Abu Shurayh al-‘Adawi (R.A) narrates that he heard with his own two ears and he saw with his own two eyes when Nabi (S.A.W) spoke and said: “Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, let him honour his guest as he is entitled.” [Bukhari]
My parents can make friends with anyone. And I mean, anyone. I’ve lost count of the number of times we’ve asked them who they were talking to, only for them to laughingly admit that they’d met said person for the first time. It’s cute, and we joke about it all the time, but really, it’s also gotten us into embarrassing situations. Case in point: Gate-Crashing-But-Not-Really a strangers wedding (DON’T.ASK. xD).
Consequently, guests are sort of a common occurrence for us. Which is great, because we love having visitors over. Even though I might still be a tad bit miffed at the little girl that walked into my room, took my phone off charge, and then placed a call to my dad. But that’s because she took my phone off charge, not because she cracked my password. I’m joking. I clearly got over it a long time ago.
Right, loving guests… I’m not saying that merely because we had family over yesterday. It could be the laughter, the hustle and bustle of making sure everything is in place or it could just be the fact that I get to stay at home. Whatever the case, the importance of visitors in Islam is distinct.
Nabi (S.A.W) said: “A guest comes with his bounties and becomes a means for the sins of the hosts to be forgiven before he leaves.”
Ibraheem (A.S) is mentioned in the Quraan (Surah Ad-Dhariyat) as being the most hospitable. Ibraheem (A.S) used to search for potential guests to bring home with him for meals. He once received Jibra’eel (A.S) and two other angels as guests, and immediately served them a roasted calf as he mistook them for travellers.
Nabi (S.A.W) himself was always generous to His (S.A.W)’s guests. The people of Madinah Munawwarah are known to have a sense of hospitality like no other. During Ramadaan, and every Monday and Thursday, the hosts (usually wealthy Arabs) serve kajoor and bread aplenty.
Hazrat Moulana Abdul Hamid Ishaq [DB] says that “any person that wants to be pulled to Madinah Munawwarah doesn’t have to worry about having his Iqaamah documents but should just inculcate the quality of hospitality and Allah will sort out the remainder.”
A proper host provides food and drink. In addition, a Muslim is required to greet his guest with a pleasing attitude. Within reason as, if the guest should speak about something unlawful, the host has every right to ask him to refrain from doing so. Hospitality of guests does not go beyond what Allah has decreed in Islam. Guests are to be treated with respect and kindness, irrespective of their religion, background or familiarity.
Jabir bin Abdullah (R.A) narrates: “Abu al-Haitham bin al-Taihan prepared food for Allah’s Messenger (S.A.W) and he invited Nabi (S.A.W) and the companions (R.A). When they finished eating He (S.A.W) said: ‘If some people enter the house of a man, eat his food, drink his drink and they supplicate (to Allah) for him, this is his reward.'” (Abu Dawood)
Thus, it is commendable to utter a supplication for those who provide hospitality or provide food for others.
Remember, you take one step step towards Allah, Allah takes ten steps towards you.
May Allah protect us all and grant us the ability to overcome our Nafs.
Love and Duas,