Ibn Muflih wrote:
“More than 5,000 people used to attend the lectures of Imam Ahmad. Less than 500 used to write, and the rest learned themselves good character from him” [Adab Shar’iyah, 2/97]
There is so much culture mixed into our lives nowadays where at times it can be a good thing and is welcomed but often it completely tramples on the way we have been taught by Nabi sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
Throughout this study of Islamic Manners and etiquette, you will learn how to conduct yourself as a Muslim at all times. These manners cover even the slightest acts, such as entering, or exiting a washroom, the posture of sitting, and cleaning one’s self. At the time of the Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, one of the polytheists mockingly said to his companion Salman Al-Farisi: ‘Your prophet has taught you everything, even the manners of going to the toilet.’ Salman answered, ‘Yes, the Prophet forbade us from facing the Qibla when urinating or getting rid of body waste.’ Salman continued, ‘the Prophet asked us not to use the right hand when cleaning ourselves and to use at least three stones for cleaning.’
It will be a good idea to consider how you may be at certain occasions and see how it compares to the Islamic way. Have your Islamic Manners been altered due to culture or have you managed to stay firm on the way taught to us? Spend time discussing each etiquette with your peers and think of steps to improve without judgement towards anyone.
We will be covering many texts. There may be some overlaps as they come from different sources but this is a benefit in that it will in sha Allah, be easier to remember and adopt into ones life.
Adab (manners) in brief
Rasulullah sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam - the perfect example