“There is no person like a person who takes the reigns and fights for the sake of Allah, avoiding people’s evil, and a person among his sheep in the outskirts giving meal to his guest, honouring his right.” [Ahmad & al-Haakim]
Islam has also described the manner in which a person should treat his guest. He should greet him honourably with a cheerful face and part with him in a good way.
The guest has rights, as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said. There should be no doubt about this matter. If guests come without being invited, they should be honoured, as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said.
Imam Ghazali radi allahu anhu wrote in his book, “Ihyaa ‘Uloom-ud-Deen” (i.e.: Revival of Religious Sciences) about Prophet Muhammad (SalAllahu Alaihwasallam):
“The Messenger of Allah would honor his guests. He would even spread his garment for a non-relative guest to sit. He used to offer his guest his own cushion and insist until they accept it . No one came to him as a guest but thought that he was the most generous of people. He gave each one of his companions sitting with him his due portion of his attention. He would direct his listening, speech, gaze and attention to those who were in his company. Even then, his gathering was characterized by modesty, humbleness and honesty. He would call his companions by their kunyah to honor them… He was the farthest from being angry and the easiest to be contented.”
Allah Almighty states in Holy Quraan:
Worship Allah and join none with Him in worship, and do good to parents, kinsfolk, orphans, the poor, the neighbor who is near of kin, the neighbour who is a stranger, the companion by your side, the wayfarer (you meet), and those (slaves) whom your right hands possess. Verily, Allah does not like such as are proud and boastful. [S:4 V:36]
From the above verse we learn to be good to our neighbours, relatives and show kindness and good attitude to our guest.
Our great Prophet (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam) teaches us to be generous and how to entertain guests. He wants a Muslim to show gratitude. Nabi (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam) further guides us by saying: Read the rest of this entry »