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Rules of a Muslim Home (#10) – Kindness to One’s Neighbour (Part One)

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Last Updated on Saturday, 07 November 2015 16:47

Among the important rules of a Muslim home is being kind and considerate to one’s neighbours. There are numerous ahaadeeth that explain the rights of the neighbour.

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had once mentioned: “Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) has been repeatedly stressing upon me the rights of the neighbour to such an extent that I thought the neighbour would soon be made to inherit in one’s estate.” (Saheeh Bukhaari #6014)

Once the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) enquired from Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam): “What are the rights of the neighbour?” He (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied:

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Rules of a Muslim Home (#9) - Healthy Living

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Last Updated on Saturday, 01 August 2015 15:30

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has mentioned that there are two favours which most people take lightly; good health and free time. (Saheeh Bukhaari #6412) Looking after one’s health is an essential part of a Muslim’s life. We have been repeatedly taught in the ahaadeeth to make du‘aa for good health and seek Allah Ta‘ala’s protection from dreadful diseases.

Health and sickness are both from Allah Ta‘ala alone. However, we have been commanded to take precautions. Hence if we adhere to the following points, insha-Allah, we will enjoy good health throughout our lives:

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Rules of a Muslim Home (#8) - Hospitality in a Muslim Home (Part Two)

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Last Updated on Saturday, 26 April 2014 15:38

Some important etiquettes for the host are:

1. Treat your guest with honour and respect.

2. Personally serve your guest (keeping within the laws of hijaab).

3. Don’t spend too much time and wealth in preparing lavish meals for visitors. Present the best that is easily available and be simple. In this manner, one will be able to maintain this blessed sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).

4. Abstain from unnecessary formalities as this takes away the barakah (blessings) from the food.

5. Present the food quickly. Don’t delay as often happens in weddings and waleemahs nowadays. 

6. Ensure that the guest is provided with what he/she prefers to eat.

7. Eat with the guest as the guest may feel shy to eat alone.

8. Check that the serving utensils are refilled in time so that the guest does not feel the food is finished. Refill the utensils without removing them (i.e. bring the food in another utensil).

9. Accompany the guest to the door of the house when he/she leaves.

May Allah Ta‘ala bless us all with the ability of opening our hearts and being hospitable towards the guests that visit our homes, aameen.

   

Rules of a Muslim Home (#8) - Hospitality in a Muslim Home (Part One)

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Last Updated on Saturday, 15 March 2014 16:55

Guests in a Muslim home is a means of attaining great barakah (blessings).

We should make a habit of inviting travellers, family members, friends and especially the ‘Ulama and pious to eat at our homes. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) advised us saying: “The pious should eat of your food.” (Saheeh Ibni Hibbaan #554) The nutrition that a pious person will receive from the food which he has eaten at our home will aid him in the ‘ibaadah (worship) of Allah Ta‘ala. As long as that nourishment is in his body, then we will also receive the rewards for this ‘ibaadah.

It is well known regarding Sayyiduna Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) that he would only eat if he had a guest to share his meal. Sometimes he would walk great distances in search of someone to join him in his meal.

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Rules of a Muslim Home (#7) - ‘Ibaadah (Worship)

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 06:37

The inmates of a Muslim home should always be engaged in the ‘ibaadah of Allah Ta‘ala.  Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has mentioned in a hadeeth: “Do not make your homes into graveyards, for verily Shaitaan runs away from that home wherein Surah Baqarah is recited.” (Tirmizi #2877)

In the explanation of this hadeeth, some commentators have mentioned that one’s home should not be void of the recitation of the Quraan Majeed. It is well known that Abu Bakr Siddeeq (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) had apportioned a section in his house wherein he would recite the Quraan Majeed aloud. Many of the Kuffaar took objection to this as their wives and children would be tempted to listen to the beautiful voice in which he used to recite the Quraan, thus drawing them towards Islam.

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