Elements of Faith Part 2: Islamic Manners

Imam Zakariyya al-Anbāri said: “Knowledge without ādāb is like fire without firewood and ādāb without knowledge is like a spirit without a body.

Introduction from Shaykh Sajid:

The topic of ādāb is a topic of utmost importance for many reasons. Firstly it is one of the lessons left behind by our beloved Prophet Muḥammad (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam)—which is enough of a reason for us to consider it an important subject. We know the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) never left a single stone unturned when it came to teaching us what will benefit us in this world and the hereafter. Allāh (subḥānahu wa ta‘āla) praised the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) for many qualities, the greatest of which was the fact that he was a perfect example for us; as Allāh says in the Qur’ān:

لَقَدْ كَانَ لَكُمْ فِي رَسُولِ اللَّهِ أُسْوَةٌ حَسَنَةٌ لِمَنْ كَانَ يَرْجُو اللَّهَ وَالْيَوْمَ الْآخِرَ وَذَكَرَ اللَّهَ كَثِيرًا

Indeed in the Messenger of Allāh you have a good example to follow for him who hopes in (the Meeting with) Allāh and the Last Day and remembers Allāh much. [33:21]

So in studying these lessons we will study some of the examples of the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) which are beloved to Allāh as there is no better guide and mentor than him; Allāh also says about him:

وَإِنَّكَ لَعَلَىٰ خُلُقٍ عَظِيمٍ

And verily, you (O Muḥammad) are on an exalted standard of character. [68:4]

The Prophet (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) also summarized in a ḥadīth: “I have not been sent (as a Messenger) except to perfect character (i.e. to complete the best of character)” [Aḥmad]

He (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) also said: “The nearest of you to me on the Day of Judgement are those who are the best in character” [Bukhāri]

Subjects covered in this series:

  • Matters pertaining to the etiquettes of seeking knowledge
  • Matters pertaining to the etiquettes of the Qur’ān, the Book of Allāh
  • Etiquettes pertaining to the salām, the greeting of peace
  • Etiquettes of visitation (seeking permission, how to enter their home, how to conduct ourselves, how to be a good guest and a good host)
  • Etiquettes of meeting others and etiquettes within gatherings
  • Etiquettes and manners of speech
  • Etiquettes of eating and drinking
  • Etiquettes of sleeping
  • Etiquettes of travelling
  • Etiquettes of visiting the sick
  • Etiquettes of our clothing and attire
  • Etiquettes of du‘ā’
  • Etiquettes and manners of attending the masjid

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Note: Islamic Manners, Morals, and Etiquettes course is the 2nd module of three in the Elements of Faith Certificate Program.  In order for one to complete this program, all modules must be completed.  See links below:

Module 1 – Umdat ul Fiqh: https://online.alkauthar.org/courses/elements-faith-p…-1-umdat-ul-fiqh 

Module 3 – Aqeedah Tahawiyyah: https://online.alkauthar.org/courses/elements-faith-part-3-aqeedah-tahawiyyah/

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