9 July 2007

A Visitor is not an Inspector

When you enter the home of your host, whether as a visitor or an overnight guest, one should not closely examine its contents as an inspector would. It is important to limit ones observation to what you need to see. Do not open closed closets, suitcases, files or boxes. Do not inspect a wallet, a package or a covered object. This is against Islamic manners and is an impolite betrayal of the trust your host has accorded to you. In order to cultivate the hosts love and respect, one should uphold these manners during the visit.

Imam al-Muhasibi (رحمة الله عليه) in Risalat al-Mutarshidin said, "The duty of sight is to preclude forbidden sights and not to try and see what has been hidden or covered. Likewise Dawud al-Ta'i said,
"I was told we would be accountable for our minor gazes, as we are accountable for our minor deeds".
The Arab poet, Miskin al-Darimi said,
"My neighbour need not worry if his door is not closed".
1. Do not closely examine anything or uncover that which is hidden.
2. Do not be nosey and keep your gaze lowered.
3. Inspecting without permission is a breach of trust and a sign of the munafiq.
4. Uphold and know these ettiquettes in order to gain reward with Allah (سبحانه وتعالى).

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