Good Deed: #16 Honor your guests



  • Prophet(SAW) said “Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, let them treat their guest generously.” Al-Bukhari, Muslim
  • Abu Shuraih Khuwailid bin `Amr Al-Khuza`i (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: I heard Messenger of Allah (PBUH) saying, “He who believes in Allah and the Last Day, should accommodate his guest according to his right.” He was asked: “What is his right, O Messenger of Allah?” He (PBUH) replied: “It is (to accommodate him) for a day and a night, and hospitality extends for three days, and what is beyond that is charity.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Guests of Allah – Haji Menuju Allah by Raihan

Action Plan

1. Before the guest arrives, ensure you have a plan to entertain them, places to visit and see, what you going to cook.

2. If guests are unnannounced always ensure you are ready for this pleasant surprise and always have a backup strategy.

3. Find out what your guests likes and dislikes are regarding meals. You don’t want to cook up a storm to find out later they are vegetarian or allergic to your food.

4. Meet  and greet you guests with smiling, friendly, warm face and part with them  in a good way.

5.  Treat the guests very generously. Give them the best. If you don’t have an extra bed give them yours.

6.  Talk politely to your guest and don’t spend time gossiping.

7. Be hospitable to the guest and tend to their needs and comfort.

8. Serve the guest a sumptuous meal (that is within one’s means) at least on one occasion.

9.  When there are two or more guests, treat them equality.

10. Adhere to Islamic simplicity, dont be extravagant in entertaining guests.

11.  When the guest is departing, see them off until the door.

12. In Islamic etiquettes of social life, the guest has a right of three days. If you are a guest do not overstay your welcome.

13.  The guest should never impose on the hospitality of a host by taking along another person without the host’s consent.

14. A guest should not arrive without notifying or at improper times.

15. Sending a thank you note to the host is always a good idea.

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