Let’s Learn a Quranic Verse
يَـٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ قُوٓا۟ أَنفُسَكُمْ وَأَهْلِيكُمْ نَارًۭا وَقُودُهَا ٱلنَّاسُ وَٱلْحِجَارَةُ عَلَيْهَا مَلَـٰٓئِكَةٌ غِلَاظٌۭ شِدَادٌۭ لَّا يَعْصُونَ ٱللَّهَ مَآ أَمَرَهُمْ
Believers, guard yourselves and your kindred against a Fire whose fuel is human beings and stones, a Fire held in the charge of fierce and stern angels who never disobey what He has commanded them, and always do what they are bidden. [Surah Tahrim (66:6)]
Treat Your Guest with Respect
Prophet Muhammad PBUH is reported to have said, مَنْ کَانَ یُؤْمِنُ بِاﷲ وَالْیَوْمِ الْاٰخِرِ فَلْیُکْرِمْ ضَیْفَہٗ i.e. ‘The one who believes in Allah Almighty and the Judgement Day should respect guests.’ (Bukhari, vol. 4, pp. 105, Hadees 6019)
Respecting would include meeting them with a smile, arranging food and other necessities for them.
Islam teaches us to eat along with our guests to prevent them from feeling lonely.
The reward as explained in a Hadith is; “Goodness comes more quickly to a house where there are frequent guests than a knife to the camel’s hump (which cuts through very swiftly)”. (Ibn-e-Majah, vol. 4, pp. 51, Hadith 3356)
Manners of Guests
Make themselves comfortable in the place provided by the host.
Smile and receive anything given by the host happily.
Avoid complaining and speaking negatively about the host.
Inform the host before leaving home.
Make dua for the host while leaving their home.
Recite this dua as taught by our Prophet PBUH (Muslim 3/1615)
اللَّهُمَّ بَارِكْ لَهُمْ فِيمَا رَزَقْتَهُمْ، واغْفِرْ لَهُمْ، وارْحَمْهُمْ
“O Allah! Bless them in what You have provided for them,
and forgive them and have Mercy on them”
The Healthy Food Maze!
Once upon a time, there lived a father and a son who were very rich. The father would fulfill every demand of his son, without any hitch, to the extent that the son started taking his blessings for granted. One day, the father decided to teach his son to value whatever he has been given by the Almighty. He decided to take his son on a trip to a village. They spent time on the farm of a poor family.
The son treated the poor people very nicely. His father was very surprised at his behaviour. On their return from the trip, the father asked his son, “How was the trip, son?” “It was great, Dad!” the son replied. “What did you learn from our trip?” his father asked. The son answered, “We have one cat, they have four! We have a pool at our home but they have a huge river! We buy food for ourselves and they grow the food!”. The son continued, “We have so many lights at our house but they have beautiful stars! We have walls to protect us but they have friends! All of us have television to pass our time but they have a family to spend quality time with. We have lots of money with us but they have good relations with Almighty!” The boy’s father was speechless while his son was talking and realized that his son had noticed so well. Then his son added, “Thank you, Father for showing me how poor we are!
Moral of the Story: It is not money that makes us rich, rather it is the simplicity, love, compassion, friendships, values family and our relationship with the Almighty that makes our lives rich.