Friday sermon: Worshippers reminded of social etiquette
Islam sets etiquette standards for dealing with others because man is a social being, this week’s sermon says.
“Social relations cannot be without flaws or disruptions. That is why being open to people and forgiving is considered a good attitude for a Muslim,” it says.
It quotes the Prophet Mohammed: “Indeed, when the Muslim mixes with the people and he is patient with their harm, he is better than the Muslim who does not mix with the people and is not patient with their harm.”
The Prophet urged people to share food and greetings. “No two Muslims meet each other and shake hands except that Allah forgives them before they part,” says another hadith.
He also said: “Do not consider any act of goodness as being insignificant even if it is meeting your brother with a cheerful face.”
A verse from the Quran also deals with social gatherings: “No good is there in much of their private conversation, except for those who enjoin charity or that which is right or conciliation between people. And whoever does that seeking means to the approval of Allah, we are going to give him a great reward.”
There are rules for manners when three people are present. “If you are three, two should not converse secretly to the exclusion of your companion for that hurts his feelings,” the Prophet said.
Published: August 29, 2013 04:00 AM