Guest in Islam

Guest in Islam hold a high place in the nobility of ethics that it has been made an integral part of the Faith. The Prophet said:

“Anybody who believes in Allah and the last day should serve his guest generously by giving him his reward.” When asked, “What is his reward, O Allah’s messenger?” He replied, “To provide him for a day and night with high quality food. The guest has the right to be entertained for three days with ordinary food and if he stays longer, what he will be provided with will be regarded as sadaqah (charity).”

Also, in the Quran in surah Zariyat the mention of Prophet Abraham’s guests is as follows:

“Has the story reached you regarding the honoured guests of Abraham? When they entered his presence and said: “Peace!” He said, “Peace!” (and thought that they seemed) unusual people (as they were angels). Then he turned quickly to his household, brought out a fatted calf and placed it before them. He said, “Will you not eat?” (when they did not eat), he conceived fear of them. They said, “Fear not,” and they gave him glad tidings of a son endowed with knowledge.” (24:28)

There should be no difference in treatment between a Muslim guest and non-Muslim guest.

The points that could be learnt from the above two narrations regarding guest in Islam:

·         Being generous and respectful to guest is part of the faith

·         Provide quality food and keep the guest entertained in a lawful way

·         The guest should not stay for longer than 3 days and if he does this will be counted as sadaqah (charity) and any self-respecting Muslim would not like that.

·         Conversation between the host and guest should be of a peaceful nature exchanging compliments

·         Arrangements of food should be made immediately without letting the guest know as they would in formality refuse the food.

·         The host should keep away from the guest for a short while giving time for the guest to rest and settle in.

·         Guests should be served with good food

 

·         The guest should not be rude or disrespectful to the host or environment.

Action:

·         Practice by calling a guest over to your house (I don’t mind)

·         Prepare good special food

·         Meet and greet peacefully and respectfully

·         Ensure the need of the guest is met i.e. toilet facility, sleeping arrangements etc…

Result:

·         Your faith will become more strong

·         You will also eat good special food

·         You will become Allahs guest.

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