TO ENTER A NEW TOWN:
Narrated by Suhaib R.A, the Prophet Muhammad S.A.W.W would say upon looking at the town he wishes to enter:
اللّـهُمَّ رَبَّ السَّـمَوَاتِ السّـبْعِ وَمَا أَظْلَلْنَ، وَرَبَّ الأَرَاضِيـنَ السّـبْعِ وَما أقْلَلْنَ، وَرَبَّ الشَّيَـاطِينِ وَمَا أَضْلَلْنَ، وَرَبَّ الرِّياحِ وَمَا ذَرَيْـنَ، أَسْـأَلُـكَ خَيْـرَ هذهِ الْقَـرْيَةِ وَخَيْـرَ أَهْلِـهَا، وَخَيْـرَ مَا فِيْهَا، وَأَعُـوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَـرِّها وَشَـرِّ أَهْلِـها، وَشَـرِّ مَا فِيْهَا
“O Allah, Lord of the seven heavens and all that they envelope, Lord of the seven earths and all that they carry, Lord of the devils and all whom they misguide, Lord of the winds and all whom they whisk away. I ask You for the goodness of this village, the goodness of its inhabitants and for all the goodness found within it and I take refuge with You from the evil of this village, the evil of its inhabitants and from all the evil found within it.”
Hadith reported by An-Nasa’i and Al-Hakim
Also we find the following dua,
TO SERVE GUESTS:
Let us see a few Sunnahs on how to serve our guests, and a few Sunnah for the guests to follow and also learn the Dua that guests should recite for the host serving them..
…….. Hosts all geared up?
🌸Here comes the Sunnah first!Respect your guestAbu Hurayrah [may Allāh Almighty be pleased with him] narrates from the Messenger of Allāh [may Allāh Almighty bless him and grant him peace], Whosoever believes in Allah, The Exalted, and the day of resurrection should respect his guest. [Imām Nawawī’s, Riyādh us Salihīn]
–》To “look after” also means to respect them and make sure they are happy and making sure you fulfil their needs.Look after your guestAbu Lahoos Jismi [may Allāh Almighty be pleased with him] narrates from his father, he says, ‘I asked the beloved Messenger of Allah [may Allāh Almighty bless him and grant him peace] I went to a person’s house [as a guest] and he did not look after me, he has now come to my house, shall I look after him or treat him as he treated me?’ The beloved Messenger of Allah [may Allāh Almighty bless him and grant him peace] replied, Look after him.“See the guest to the doorAbu Hurayrah [may Allāh Almighty be pleased with him] narrates from the Messenger of Allah [may Allāh Almighty bless him and grant him peace] that, The Sunnah is this, that you see your guest to the door. [Reported by Ibn Majah]Abu Hurayrah [may Allāh Almighty be pleased with him] has related that the Messenger of Allah [may Allāh Almighty bless him and grant him peace] said, One should welcome his guest by coming out of his door and while bidding farewell should accompany him to the door of the house. [Reported by al-Bayhaqī and Ibn Majah]
The Sunnah for the Guests to follow….Knock please!!
The companions used to knock on doors with the tips of their fingers. So when knocking, or ringing the bell, do so gently; not too soft that it couldn’t be heard, yet not too loud that it startles people. In Islam, we are allowed three attempts at the most. After the third attempt, if there is still no response, we are obligated to leave, without taking offence. It may be that the occupants of the house are out, busy, or in need of privacy.
The Prophet (SAW) said: “If you sought permission three times, and were not granted permission, then you must leave” (Bukhari and Muslim).
As Muslims, we should not be insulted at being turned away from a visit, especially if we didn’t inform them that we are coming beforehand. Rather, it would make matters less awkward for the host and more pleasant for both parties if the guest expresses understanding and apologises for the bad timing.
It is up to you to eatJabir [may Allāh Almighty be pleased with him] narrates from the Messenger of Allāh [may Allāh Almighty bless him and grant him peace] that, Whoever is invited to a meal accept it, whether you desire to eat or not is your choice. [Imām Muslim’s, Sahih]
Allah (SWT) said, “If you were asked to go back, go back; that makes for greater purity” (An- Nur: 28).
–》If you are not hungry it does not mean you don’t attend, but it will please the host if you at least attend but are you are not obliged to eat.
Thank you for having me!
Long visits may be inconvenient to the host, even if it may not appear to be so. When idle talk starts to set in, it is the time to thank your host and make a graceful exit. In Ramadan, specially if you’re invited for Iftar, don’t forget to make dua for your host: “May the fasting break their fast in your home, and may the dutiful and pious eat your food, and may the angels send prayers upon you” (Abu Dawud, Ibn Majah, An Nasa’i).
❤ Lets learn the Dua now…
–》FROM THE GUEST TO THE HOST:
Remember in prayers!
Assalam o alaikum wa rehmatullahi wa barakatuhu!