‘Etiquette -Muslim’s required Etiquette with Allah’
1. Believing that “None has the right to be worshipped but Allah” “La Illaaha Ill Allah” & having Tawheed
Saying and believing in the Kalimah is the first Pillar of Islam and also the Right of Allah. Every Muslim knows that the key to Paradise is the statement, “There is none worthy of worship except Allaah.”
2. ‘Ibaadah (worship) Ibadah means worshipping Allaah alone because He is their Lord, Creator and Provider. So all kinds of worship should be devoted to Him alone, such as du’aa’ (supplication), dhikr (remembering Allaah), seeking help, humbling oneself, submitting, hope and fear, vows, sacrifices, and so on. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
3. Shukr (gratitude, giving thanks) For Allaah is the One Who bestows favours and blessings upon all of creation, so they have to show their gratitude for these blessings on their lips and in their hearts and in their physical actions, by praising Allaah and using these blessings to obey Allaah and in ways that Allaah has permitted: “Therefore remember Me (by praying, glorifying). I will remember you, and be grateful to Me (for My countless Favours on you) and never be ungrateful to Me.” [al-Baqarah 2:152 – interpretation of the meaning]
The reward of gratitude is unlimited: ” …If you are grateful, I will add more (favours) unto you…” (Ibrâhîm 14:7)
4. Having fear and hope Indeed, a person exhibits the fear of Allah by seeking to prevent Allah’s punishment by carrying out what Allah has commanded of him and abstaining from what Allah has prohibited him.
Allah had called upon all people in every era to fear Him. Allah says: “And We had enjoined upon those who were given the Scripture before – as well as yourselves – to fear Allah.” [ Sûrah al-Nisâ’ : 131]
The fear of Allah is the path to forgiveness, salvation, and the attainment of Allah’s mercy. Allah says:
Allah promises those who fear Him that He will provide for their needs and grant them a way out of their worldly difficulties. Allah says: “And whoever fears Allah, He will make for him a way out, and provide for him from whence he could never imagine.” [ Sûrah al-Talâq : 2-3]
Ibn Mas`ûd explained what it means to fear Allah as He ought to be feared by saying: “It means that He is to be obeyed not disobeyed, remembered not forgotten, and shown gratitude not ingratitude.”
5. Loving Allah As Muslims, our faith requires that our love for Allah and his prophet supersedes any other type of love for any other object or creation. Love of Allah requires us to love what Allah loves and to dislike what displeases Him and to further demonstrate that love by following the Quran and the Sunnah.
When Allah Loves Some Person
Allāh’s Messenger ﷺ said:” When Allāh loves some person, He sends for Jibrīl and commands him: verily, I love such and such person; you should also love him, so Jibrīl loves him as well. Then Jibrīl proclaims in the heavens that Allāh loves such and such person; you should also love him. Then the residents of the heavens love him as well. Then his love is sent down to the earth (the world).”
After learning the Beautiful Names and details of Allah and His Rights, it should be a part of the Etiquettes of a Muslim to do things that Allah Love & stay away from things that Allah dislikes. This class is all about this InshaAllah!
The note looks a little long but most of it is Ayahs & Hadeeths which you don’t have to memorize and are there to give a comprehensive understanding, so InshaAllah it would be a good read 🙂
1. Tawbah (Repentance) “For Allah loves those who turn to Him constantly (in repentance)“ (Surah Al Baqarah 2:222)
Repentance is a form of detoxification – Sincere repentance cleanses and beautifies the Iman (faith). We all commit sins but Allah loves those who after committing sins, seek forgiveness with deep sorrow and regret. Allah Loves those who Repent and seek His forgiveness..
2. Taharah (Purification) “Allah loves those who keep themselves pure and clean.” (Surah Al Baqarah 2:222)
3. Taqwa (Piety) “for Allah loveth the righteous (the pious).” (Surah Al Tawbah 9:4)
The fear of Allah is the source of a pure soul – it is borne out of love and obedience. Thus, a pious person is constantly driven to do good only.
