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Quranic Teachings on Honoring Guests

 

 

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1. Refraining from Harsh Treatment

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) once said, “Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day should be generous to his neighbor, and should say what is good, or keep silent (Ibn Majah).” This Hadith highlights the importance of treating guests, including neighbors, with kindness and respect, without causing them any harm or discomfort.

2. Providing Comfort and Hospitality

In Islam, the concept of hospitality is known as ‘Ta’amul’ (taāmol), which involves providing fine food, drinks and accommodation to guests. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) emphasized this virtue in saying, “He who believes in Allah and the Last Day should be generous, and should prepare a place for those, whom he welcomes and should (also) prepare for those whom he sends away (Ibn Majah).” This concept of hospitality is reflected in the Quranic verse, “And do not let the extraordinary (difference) in (wealth’s) means or color of the skin deter you from being just. (abdallaht Al Raheem 5:39).”

3. Treating Guests as Dear Ones

In Islam, guests are considered to be treated as dear ones, almost like close relatives. For instance, the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, “Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day should be generous to his neighbor, and should keep to know whom believed in Allah and whom disbelieved. He should not let his dwelling be empty of guest (Ibn Majah).” In other words, hospitality should not be merely confined to relatives, but extended to friends, acquaintances and even strangers.

4. Returning Favors

Returning favors is a sourced way of inviting others to the mosque, and teaching the Quran or other Muslims around the world. Ibn Abbas reported, “The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: ‘Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, let him be generous, and let him donate and do not let him withhold his hand (by refusing to give) when expenses are shared (Ibn Majah).'” This hadith encourages Muslims to repay their guests by inviting them to perform religious acts, such as visiting the mosque, learning the Holy Quran, or coming for prayers.

5. Being Kind to Strangers

In Islam, kindness to strangers is imperative, and is illustrated in the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) statement, “Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, let him honor his guest. And let him fulfill his promise (Ibn Majah).” This advice encourages Muslims to show hospitality to strangers, even if they are not expecting them, and to fulfill the commitments they make to others.

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