What Does Islam Teach On Manners And Dealing With Others?
Posted September 28, 2015on:
Human relations, interpersonal relations take up a wide field. It encompasses all of the relationships among human beings.
Islam places great emphasis on manners and on the proper way to deal with others, whether they are Muslims or not. Relations between people are very important in Islam, and maintaining good relations with others should be a main priority of a practicing Muslim. In fact, Islam teaches that Prophet Mohammad (p.b.u.h) said: “I have been sent to perfect the best of manners”. He summarized the goal of his entire message into the perfection of the best of manners. The following is just a sample of some of the teachings of Islam regarding manners and relationships with others.
Smiling: Islam even goes to the extent of rewarding Muslims for smiling in the face of others! Smiling when others look at you is regarded as a form of charity for which Muslims get rewarded. This is why Muslims usually smile and shake hands when they meet, and they hug if they have not seen one another for a long time. Muslims are also instructed to greet each other when they see each other with the best possible greeting.
Friendship: Islam takes friendship to a higher level, referring to Muslims as brothers and sisters, and expecting them to treat each other as such. A Muslim is expected to wish for others that which they wish for themselves. Also, a Muslim is expected to give honest advice to friends and to be there for them and help them whenever possible. Muslims are forbidden from abandoning or boycotting a friend with whom they have had a disagreement for more than three days. After the three days, they are expected to forgive their friend and resume the friendship.
Greeting with salaam is different from other greetings such as “good morning” or “good day.” The word salaam has a connection with faith. When we greet a person as “As-salaamu alaikum,” we tell him “May you be in paradise.” It has such an inclusive meaning: “I wish you peace and tranquility in this life. May your body be healthy and free of pains and discomfort? May Almighty Allah place you to the abode May Almighty Allah provide us with the means to adorn ourselves with the manners of the Prophet. May He keep us observant of these principles in our interactions within our family, with our relatives, with our neighbors, friends and with our brothers and sisters in Islam, in our business, and in our social life!
May He grant you His consent, happiness in this life and in the hereafter! May he place you among those whom are honored by His Beauty in His Paradise! May He reward you with the best of the rewards.
May Allah be pleased with you! Amen