When a guest arrives, first of all you should take the stock of his well-being after the exchange of greeting, as Quran depicts this procedure in the following words:
"Have you heard the story of the revered guests of Ibrahim. When they care to him and greeted him, He also greeted him in return and told: You are strange persons. Then he darted to his wife and brought a healthy calf".
The people from noble stratum feel very happy to host some one. They do not consider the guest a trouble maker, but an invoker of boons and bounties. The arrival of a guest adds to your house the pride and dignity.
It is the ordained duty of a host to honor his guest. If your guest is derogated by someone, you should take it as a challenge for your self-respect and honor.
When the villagers assaulted the guests of Ibrahim (A.S.) with mall-intention, he stood in their Way like a rock and told very categorically:
"They are my guests : Don't affront me and fear Allah: Don't humiliate me ".
When Imam Shafiee (R.A.) lodged as guest in the house of Imam Malik (R.A.), He received him with full sincerity and warmth, and managed for him a bed room to sleep. His sleep was interrupted at the dawn by knock of the door, followed by a gentle voice: May Allah shower His mercy upon you: it is the prayer time.
Imam Shafiee got up in a trice. When he opened the door, he found before him Imam Malik with a bowl of water. Imam Shafiee felt shy. Imam Malik told him in a very luscious tone: Brother: Don't bother: To serve a guest is a very happy duty of one and all:
Our Prophet (P.B.U.H.) was of a high concern to his guests and was keeping himself personally in their service, and when He was shared by a guest on the table, He repeatedly encouraged him to take some more. When the guest became satisfied and apologized to take more, he did not insist.
Serve to your guests the best dishes and place on the table the crockery, outnumbering the guests, because it may save you from wind-movements if some more guests join your table. The additional crockery shall infuse in the hearts of the new-entrants a pleasant feeling of honor and respect. To sacrifice for the guest is counted among commendable traits.
Once a person came to the Prophet (P.B.U.H.) and complained a severe hunger. He sent to one of his wives to fetch some thing, but the answer was nothing but nothing, then he sent to another wife and the answer was same. He turned to his followers and inquired them if there was someone to host the hungry guest. An Ansari Follower accepted the offer and led the person to his house. When his wife informed him that the food was sufficient only for the children, he advised her to lull them to sleep, and to extinguish the lamp under some pretext, having served the food to the guest, and to accompany him so that he may think that we are sharing the food with him. When that Ansari Follower came to the Prophet (P.B.U.H.) in the morning and told him overnight story He commented Allah has appreciated a lot your good behavior with your guest.
KHWAJA SHAMS-UD-DEEN AZEEMI
IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, THE MERCIFUL, THE BENEVOLENT
Dedicated to those scientists, who are inching towards the cognizance of the facts, spotlighted by Allah Almighty, in the wake of their intelligent observation for the top vertex of scientific achievement, which is not other than the "Disastrous end of the Universe". And this is probably during 15th century of Lunar calendar.
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