce environmental costs, achieve full cleaniness, save money and cut down on household waste.
Better skin care and more comfortable to use
Using dry toilet paper to clean up after you use the bathroom can be rough on your skin, and this is not the most comfortable thing to use. If you have any skin irritation or other problems then warm water can be soothing, and staying as clean as possible will make you more comfortable. Certain anal and rectal conditions can make using toilet paper painful. If you have hemorrhoids, an anal fissure, anal prolapse, or other problems in this area then a Shataf may be the best possible choice.
How to install a Shataf Aqua Spray
Below is a quick video on how to install a Shataf Aqua Spray - you can install this in less than 15mins