Islamic Manners – by Shaykh Abdul-Fattaah Abu Ghuddah

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The best of praise and glory be to Allah the lord of the universe, and the best of prayers and peace be on his Messenger Muhammad, his kin, his companions, and his pious followers who follow his guidance and etiquette. O Allah guide us to follow them in words and actions until we die.

This is a brief book on ‘The Manners of Islam’ in which I collected selected texts on the manners of Islam. The Hadiths cited in this book are either authentic (Sahih) or good (Hasan).

I wrote this book because I have seen many of my beloved brothers and sisters disregard these etiquettes and misinterpret them. In compiling this, I hope to remind them of these manners. I do not claim to be better or less in need of practicing these manners; but, it is the duty of enjoining good and forbidding evil and observing the order of Allah ‘And remind because a reminder is beneficial to the believers.’

May Allah enable all of us to benefit from good reminders and make this of benefit to myself and my readers. May Allah protect and guide us in this life and in the hereafter.

Riyadh, 1 Muharam, 1412
Abdul Fattah Aboghodda

Introduction

The religion of Islam has rules of etiquette and a moral code involving every aspect of life. These are applicable for the whole society; the elderly, the young, men and women. We must not forget that the Prophet ((PBUH)) said, ‘Women are the counterpart of men.’ Hence, what is required of men, in adhering to Islamic manners, is required of women; for together they form the Muslim society and through them Islam is introduced and identified.

These manners cover even the slightest acts, such as entering, or exiting a washroom, the posture of sitting, and cleaning one’s self. At the time of the Prophet, one of the polytheists mockingly said to his companion Salman Al-Farisi: ‘Your prophet has taught you everything, even the manners of going to the toilet.’ Salman answered, ‘Yes, the Prophet forbade us from facing the Qibla when urinating or getting rid of body waste.’ Salman continued, ‘the Prophet asked us not to use the right hand when cleaning ourselves and to use at least three stones for cleaning.

Chapter 1 – IMPORTANCE OF APPEARANCE
Chapter 2 – ENTERING OR LEAVING A HOUSE
Chapter 3 – THE MANNERS OF VISITING
Chapter 4 – THE MANNERS OF CONVERSATION
Chapter 5 – SOCIAL MANNERS
Chapter 6 – MANNERS OF EATING
Chapter 7 – WEDDINGS
Chapter 8 – VISITING THE SICK
Chapter 9 – CONDOLENCE / A Final Word