Prayer Time

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All praises and abundant glorifications are due and belong to Allah. May His salutations be upon the Prophet Muhammad; the best example and a unique human module for the realization of man’s salvation worldly and eternally. May Allah‘s peace be upon him, his family and all companions.

The books of hadiths and biography contain enormous accounts of the Prophet Muhammad(may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)unique and kind treatment to people of all walks of life, ranging from children, the aged, women and so on. This kind treatment reaches its peak and pinnacle when it has to do with his guests. In one of his famous sayings, he coupled kind treatment of the guests with faith which clearly sends powerful signals of his respect for the guests. He; May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him remarked:

“Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day should serve his guest generously by giving him his reward.” It was asked. “What is his reward, O Messenger of Allah?” He said, “The guest’s reward is to be provided with a superior type of food for a night and a day, and a guest is to be entertained with food for three days; whatever is offered beyond that is regarded as a charitable gift. And it is not lawful for a guest to stay with his host for such a long period so as to put him in a critical position.” [Bukhari]

In yet another tradition he proclaimed:

“Good comes more quickly to the house in which food is provided [to the guests] than the knife comes to the camels’ hump” [Ibn Majah]

It is inferred from the foregoing traditions that the prophet’s (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) hospitality towards his guest in the blessed days of Ramadan will be the type that is superfluous in kindness and generosity. Why not, when every act of his worship is increased in the Month of Ramadan. He used to exert much effort in worshiping Allah when the month of Ramadan dawn upon him in a way that is greater than his worship in other months of the year.

It is also an established fact that he(peace and blessings of Alah be upon him)used to invite some of his companions to make suhoor(predawn meal) with him. Zaid ibn Thabit, a young companion of the Prophet (Pbuh) reports: “We had suhoor with the Prophet (Pbuh) before he stood up to pray.”. This hadith shows clearly that in the blessed days of Ramadan, our beloved prophet may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him used to entertain some of his companions as guests.

As followers, we need to imbibe this teaching into our life style especially in the blessed days of Ramadan. A guest enjoys a special place in Islam.  Honoring the guest is connected to the faith of a true believer.  Our righteous predecessors understood that and toiled hard to implement it, even the poorest of them, sometimes causing their own personal deprivation.  Across the world you will find Muslims doing their best to offer hospitality to the guest in their homes or their community.  Entertaining a guest is important - it signifies the respect and concern of a host towards his guest and towards God. 



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