Islam is the constitution for life, it is not only a religion. Islam shows us how we live, how we succeed in life, how we can be happy, how we can take care of our bodies, and how we can act and think of every aspect of life. I always believe that Islam is not only for Muslims. It could be the guide for every human being who is lost in life; doesn’t know how can behave and act in various situations.

Our behaviors should be regulated from time to time. We don’t live alone in this big world. We should know how to be good individuals in society for you in the first place and for everyone besides us. Islam sets the foundation and builds over it.  According to Islam, whatever leads to the welfare of the individual or society is considered a good manner, and whatever is injurious for you or anybody else is considered a bad manner.

Islam has taken great care of the individual in all his affairs, in matters of his religion and worldly affairs, and in the event of his health and illness, poverty and wealth, ease and hardship, sleep and wakefulness, travel and residence, eating and drinking, joy and grief, and Islam did not leave the small or the big without clarification.

The prophet peace be upon him showed us by saying and doing, the right path that Muslims should follow in his life.

Since many people these days are ignorant of these ethics or need to be reminded of them; We are going to discuss briefly some of the ethics

How Muslims should sleep according to the Islamic perspective:

  • Sleeping in the dark and turning off the lights, according to the following hadith:

“Turn off the lights when you are about to sleep, close the door, seal the vessel firmly, and cover up the food and drinks.

  • Perform Wudu (Ablution) Before Going to Sleep. As mentioned in the following hadith:

“If you want to go to bed (sleep), you should first perform wudu (ablution) first as your wudu (ablution) to perform prayer.”

  • Pray Before and After Wake Up (from your sleep)

“Before going to sleep Rasulullah SAW prayed, “Bismika Allahumma Amut wa Ahyaa” (With Your name O Allah i am dead and alive). When woke up he prayed, “Alhamdulillahillaji ahyana ba’da maa ama tanaa wa ilayhinnusur.” (Praise to Allah who raised us after we die and only to Him we return).”

  • Don’t sleep in your back or stomach

“Indeed (sleeping position on your stomach) it is a sleeping position that is wrathful by Allah Azza Wa Jalla.”

  • Sleep early in the night.

“He slept early in the night and revived the end of the night.”

Islamic toilet etiquette:

  • Enter the toilet with the left foot first.

Narrated Anas: Whenever the Prophet (ﷺ) went to answer the call of nature, he used to say, “Allah-umma inni a`udhu bika minal khubuthi wal khaba’ith i.e. O Allah, I seek Refuge with You from all offensive and wicked things (evil deeds and evil spirits).

  • Leave the toilet with the right foot.
  • The toilet should be in a private area; hence no one can see you.
  • Do not enter the toilet with anything in the name of Allah.
  • Keep silent while in the toilet.
  • Wash hands and clean thoroughly.

The rights of the road in Islam:

  • The right of removing any harm from the road.

In a noble hadith, “The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Faith has over seventy branches – or over sixty branches – the uppermost of which is the declaration: ‘None has the right to be worshipped but Allah’; and the least of which is the removal of a harmful object from the road, and modesty is a branch of faith.”

  • The right of guiding the passerby and travelers

Abu Hurairah reported that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) forbade people to sit in courtyards and roads. The Muslims said, “We will not be able to avoid it. We cannot undertake it.” He said, “If not, then give it its due.” They said, “What is it due?” He said, “Lower the eye, guide the traveler, wish for mercy on the person who sneezes when he praises Allah and return the greeting.”

  • The right of exchanging the greetings between Muslims.

Allah almighty says: And when you are Almighty a greeting, greet [in return] with one better than it or [at least] return it [in a like manner]. Indeed, Allah is ever, over all things, an Accountant.

(An-Nisaa’ 4:86)

The Prophet (peace be upon him) urged to exchange greetings between Muslims. Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, “By Him in Whose Hand my soul is! You will not enter Paradise until you believe, and you shall not believe until you love one another. May I inform you of something, if you do, you love each other. Promote greeting amongst you (by saying As-salamu `alaikum to one another)”.

  •  The right of helping people in lifting their bags.

Abu Hurairah narrated that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, “There is a (compulsory) sadaqah (charity) to be given for every joint of the human body (as a sign of gratitude to Allah) every day the sun rises. To judge justly between two persons is regarded as sadaqah, and to help a man concerning his riding animal by helping him to ride it or by lifting his luggage onto it, is also regarded as sadaqah, and (saying) a good word is also sadaqah, and every step taken on one’s way to offer the compulsory prayer (in the mosque) is also sadaqah and to remove a harmful thing from the way is also sadaqah.”

Islam highlighted the importance of ethics and manners for the Muslims. So, Islam is a complete dance that organizes a person’s life in all aspects. Islam tends to promote the Islamic society to Supreme, highlight its morals, and dissociate individuals from all shameful acts.

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