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7 Importance of Treating Guest in Islam

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Connecting hospitality and welcoming people who want to connect hospitality are an obligation for all of Moslem. Starting and connecting hospitality by visiting and accepting guest have their own courtesy in Islam. Even, Islam greatly recommends its people to bless and honor their guests as a form of faith to religion and a form of their own aggrandizement. Because the quality of someone’s behavior can be looked from his way to accept guest and bless someone who visit his home.

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Many things that can be done as a honor of our guests, such as be friendly, give banquet and bring them to your house yard after they say goodbye. These things apply to everyone who visit your home without viewing religion, status and position.

Treating guest is so important, Allah has given examples about this positive thing since a long time ago. In Surah Adz Dzariyat is told as the Prophet Ibrahim Alaihi Sallam treated his guest well at that time.

هَلۡ أَتَىٰكَ حَدِيثُ ضَيۡفِ إِبۡرَٰهِيمَ ٱلۡمُكۡرَمِينَ ٢٤ إِذۡ دَخَلُواْ عَلَيۡهِ فَقَالُواْ سَلَٰمٗاۖ قَالَ سَلَٰمٞ قَوۡمٞ مُّنكَرُونَ ٢٥ فَرَاغَ إِلَىٰٓ أَهۡلِهِۦ فَجَآءَ بِعِجۡلٖ سَمِينٖ ٢٦ فَقَرَّبَهُۥٓ إِلَيۡهِمۡ قَالَ أَلَا تَأۡكُلُونَ ٢٧

“Has there reached you the story of the honored guests of Abraham? When they entered upon him and said, ‘{We greet you with] peace.” He answered, “[And upon you] peace, [you are] a people unknown. Then he went to his family and came with a fat [roasted] calf. And placed it near them; he said, “Will you not eat?” (Q.S. Adz Dzariyat : 24 – 27)

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Besides examples above, there are still many importance of treating guest in Islam. Here is a complete explanation about the importance of treating guest in Islam :

  1. Get Rewards as the worship of Hajj and Umrah

Besides it is as a way to connect and tighten hospitality between human, a guest who come to our house can bring blessings from Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala.

This thing is informed by Ibn Abas radhiyallahu ‘anhuma that narrated about Rasulullah Shalallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam who said :

“If there is a guest who enter Moslem’s house, then the guest will come with a thousand blessings and a thousand mercies. Allah will write to the house owner upon every spoonful that is eaten by the guest as the reward of Hajj and Umrah.”

  1. Erase the sin of house owner

Besides treating guests can bring blessings and mercies from Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala, a guest who visit to our home can also bring the forgiveness of Allah SWT and erase sins of house owner.

This matter has been told by Abu Hurairah radhiyallahu ‘anhuma, that the Prophet Muhammad Shallallahu ‘Alaihi Wasallam said :

“O Human, do not you hate guest. Because indeed if there is a guest who come, then he will come with bringing his rizq. And if he go home, then he will go home with bringing the sin of house owner.”

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Besides that, a hadith also told that Ali Ibn Abi Thalib radhiyallahu ‘anhu has been informed by Rasulullah shallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam who said :

“O Ali, If you are visited by guest, then know that Allah Ta’ala has given a grace to you. Because He has sent something that can forgive your sins.”

  1. Be lighted by a light kindness

If someone come to our home and we bless him as a guest who has to be treated politely and friendly, then Allah will light all members of family with a light kindness, although their level of faith are different.

A hadith of Mu’adz Ibnul Jabal radhiyallahu ‘anhuma told :

“No home that is visited by a guest, except Allah Tabaarak wa Ta’ala delegates an angel like a bird to that house during forty days before that guest arrives. That angel will say : ‘O the house owner, fulan ibn fulan, your guest will come in this day and that day. While the replay of Allah is this and that.’ All angels that are represented to keep that house said : ‘What else the reply that will be accepted?’ Then go out that angel to then by bringing a note that is written : ‘Allah has forgiven that house owner, although their numbers are one thousand.”

“There is no servant who treat guest sincerely because of Allah Benefactor, except Allah notices him althought he is in the crowding. If a guest who come is an expert heaven and the house owner is an expert hell, then Allah Ta’ala makes that house owner as an expert heaven because he has treated his guest.”

  1. The paragon of the Prophet Muhammad Shallallahu ‘Alaihi Wasallam

Rasulullah is a good role model and paragon for Moslem, including in terms of treating guest, Rasululah highly recommended and taught about it that it is narrated in a hadith :

From Abu Hurairah, he said : Rasulullah SAW said, “Whoever believe in Allah and the Hereafter, he  do not hurt his neighbor. Whoever believe in Allah and the Hereafter, he should treat his guest. Whoever believe in Allah and the Hereafter, he should talk well or quiet.” (Narrated by Bukhari)

  1. Became an alms field

If we are friendly and we treat our guest well, those behavior can be an alms field for us, especially if that guest stay more than three days in our home.

A hadith from Abu Hurairah told that the Prophet Muhammad Shallallahu ‘Alaihi wasallam said :

“The right of guest is three days, then if it is more than that, it becomes alms.” [Narrated by Abu Dawud]

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  1. It is a deed heaven

Accepting and treating guest are deeds that can close us to the Heaven. This matter was narrated in a hadith of Humaid Ath-Thawil from Anas bin Malik RA, he said : There is a people who visit him, then (Anas) called his maid, “ O little girl, bring (food) to our friends although it is not much, because I ever heard Rasulullah SAW said, “The glory of chastity is deeds heaven.” (Narrated by Thabrani)

  1. As a form of faith and piety to Allah SWT

The faith and piety of someone can be looked from how he treats his guest at his home.

The Prophet Muhammad Shallallahu ‘Alaihi Wasallam said in a hadith which means : “And whoever believe in Allah and the Hereafter, he should treat his neighbor, and whoever believe in Allah and the Hereafter, he should treat his guest.” (Muttafaqun ‘Alaih)

Thus some importance of treating guest in Islam. Hopefully this article can add our knowledge and increase our faith to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala. Amen.

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