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He shows the path of salvation

~ keeps advising, reminding and directing ~

The Characteristics of True brotherhood in Islam

Shaykh Ibn Baaz said:

“A true Muslim brotherhood is one who keeps advising, reminding and directing you to the straight path.

He never keeps himself away from you nor flatters you.

Rather, he gives you counsel and admonishes you.

He reminds you to be mindful of Allah.

He shows the path of salvation so that you can follow it and warns you of treading the path of perdition so that you can steer clear of it.”

{Majmoo ‘Fatwaa Ibn Baaz 14:21}

Manners of Serving Food to Guest


Ibn Qudamah al-Maqdisi:
Manners of Serving Food to Guest

1. Food should be served promptly as soon as the guest rests.
2. Fruits should be served first, Allah says,
(And with fruits any that they may select; And the flesh of fowls any that they may desire.) [Al-Waqi’ah: 20-21]
Then meat is served, then any other food. Finally, the dessert is served. At the end one drinks cold water and washes his hands with warm water.

3. All available kinds of food should be served.
4. Guests should be afforded ample time to be satisfied.
5. Food should be quite enough.

The host’s share of the food should be set aside before it is served to the guests. After eating, if a guest seeks departing, the host should see him out with a cheerful smile and kind terms. The guest, too, should, out of his modesty and good manners, be satisfied and contended even if he finds something wrong. He should not depart unless the host lets him go. The guest should be mindful of the time he stays by the host.

[Mukhtasar Minhaaj al-Qaasidin p.77-78]

Signs of Good Manners

Ten Signs of Good Manners
Yusuf ibn Asbat said: “There are ten signs of good manners, and they are:
  1. Little arguing;
  2. Listening well;
  3. Avoiding searching for shortcomings;
  4. Covering mistakes;
  5. Finding excuses;
  6. Patience when annoyed;
  7. Blaming one’s own self;
  8. Seeing one’s own faults rather than other people’s faults;
  9. Having a beaming face with the young and the old;
  10. Saying kind words to those who are below and above one (with regards to religious knowledge, righteousness, social status, and so forth).”
[Al-Ihyaa, vol.3, p.77]

The Deen itself is manners

Ibn Qayyim rahimahullaah

“The Deen itself is manners. Anyone surpassing you in manners is better than you in the Deen.”

[Madarijus-Salikeen 2/294]

Is a woman counted as a mahram for a non-related woman when travelling ?


Women travelling with other women without a mahram

Is a woman counted as a mahram for a non-related woman when travelling and in other cases, or not?

Praise be to Allaah.

A woman cannot be a mahram for anyone else.

The mahram is a man who is forbidden for marriage to the woman because of blood ties, such as her father or brother; or a mahram through marriage, such as her husband, husband’s father or husband’s son; or a father or son through ridaa’ (breastfeeding, i.e., the father or son of the woman who breastfed her), and so on.

It is not permissible for a man to be alone with a non-mahram woman or to travel with her, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

“No woman should travel except with a mahram” (saheeh, agreed upon).

And he (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “No man is alone with a woman, but the third one present with them is the Shaytaan” (narrated by Imaam Ahmad and others, from the hadeeth of ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him) with a saheeh isnaad).

And Allaah is the Source of strength.

Majmoo’ Fataawa wa Maqaalaat Mutanawwi’ah li Samaahat al-Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Baaz (may Allaah have mercy on him), vol. 8, p. 336
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