Hadith for Children

Honour your guest

Maulana Jawaid Attari Madani

The Final Prophet of Allah Almighty, Sayyiduna Muhammad صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم said: مَن قَرَیَ الضَّيْفَ دَخَلَ الجَنَّةَ, meaning, ‘Whosoever showed hospitality towards a guest, he will enter Paradise.’[1]

Dear children! Guests are the mercy of Allah Almighty, blessings spread when guests come, being hospitable is a virtuous act, one attains great reward for being hospitable, being hospitable is a blessed Sunnah, one attains Paradise through hospitality, and Allah Almighty has praised those who are hospitable and promised them the garments of Paradise.

Sayyiduna Anas رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْهُ said: When a person is hospitable for the sake of Allah Almighty, Allah Almighty sends 10 angels to his home who make Du’a for his forgiveness for an entire year.[2]   

The Prophet of Allah Almighty, Sayyiduna Ibrahim عَـلَيْـهِ الـسَّـلَام was very hospitable, which is why he عَـلَيْـهِ الـسَّـلاَم is known as ‘Abu Dayfaan (i.e. one who is very hospitable)’.[3]

Dear children! You can also show hospitality to the guests that come to your home, for example, if anything needs to be brought from outside, or if dishes need to be placed down or picked up, you can help your family members with this.

When guests come, children should greet them with Salam in a pleasant manner, not request any food or drink that has been placed for the guests from their parents nor annoy them by being stubborn.

May Allah Almighty grant us the ability to respect and honour our guests, and to be hospitable in the best manner.

اٰمِیْن بِجَاہِ النَّبِیِّ الْاَمِیْن صَلَّی اللہ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلہٖ وَسَلَّم

[1] Al-Mu’jam Al-Kabeer, vol. 12, p. 106, Raqm. 12692

[2] Kanz ul U’mmaal, Juz.9, vol. 5, p. 119, Hadith 25972

[3] Mawsu’ah Ibn Abi Al-Dunya, vol. 8, p. 461, Hadith 7




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