Manners in Islam- entering a house

Islam is a way of life, it teaches every human being the values that one needs to fulfill his or her duties. Islam even teaches us the everyday manners. It teaches us to Enter or leave our house with our right foot first, as it was the sunnah (The way The beloved Prophet used to act) Imaam Abul Ala Hasan ibn Ahmad al-Hamazani, a great scholar of Hadith of his time, was so serious about applying this Sunnah, that if someone entered his house with their left foot first, he would request them to go out and re-enter or come in with their right foot first. He was so much esteemed that the Sultan would visit him at the seminary and sit in front of him as a student and a keen observer. At one time, he told the Sultan to leave with his right foot first and walk on the right side of the road.

And enter the house through a proper door or entrance, do not invade the privacy by entering through an unannounced place to enter,

Hadith – Sahih Bukhari 3:30, Narrated Abu Ishaq similarly narrated by Al-Bara in Bukhari 6:39

I heard Al-Bara’ saying, “The above Verse was revealed regarding us, for the Ansar on returning from Hajj never entered their houses through the proper doors but from behind. One of the Ansar came and entered through the door and he was taunted for it. Therefore, the following was revealed: –

[The Noble Qur'an: Al-Baqarah 2:189]

…It is not Al-Birr (piety, righteousness, etc.) that you enter the houses from the back but Al-Birr (is the quality of the one) who fears Allah.  So enter houses through their proper doors, and fear Allah that you may be successful.

The Noble Qur’an – 24:27

O you who believe!  Enter not houses other than your own, until you have asked permission and greeted those in them that is better for you, in order that you may remember.

And if you find no one therein, still, enter not until permission has been given.  And if you are asked to go back, go back, for it is purer for you, and Allah is All-Knower of what you do.

Which direction to Face while Waiting at the Door:

Hadith – Bukhari (#1081)

‘Abd Allah ibn Busr reported that when the Prophet of Allah (S.A.W) went up to a door with the intention of seeking permission to enter, he did not face the door, but looked left and right.  If permission was granted [he would enter].  If not, he would go on his way.

Hadith – Mishkat, Narrated AbuDharr (May Allah be pleased with him), Tirmidhi transmitted it, saying this is a gharib tradition

Allah’s Messenger (S.A.W) said, “If anyone removes a curtain and looks into a house before receiving permission and sees anything in these which should not be seen, he has committed an offence which it is not lawful for him to commit. If a man confronted him when he looked in and put out his eye, I should not blame him. But if a man passes a door which has no curtain and is not shut and looks in, he has committed no sin, for the sin pertains only to the people inside.”

 

When entering or leaving a house, do not slam the door aggressively, or slam it shut, or leave it to be closed by itself violently.

Such activities stand in difference to the poise of Islam to which you are privileged to belong to.

Close the door quietly with the use of your hand. Make sure it does not create a sound that will disturb the peace of others.

A Hadith reported by Imam Muslim whereby ‘Aisha (RA) quotes the Prophet: ‘Gentleness adorns every act. Its absence will tarnish it.’

 

If you enter such a place where the people are sleeping, whether during day or night, be quiet and calm. Be caring. Do not cause any unwanted noise when entering or exiting anyone’s house or your own.

You have heard the saying of the Prophet (S.A.W):

Whoever is deprived of gentleness, is deprived of all sorts of goodness. (4791, found in ‘General Behavior (Kitab Al-Adab)’ of Sunan Abu-Dawud.)

 

Muslim and Al-Tirmidhi reported that the honourable companion Al-Miqdad bin Al-Aswad (RA) said: ‘We used to preserve the Prophet’s share of the milk, when he came back at night he would greet us with a voice loud enough for those awake to hear, without disturbing those who were asleep.’ In addition, whenever the Prophet used to pray at night, he would recite the Quran with a voice that pleased those that were awake, without disturbing those that were asleep.’

 

 

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