Aug 23, 2013

Watch that Tongue Part 2

By Nur

Part 1


While it is imperative to fulfill our religious duties, it is equally important to fulfill the rights of others over us. You may be wondering, what are the rights of my fellow Muslims? The Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa salam) details them for us in a hadith:

The rights of one Muslim over another are five: returning the greeting of salaam, saying ‘yarhamuk Allaah (may Allaah have mercy on you)’ when he sneezes, accepting invitations, visiting the sick, and attending funerals.” (Muslim, 2625)

What are some ways we can treat others fairly:

1. Treat other people the way you want to be treated. If you do not want to be lied to, do not lie, and if you do not want to be slandered about do not slander others. If you do not want to be insulted, do not insult others.

2. Apologize when you make mistakes. When you hurt someone, make sure you try your best to apologize and also make repentance to Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala), because when you hurt someone you are sinning at the same time.

3. Spread the ‘salam’ amongst those whom you know and those whom you do not know. As mentioned in a hadith, the salam increases our love for one another (as we saw in the above hadith narrated by Muslim).

4. Have mercy in your dealings with others, forgive them when they err, and Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) will have mercy on you.

5. Do not judge others based on their outer appearance. Remember the hadith about the prostitute who was promised Jannah and forgiven because she fed a dog that was about to die of thirst (Bukhari Vol. 4 : No. 538). Anyone can change and anyone can be forgiven because Allah’s (subhanahu wa ta’ala) mercy is unlimited.

6. Never think you are better than someone due to your skin color, appearance, weight, height, ethnicity, etc.

7. Do not walk amongst people with arrogance; people do not want to be friends with arrogant people.

It is reported that Prophet Muhammad (sal Allahu alayhi wa salam) said:

By Allah, the Almighty, you (all) will not enter Jannah until you become true believers. And you will not become true believers until you like each other. Should I tell you about something, if you apply in your life, you will love one another? Spread the proper, meaningful and truthful greetings amongst each other.” (Muslim, 96)

What are your thoughts on mannerisms? Please share below :)


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