Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Merits of Islam in the Area of Gatherings

1-Islam gives the same rights to both the rich and the poor in places of gatherings, including in the mosques.
The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever gets up from his place then comes back to it, has more right to it.” 

2- Islam forbids sitting between two persons without asking their permission.

 3- If three persons are sitting together, two may not converse secretly to the exclusion of a third, because this is offensive.

4- Islam demands making room for newcomers in the place gatherings as a sign of respect and cooperation.
58: 11. O you who believe! When you are told to make room in the assemblies, (spread out and) make room. Allâh will give you (ample) room (from His Mercy). And when you are told to rise up [for prayers, Jihâd (holy fighting in Allâh's Cause), or for any other good deed], rise up. Allâh will exalt in degree those of you who believe, and those who have been granted knowledge. And Allâh is Well-Acquainted with what you do.

5- It is not permissible to remove a person from his place for someone else to sit in it.

6- Islam urges respect for others and sets rules for greetings.
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: "The younger one should offer salutation to the older one, and the one who is going along to the one who is sitting, and the smaller group to the larger group."

7- Islam requires Muslims to avoid places where a person feels he will be exposed to the temptation of looking, if he can manage to avoid them, such as going to marketplaces or malls, and sitting in the street. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:" Beware of sitting in the street.” They said, “We have no alternative; that is where we sit and talk.”  He said, “If you insist on sitting there, then give the street its rights.” They said, “What are the rights of the street?” He said, “Lowering the gaze and refraining from causing offence…”



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