Hospitality


Features of the Mode of life of the Holy Prophet, Hadith & Seerah, The Ways of the Prophet (SAWS) / Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) used to request his guests again and again to take meals with him. Once having served a person with milk, he asked him again and again to drink more until the man said: ‘By the Lord (Most High) Who has sent you with Truth, I have no room left for more.’ [Bukhari, Madarij-un-Nabuwah]

If the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) chanced to eat along with people he was last to finish eating. As some people
habitually take much time in eating and when they see others getting up, they feel embarrassed and also finish eating. As such in order to accommodate such persons the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) continued eating bit by bit till the end. [Zadul Ma’ad, lbn Majah, Baihaqi, Mishkat]

When he was in the company of people and wished to give someone something to eat or drink, he would hand it over to one who was sitting on his right as he thought him to be more rightful. In case he wished to give it to someone who was sitting on his left then he used to do so with the permission of the person sitting on his right. He used to do so scrupulously irrespective of the importance of the person sitting on his left. [Bukhari, Muslim, Zad-ul-Ma’ad]

Whenever the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) was invited to a meal and some uninvited person accompanied him, he would ask permission of the host and would then keep him in his company.[Madarij-un-Nabuwah]

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