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If i visit someone's house and they are having dinner, should i wish them while they are eating (assalamu alaikum)? and if i did ,do they have to reply back?

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assalamo alaikum

 

i appreciate your work.  jazakallah.

 

my queries are:

 

1.  if i visit someone's house and they are having dinner, should i wish them while they are eating (assalamu alaikum)?   and if i did ,do they have to reply back?

 

2.  after doing my tahajjud prayer, i fold my prayer mat not completely (Tringular)  just leave on the floor to pray for fajr, is it permissible?  my friend said i should not leave it on the floor spreaded if i am not praying, just lift and keep.

 

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Salaam when eating

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.


 

Your Question: if i visit someone's house and they are having dinner, should i wish them while they are eating (assalamu alaikum)?   and if i did ,do they have to reply back?

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 24 Surah Noor verse 27:

27 O ye who believe! Enter not houses other than your own until ye have asked permission and saluted those in them: that is best for you in order that ye may heed.

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 4 Surah Nisaa verse 86:

86 When a (courteous) greeting is offered you meet it with a greeting still more courteous, or (at least) of equal courtesy. Allah takes careful account of all things.

 

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 1.27 Narrated by Abdullah bin Amr

A person asked Allah's Messenger (saws) "What (sort of) deeds in or (what qualities of) Islam are good?" He (saws) replied, "To feed (the poor), and greet those whom you know and those whom you don't know."

 

Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 849 Narrated by Abu Yusuf Abdullah ibn Salam

Abdullah heard the Prophet (saws) say: O people! Spread the Salaams (greetings), feed (the poor and needy), behave kindly to your blood relations, offer prayer when others are asleep, and (thus) enter Paradise in peace.

 

In light of the above guidance of Allah and His Messenger (saws), the scholars in Islam are unanimous in their opinion that it is a preferred Sunnah to initiate the Salaams or greetings whenever one enters their brethrens homes, regardless of whether one knows the others or not, and regardless of whether the occupants in the home are engaged in eating or any other act, and it is considered obligatory for the believers to reply whenever they receive a Salaam or greeting from their believing brethren in faith.

 

Your Question: .after doing my tahajjud prayer, i fold my prayer mat not completely (Tringular)  just leave on the floor to pray for fajr, is it permissible?  my friend said i should not leave it on the floor spreaded if i am not praying, just lift and keep.

To the best of our knowledge there is absolutely nothing in the Quran or the authentic and established Sunnah which suggests or even implies that it is forbidden or discouraged for the believers to leave their prayers mats unfolded when they are not praying on it. One is at absolute liberty to keep the prayer mat folded or unfolded according to their wish and convenience.

 

Your friend who suggested that one should not leave the prayer mat spread on the floor when one is not praying might have said so for fear of someone walking on it with impure shoes, or some impurity befalling on it.and such a suggestion would be justified.

 

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

 

Your brother and well wisher in Islam,

 

 

Burhan

 


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