Do Seven and Abstain from Seven
Al-Bara bin Azib (radi Allahu anhum) reported that the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) commanded us to observe seven things and forbade us seven. He ordered us to visit the sick; to follow funeral processions; to respond to a sneezer with ‘Yarhamuk-Allah (May Allah have mercy on you)’ when he says ‘Al-hamdu lillah (Praise be to Allah),’ to help the oppressed and to help others to fulfill their oaths, to accept invitation and to promote greeting. He forbade us to wear gold rings, to drink in silver utensils, to use Mayathir (silk carpets placed on saddles), to wear Al-Qassiy (a kind of silk cloth) to wear fine silk brocade.
[Sahih al-Bukhari and Muslim]
This hadith has great meaning and in a way is straight forward.
The prophet commanded to do seven things and they are:
- To visit the sick – when a fellow falls ill it is a great deed to visit them.
- To follow funeral processions – when a fellow muslims passes away it is also a great deed to follow their funeral and make dua for them.
- To respond to a sneezer with ‘Yarhamuk-Allah’ (May Allah have mercy on you) when he says ‘Al-hamdu lillah’ (Praise be to Allah)
- To help the oppressed
- To help others to fulfill their oaths – this means that if a person relies on you and says that by Allah, you must do such and such a thing, then you should not let them down, you should do that work and fulfill their pledge. But this is subject to the condition that the work in question is not unlawful. It is not only permissible but also comes in the list of high moral values.
- To accept invitation – if you are invited by a fellow Muslim then you must accept the invitation provided they are inviting you to a place or function that is permissible. Nowadays many Muslims are invited to places that disobey Allah such as Weddings that are Mixed (Men and Women together) and also play music all night long, in this case it is Haram to accept such invitations.
- To promote greeting – spread the salaam wherever you are to those you know and those you don’t know. Don’t wait for other Muslims to start with the salaam, the one who says it first has the greater reward.
And Allah Knows Best!