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Islamic Etiquette In The Light Of The Quran And Sunnah

by | Mar 14, 2015

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Islamic etiquettes are a set of behaviors and manners considered appropriate and respectful in Islam. 

Some Common Islamic Etiquette

Here are some standard Islamic etiquettes:

  1. Greeting others with “Assalamu alaikum” (peace be upon you).
  2. Showing respect to elders, parents, and teachers.
  3. Covering one’s modesty, particularly for women.
  4. Eating and drinking with the right hand.
  5. Using toothpicks with the left hand or discreetly.
  6. Avoiding harmful speech and behavior, such as backbiting and anger.
  7. Being humble and avoiding arrogance.
  8. Be truthful and trustworthy.
  9. Being patient and forgiving.
  10. Showing gratitude and thanking others.

Quran Says a Lot About Islamic Etiquettes:

Abdul-Rahman suddenly asked his son, Muhammad Ali, “Do you know of some of the basic points of Islamic etiquettes that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) recommended?” Muhammad Ali anxiously answered tell me, please. His father answered that let us quote the Holy Quran:

 فَإِذَا دَخَلْتُم بُيُوتًا فَسَلِّمُوا۟ عَلَىٰٓ أَنفُسِكُمْ تَحِيَّةً مِّنْ عِندِ ٱللَّهِ مُبَٰرَكَةً طَيِّبَةً ۚ كَذَٰلِكَ يُبَيِّنُ 

“… when you enter houses, give greetings of peace upon each other – a greeting from Allāh, blessed and good. Thus does Allāh clarify the verses [of ordinance] that you may understand.” 

(Surah 24: Ayah 61)

And in 

وَلَا تُصَعِّرْ خَدَّكَ لِلنَّاسِ وَلَا تَمْشِ فِى ٱلْأَرْضِ مَرَحًا ۖ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ لَا يُحِبُّ كُلَّ مُخْتَالٍ فَخُورٍ

“And do not turn your cheek [in contempt] toward people and do not walk through the earth exultantly. Indeed, Allāh does not like everyone self-deluded and boastful.”

(Surah 31: Ayah 18)

Be nice with others

ٱدْعُ إِلَىٰ سَبِيلِ رَبِّكَ بِٱلْحِكْمَةِ وَٱلْمَوْعِظَةِ ٱلْحَسَنَةِ ۖ وَجَٰدِلْهُم بِٱلَّتِى هِىَ أَحْسَنُ ۚ إِنَّ رَبَّكَ هُوَ أَعْلَمُ بِمَن ضَلَّ عَن سَبِيلِهِۦ ۖ وَهُوَ أَعْلَمُ بِٱلْمُهْتَدِينَ

“Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good admonition, and argue with them in a way that is best. Indeed, your Lord is most knowing of who has strayed from His way, and He is most knowing of who is [rightly] guided.”

(Surah 16: Ayah 125)

Following Are The Other Hadith And Sayings Of The Imam

Abdul-Rahman said that these points harmonize our behaviors. After listening to all these, Muhammad Ali said they would apply them. He said that it was evident that it was for my welfare.

  • Islamic Etiquettes of Meal

 Abu Hurairah narrated

“The Holy Prophet Never Spoke Ill Of A Meal; If He Liked It He Ate It; And If He Did Not Like It, He Left It Untouched.” 

  • Islamic Etiquettes of shaking Hand

“When Two Believers Meet And Shake Hands, Allah Will Place His Hand With Them, Favoring The One Who Loves His Brother The Most.” 

(Imam Muhammad Al-Baaqir, book of Al-Usool from Al-Kaafi, Vol. 2, Page 179).

  • Etiquettes of Guests

The Sunnah requires a man to accompany his guest to the house door. As for a guest it is not right to stay for so long as to cause inconvenience to his host.

  • Greets to other

“The Younger Person Ought To Salute The Older, And The One Walking Ought To Salute The Sitting, And The Smaller Group Ought To Salute The Larger.” (Bukhari)

  • Show Kindness and Respect 

 “He Is Not Quality Muslim Who Does Not Show Kindness To The Young Ones And Respect To The Older Ones.” (Tirmidhi)

How to learn Islamic etiquette?

Here are some ways to learn Islamic etiquette:

  1. Study the Quran and Hadith (Prophetic traditions) to understand the values and principles underlying Islamic manners and behavior.
  2. Attend religious classes or study groups where Islamic teachings and practices are taught and discussed.
  3. Spend time with knowledgeable and practicing Muslims who can serve as good examples and mentors.
  4. Seek the guidance of a local imam or Islamic scholar for personalized instruction and advice.
  5. Read books and attend workshops and seminars on Islamic etiquette and manners.
  6. Practice self-reflection and self-awareness to evaluate and improve one’s behavior and manners continually.
  7. Surround oneself with a supportive community of Muslims who can provide encouragement and accountability in practicing proper Islamic manners.

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