Cleanliness and Washing – Islamic Manners

Cleanliness and Washing – Islamic Manners

The Sunna is to keep perfume and to use it regularly on oneself. Al-Bukhari narrated that Salman Al-Farsi said: the Prophet ﷺ, said ‘Allah will forgive the sins of the past week for he who on Friday will take a bath, cleanse himself, put on his [regular] perfume or any perfume available in house. Then, he goes out [to Jumu’ah prayer] and does not try to separate two friends. Then he prays wherever he could and listens to the Imam.’ If the body became odorous a day or two before Friday, one should not wait till Friday to cleanse the body. We should wash our bodies as soon as it require washing to keep ourselves clean and fresh. To take a bath on Friday is specifically required since a large number of people will be gathering at mosques. However, if our body became dirty or we sweat on a particular day, 7 then, we should take a bath at the end of day or the next morning. This is indicated by a Hadith narrated by Al-Bukhari and Muslim that Abu Huraira said, the Prophet ﷺ, said: ‘It is the duty of every Muslim to have a bath once every week to wash his head and body.’

From ‘Islamic Manners’ by Shaykh Abdul Fattah Abu Ghuddah”

Distinct Muslim Personality – Islamic Manners

Distinct Muslim Personality – Islamic Manners

Islam advocates this etiquette and stresses it so as to perfect the Muslim personality and to bring about harmony among people. There is no doubt that embodying such manners and virtues enhances personal style and qualities, refines personality and brings us closer to the hearts and minds of others. The forthcoming manners and etiquette are central to Islam, its purposes and its aims. Calling it ‘etiquette’ by no means implies that it is marginal to life and social behaviour. It does not mean Muslims have the option of ignoring this code of behaviour, or that it is merely preferable to adhere to it. In pointing out that manners rank higher than deeds, Imam Al-Qarãfi in his book Al-Furwüq said, ‘Learn that a little etiquette is better than a lot of good actions.’ Rwúaim, the righteous scholar, told his son, ‘Oh my son, make your deeds salt, and your manners flour.’ Many good manners with few good deeds are better than many good deeds with few good manners. Even if some of these rules appear to be simple common courtesy, it is important to highlight their significance. Many Muslims commit errors which blemish the Islamic personality, whose purpose is meant to be unique in its beauty, perfection and traits. Our master, the Messenger of Allah ﷺ, directed the blessed companions by saying: ‘You are on your way to meet your brothers, put on a nice dress and fix your riding so you appear distinct among people as a fleck [on a beautiful face]. Allah does not like roughness nor rough manners.’ When the Prophet ﷺ, said: ‘No one will enter Paradise if they have at heart a grain of arrogance.’ A man asked: ‘A man may like his dress to be nice and his shoes nice’ The Prophet ﷺ answered ‘Allah is beautiful and likes beauty. Arrogance is to deny rights and look down at people.’ Shaikh Ibn Taymiyyah said that the beauty that Allah likes includes nice clothes. Hence it could be said that Allah likes all nice things. Therefore, a Muslim ought to be recognized by neat dress, cleanliness and graceful appearance.

 

From ‘Islamic Manners’ by Shaykh Abdul Fattah Abu Ghuddah

Entering or Leaving a House – Islamic Manners

Entering or Leaving a House – Islamic Manners

When entering or leaving a house, do not push the door violently, or slam it shut, or leave it to close by itself wildly. Such actions stand in contrast to the gracefulness of Islam to which you are honoured to belong. Close the door quietly with your hand. You may have heard a Hadith reported by Imam Muslim whereby ‘Aisha (RA) quotes the Prophet ﷺ: ‘Gentleness adorns every act. Its absence will tarnish it.’

From ‘Islamic Manners’ by Shaykh Abdul Fattah Abu Ghuddah

The Importance of Appearance – Islamic Manners

The Importance of Appearance.

A little etiquette is better than a lot of good actions. Many good manners with few good deeds are better than many good deeds with few good manners.

The Messenger of Allaah ﷺ said: “You are on your way to meet you brothers, put on nice clothing and fix you riding so you appear distinct among people as a fleck [on a beautiful face]. Allaah does not like roughness nor rough manners.”

The Messenger of Allaah ﷺ said: “No-one will enter Paradise if they have at heart a grain of arrogance.”

A man asked: “A man  may like his clothes to be nice and his shoes nice.”

The Messenger of Allaah ﷺ answered: “Allaah is beautiful and loves beauty. Arrogance is to deny rights and look down at people.”

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Islamic Manners by Shaykh Abdul Fattah Abu Ghuddah

Islamic Manners by Shaykh Abdul Fattah Abu Ghuddah

I’ve been reading a book entitled Islamic Manners by Shaykh Abdul Fattah Abu Ghuddah, Rahimullah. I have long been interested in reading it and alhamdulillah I got given it as gift!

It’s a really good book with a lot of sound advice. I thought I would share some of the main points that I came across whilst reading it, to remind myself and perhaps benefit others.

I’d recommend buying the book, I think you can get it for less than £5. However, there is a PDF of it available as well. I personally like to have both so I can read the book on a gadget.

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