He/She is humble and does not flaunt piety in front of others. The fear of Allah beautifies the Iman and is the origin of all good as one continues to strive to do only what pleases Allah and stay away from the things that would displease him.
4. Ihsan (Goodness & Perfection) Prophet Muhammad ﷺ says, “Ihsan is to worship Allah as if you see Him, and if you cannot achieve this state of devotion then you must consider that He is looking at you.” (Sahih Bukhari, Book #2, Hadith #47)
Ihsan goes beyond a noble trait; it is an integral part of Islam. It is the secret to an attentive heart – knowing that Allah is watching everything. This fills the heart with respect and veneration and one becomes too embarrassed to go against Allah’s commands. It promotes performance of good deeds for the sake of Allah and not for show-off or to gain praise or fame.
5. Tawakkul (Trust in Allah) “For Allah loves those who put their trust (in Him).“ (Surah Ali ‘Imran 3:159)
The secret and reality of trust in Allah is the reliance of the heart on Allah alone. Therefore trusting in Allah by word of mouth is different from trusting in Him by the heart.
6. Qist (Justice) “for Allah loveth those who judge in equity.” (Surah Al Ma’idah 5:42) “for Allah loves those who are fair (and just).” (Surah Al Hujurat 49:9)
Justice is a prerequisite to peace which is missing in our contemporary society. It means:
7. Sabr (Patience) “And Allah Loves those who are firm and steadfast (As-Sabirin (the patient)).” (Surah Ali ‘Imran 3:146)
Patience is one of the most noble of virtues and traits. It is to endure what one dislikes with a sense of acceptance and submission and anticipating Allah’s reward.
8. Kindness Ayesha (RA) narrated: The Messenger of Allah ﷺsaid: “Allah loves kindness in all matters.”(Bukhari)
9. Humility of the Rich Sa’d Ibn Abi Waqqas (RA) said: Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said: “Allah loves the believer who is pious and rich, but does not show off.” (Muslim)
10. Strength Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said: “The strong believer is better and more loved by Allah than the weak one, but they are both good.” (Muslim)
So we should try and stay fit for the Sake of Allah and encourage our children for sports more than playstation.
11. Continuous Performance of Righteous Deeds Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said: “The best loved deeds to Allah are the ones that are continuous even if they are not very many.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
12. Dua Allaah loves to be asked, and He encourages that in all things. He is angry with the one who does not ask of Him and He encourages His slaves to ask of Him. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “And your Lord said: “Invoke Me [i.e. believe in My Oneness (Islamic Monotheism) and ask Me for anything] I will respond to your (invocation)” [Ghaafir 40:60]
Du’aa’ is very important in Islam, so much so that the Prophet ﷺ said: “Du’aa’ is worship.” (Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 3372; Abu Dawood, 1479; Ibn Maajah, 3828)
Some other traits that are beloved to Allah
1. Israaf (extravagance) “But waste not by excess: for Allah loveth not the wasters (Al-Musrifun (those who waste by extravagance)).” (Surah Al An’am 6:141)
Excessive spending and lavishness in everything is the core of evil and leads to greater evil. It makes one forget the hereafter and preparing for it. Such acts would be a cause of humiliation and disgrace on the Day of Judgment.
2. Istikbaar (Pride) “verily He loveth not the arrogant (proud).“ (Surah Al Nahl 16:23)
Sometimes a person might be deceived by his/ her knowledge, wealth and property, lineage and ancestry, or worship and be arrogant and boastful.
Pride is among the greatest means of damage to a person’s wealth and circumstances. It distances one away from Allah’s love and “He who has in his heart the weight of a mustard seed of pride shall not enter paradise.” (Sahih Muslim, Book #001, Hadith #0166)
3. Mukhtal fakhoor (Arrogant boaster) “for Allah loveth not any arrogant boaster.” (Surah Luqman 31:18)
Being arrogant and boastful are a deadly combination – beauty, knowledge, wealth and noble lineage should be taken as gifts from Almighty Allah and one should be humble and grateful for them rather than make them a means of pride and oppression.
