Manners of Visitation In Islam
22 Oct 2018
One of the important branches of Islam focuses on how a Muslim should behave in social situations, such as when visiting friends or neighbors or even family members. Islam has set specific guidelines for us to follow regarding the proper manners of visitation and how to act accordingly.
The first and foremost of these guidelines is that one should never enter a house without seeking permission first. Also, one should first offer the standard greeting of Assalamu Alikom and stand in such a way so as to not be able to see inside through the doorway before being invited in.
“O you who have believed, do not enter houses other than your own houses until you ascertain welcome and greet their inhabitants. That is best for you; perhaps you will be reminded.” [An-Nur, 27]
One should also avoid visiting during mealtimes and at night, as these are the times when receiving visitors is most inconvenient. Islam also orders both men and women to lower their gazes and not peep or look around when at other people’s homes. It is also advised not to prolong the visit for longer than necessary.
All of these guidelines and rules ensure that no one would be offended and that visitors will remain polite and courteous at all times.
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