Islamic Etiquettes – A Universal Bond
I always wondered about the so many do’s and don’ts prescribed in Islam for day to day matters. But a thorough study of Islamic etiquettes reveal practices ranging from almost all the various matters associated with one’s personal or social life. Right from the personal acts of drinking water to social habits like greeting a guest, dealing with customers etc., are some of the many areas where Islam has laid down uniform standards for its followers.
Some may feel that these are restrictions. Some may even feel that these are too much to do and may end up being fed up. But in reality, these practices not only discipline a Muslim to the obedience of his Lord but also help him to easily blend with fellow Muslims, whether known or strangers. Muslims, from any part of the world, can get together and know exactly how to interact with each other and carry oneself. Where in the world would you find completely strange people from different countries, cultures, languages, and social backgrounds connect with each other within short time. Such brotherhood is unique only to the Muslims around the world.
I have been blessed with opportunities to attend gatherings where I get to meet Muslims from various nationalities and, Alhamdulillah, I never felt as if I am among strangers. Each passing minute gets us closer and comfortable with each other and we leave with a desire to meet up and practice the same brotherhood again and again.
Islam, as a religion, not only preaches brotherhood, but has also provided to achieve this brotherhood in practical terms. Islam is not only about worshiping the Only One God, but it is to also connect with the creation in compassion and goodness. No wonder, Muslims all over the world greet each other with the warmest greeting of ‘Assalam-o-Alaikum’ which means ‘Peace be Upon You’.
The Messenger of Allah (saw) said, “Do not envy one another, and do not inflate prices for one another, and do not hate one another, and do not turn away from one another, and do not undercut one another in trade, but [rather] be slaves of Allah and brothers [amongst yourselves]. A Muslim is the brother of a Muslim: he does not oppress him, nor does he fail him, nor does he lie to him, nor does he hold him in contempt. Taqwa (piety) is right here [and he pointed to his chest three times]. It is evil enough for a man to hold his brother Muslim in contempt. The whole of a Muslim is inviolable for another Muslim: his blood, his property, and his honour.” (Muslim)
Hadith # 35, Forty Hadith of Imam An-Nawawi
By Muhammad Iqbal