Servants of Allah cannot be true to themselves as long as they are flattering themselves, walking in an arrogant manner and looking down on people who are inferior to them and not mix with them.
4. Udwaan (Transgression) “for Allah loveth not those given to excess (Transgression).” (Surah Al Ma’idah 5:87)
Human characteristics have limitations, which if surpassed would be transgression and if one falls short of it, it would be a defect – for example, generosity has a limitation, when surpassed, it becomes extravagance, when courage is surpassed, it becomes rashness; when ibadah (worship) is surpassed, one falls into the risk of adopting bid’ah – some of the Companions almost fell into this trap.
5. Zulm (Evil, wrongdoing) “but Allah loveth not those who do wrong (Zalimun (oppressors, polytheists and wrong doers)).” (Surah Ali ‘Imran 3:57)
All acts of wrongdoing such as stealing, breach of trust, embezzlement, usurping the rights of others, and bribery, have serious consequences in the hereafter.
6. Khiyaanah (Treachery) “for Allah loveth not the treacherous.” (Surah Al Anfal 8:58)
The treacherous one is two-faced and inconsistent in words and deeds. Acts of treachery lead to betrayal, disloyalty, perfidy, deception and hypocrisy which in turn soil the Iman.
7. Ifsaad (Mischief-making) “And Allah loveth not those who do mischief.” (Surah Al Ma’idah 5:64)
This is a comprehensive term which includes great crimes, sins, oppression, carrying false tales, hypocrisy, tyranny and all kinds of mischief. All these acts are despicable and stain the Iman.
8. Publicity of Evil “Allah does not like that evil should be uttered in public except by him who has been wronged. And Allah is Ever All-Hearer, All-Knower.” (4:148)
This is very common in our Ummah now, people commit sins openly and also when they do certain sins people dont know, about they come and announce it with pride these people call upon Allah’s wrath.
9. Obscene words and acts Ahmed narrated: Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said:“Allah hates obscene words and acts.”
Again one of the most common disease our Ummah is suffering from. They use obscene language and think they are cool or just for fun.
10. Betrayal “Verily, Allah does not like anyone who is a betrayer, a sinner.” (4:107)
11. Exultance for Worldly Desires “Verily, Allah likes not those who exult (with riches, being ungrateful to Allah).” (28:76)
The remedy for all these diseases is the love of Allah Almighty, His Messenger ﷺ and the Pleasures of the Hereafter. Allah’s love has many fruits and positive consequences, namely, Allah gives whoever loves contentment and satisfaction and this is one of the graces of Allah in this world.
Hasten today to adopt the qualities that Almighty Allah loves and don’t rest until they become second nature to you; hasten today to abandon all the qualities Allah does not love and don’t relent until you hate them with all your heart.
Therefore, the key is supplication, resorting to Allah and sincere desire to please Him followed by action, so we say,
“O Allah make Iman beloved to us and beautify it in our hearts.”
THE ETIQUETTE OF DU’AA
The Prophet ﷺ said: “The prayer of Dhu’l-Noon (Yoonus) which he said when he was in the belly of the whale: ‘Laa ilaaha illa anta, subhaanaka, inni kuntu min al-zaalimeen ([none has the right to be worshipped but You (O Allaah)], Glorified (and Exalted) be You [above all that (evil) they associate with You]! Truly, I have been of the wrongdoers.’ No Muslim recites this du’aa’ concerning any matter but Allaah will answer him.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi
12. Du’aa’ for one who is sick
The Messenger of Allaah ﷺ said: “When you visit a sick person, say good things, for the angels say Ameen to whatever you say…” Muslim (919)
13. The du’aa’ of a father for his child, the du’aa’ of a fasting person and the prayer of the traveler
14. Du’aa’ after the sun has passed its zenith and before Zuhr
15. Du’aa’ when going to bed at night
TIPS FOR THE TESTS: –
Remember the times to Makes Dua