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Respecting one’s guests

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Q: How should one treat ones guest? Does the guest have any rights? Does the Ahadiths mention any thing regarding ones guest also if one shows disrespect to his / hers guest is it a sin? Is it correct to ask if you’ll will have anything? If mufti saheb could narrate any incedient in the live of nabi [Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam], the sahabaa [Radiyallahu Anhum] and in the lives of great uleama of deoband on how they took care of their respected guess?


A: To honour the guest is an emphasised sunnat.

Hadhrat Khadeejah (radhiyallahu anha) had comforted Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) when he was overcome with concern and worry with the words: “You treat the guests well,” showing that good treatment of the guests saves one from calamities and misfortunes and earns him the pleasure and security of Allah Ta`ala.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.