Ever wonder how is it that you pass a Muslim in the street, in a store or your college campus and they seem to forget what a Muslim looks like? They look up in the sky, deep down in the ground, or start walking really fast; and even if, if they give you your rights as a Muslim, they only words your understand is As and barakatuh. As Muslim we have certain rights over each other and we need to become more eager to please our Lord than to look at the difference among each other.
Abu Hurairah (RadhiAllahu anhu) reported:
The Messenger of Allah (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said:
“Every Muslim has five rights over another Muslim (i.e., he has to perform five duties for another Muslim):
1) To return the greetings,
2) To visit the sick,
3) To go with funeral processions,
4) To accept an invitation,
5) To respond to the sneezes [i.e., to say: `Yarhamuk-Allah (may Allah bestow His Mercy on you),’ when the one who sneezes praises Allah].”[Al-Bukhari and Muslim] Riyad-us-Saliheen – Hadith No. 895
As you can well read we need to become more mindful of our adab towards each other. Respond to the salam,if you only knew how many blessings we get every time we salam each other. Moreover, when we give the salams completely and clearly. Visit the sick even if they don’t invite you to come and visit them, more blessings are involve and maybe by doing so this person will feel better and happier. So you see salams and visiting the sick make the next person feel better and happier. If you can either go with the funeral and pray for him, your blessings extend even further and to respond to the to the one who sneezes with such words as to ask Allah subhana wa talah to have mercy on him gives not only blessings to him but to you also. Every time you give a Muslim his rights your receive extensive blessings. What are you going to do when you see a Muslim today, run away or give them his/her rights?
Is up to you…
As salamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, may these simple words help serve as a reminder to me first and then to all of my brothers and sisters in Islam.