Monday, April 16, 2018

Prophet Muhammad's Guidelines on How to Attend to One's Daily Chores


Islam is not only a religion but it also is a complete code of conduct of one's life. It not only tells its followers how to pray to Allah and ask forgiveness from Him alone for one's sins, but also tells the Muslims how to live a life and attend to their daily chores.

Thus beside conveying the Godly commands to the fellow Muslims, the life of Prophet Muhammad (may peace be upon him) and His simple advices as to one has to attend to one's life individually and as a group so that peace and love oozes out all around and the world becomes a peaceful place to live. The Prophet not only advised to others to live a life in accordance with the instructions from Allah, but also lived a life a Himself which thus became a model for other Muslims to emulate and follow.

Herein under is a list of some Dos and Dont's the Prophet wanted Muslims to follow and adhere to. 
  • Refrain from sleeping in between the dawn and after sunrise voluntary prayers, afternoon and sunset prayers and sunset and late night prayers.
  • Don’t sleep too much - it causes forgetfulness.
  • Don’t look at the sky while offering prayers.
  • Don’t be proud of yourself for pride and vanity leads to the downfall of a man.
  • Don’t boast of your knowledge or wealth and health - for Allah does not like those who are boastful.
  • Don’t look behind frequently while walking.
  • Don’t spit in the toilet.
  • Don’t clean your teeth with charcoal.
  • Don’t break tough things with your teeth.
  • Don’t look for faults of others.
  • Don’t speak in the toilet.
  • Don’t chase the beggars.
  • Don’t speak tales about your friends.
  • Don’t antagonize your friends.
  • Don’t be suspicious about your friends.
  • Don’t stamp your feet while walking.
  • Don’t break your knuckles.
  • Don’t speak lies.
  • Don’t decide on your own but do consult others who know.
Food is a blessing from Allah. Therefore one should be very thankful and be mindful of the following:
  • Don’t be show distaste of food or dislike a particular food.
  • Don’t smell the food while you eat.
  • Don’t blow on your food when it’s hot - however you may fan it.
  • Don’t eat and drink with your left hand.
  • Don’t eat the food that is taken out from your teeth.
  • Don’t eat in darkness.
  • Don’t eat mouth-full.
  • Don't eat to your full, leave one third of your hunger unsatisfied as a full stomach leads to many diseases and ills.
Here are some more guidelines for Muslims:
  • Avoid traveling alone.
  • Check your shoes before wearing it.
  • Treat your guests well with good heart.
  • Be patient when in poverty.
  • Assist a good cause.
  • Do good to those who do bad to you.
  • Be satisfied with what you have.
  • Speak clearly so others can understand.
  • Think of your faults and repent - in fact repent at least 100 times a day so that you may be forgiven.
Each one of the above advises are points to ponder upon - the wisdom behind each would automatically be raveled. Some are even self explanatory as checking one's shoes before wearing for some deadly insect or even a scorpion may have slipped inside and may harm you when you put your foot inside.

We will talk of some of the above in detail and the philosophy behind such guidelines in posts to follow.

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