Saturday, November 7, 2015

Reflecting - 2

This week in our Quran class we covered ayah 53 of Surah Ahzab that begins with the following words :

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا تَدْخُلُوا بُيُوتَ النَّبِيِّ إِلَّا أَنْ يُؤْذَنَ لَكُمْ إِلَىٰ طَعَامٍ غَيْرَ نَاظِرِينَ إِنَاهُ وَلَٰكِنْ إِذَا دُعِيتُمْ فَادْخُلُوا فَإِذَا طَعِمْتُمْ فَانْتَشِرُوا وَلَا مُسْتَأْنِسِينَ لِحَدِيثٍ ۚ إِنَّ ذَٰلِكُمْ كَانَ يُؤْذِي النَّبِيَّ فَيَسْتَحْيِي مِنْكُمْ ۖ وَاللَّهُ لَا يَسْتَحْيِي مِنَ الْحَقِّ ۚ

O  you  who  have  believed,  do  not  enter  the  houses  of  the  Prophet  except  when  you  are permitted  for  a  meal,  without  awaiting  its  readiness.  But  when  you  are  invited,  then enter;  and  when  you  have  eaten,  disperse  without  seeking  to  remain  for  conversation. Indeed,  that  [behavior]  was  troubling  the  Prophet,  and  he  is  shy  of  [dismissing]  you.  But Allah is  not  shy of the truth.

It's quite common in our culture to stay back and even overstay for a chat after having lunch or dinner at someone's house. While this isn't an issue if the host is the one asking you to stay,  we should be mindful that we're not wasting the host's time or our own. Ustazah said a person of Taqwa would not waste their own time or someone else's. May Allah ta'ala help us keep a check on our taqwa in the smallest of matters.

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