Friday, 01 December 2023 | 02:12 AM
The dua of the guests for the host was taught by Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) and has been narrated by the most authentic narrators in Hisnul Muslim 182. Abdullah ibn Busr (رَضِيَ ٱللَّٰهُ عَنْهَا) narrates that the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) visited his father and was offered dates and other food items. Prophet (ﷺ) started eating the dates and enjoyed the offered beverage. When Abdullah Ibn Busr (رَضِيَ ٱللَّٰهُ عَنْهَا)’s father asked the Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, to pray for them, Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) said:
“O Allah, bless them in what You have provided for them, and forgive them and have mercy on them.”
A second narration is by An-Nawawi, reporting that the Prophet indicated guests praying for hosts as Mustahabb (encouraged). Another narration is in the Sahih Muslim 3/1615, which is also an authentic source of hadith.
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The Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) teaches us to be kind and mindful of the hosts. As per the hadith, guests should make a supplication for their hosts’ well-being and sustenance. This would serve as a token of appreciation from the guests for their accommodating hosts.
This dua can be recited by the guests for the purpose stated above. The guests are not required to recite this in front of their hosts, neither are they required to recite it loudly to them. The guests can silently recite this in their hearts with sincerity so that it brings rewards for themselves and the hosts.
Practicing the Sunnah of reciting this dua for your hosts will make you a more mindful Muslim. With greater love for your hosts, be it your family, friends, or acquaintances, recitation of this dua is like sending prayers their way.
It is a known fact that what goes around comes around, so you will ultimately be bringing yourself good things, too. With the remembrance of Allah in your dealings and meetings with others, you will be rewarded for it.
Ideally, one should enter when invited in and leave shortly after their meal has ended. Staying for long hours may spur feelings of annoyance in the hosts. As for overnight stays, Islam teaches us to not exceed one’s stay beyond three days. Any longer than that and any efforts made by the host would be considered a charity according to Islam.
The Prophet (ﷺ)has been reported to say, “There is no good in the one who is not hospitable.” The supplication for hospitality in Islam goes as follows, “O Allah, bless the sustenance You provide and save us from the tribulation of the fire.”
To make dua for someone in Islam, begin your prayers with a Durood e Shareef and Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى)’s names. Praise Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى), raise your hands, and ask for every tiny and big thing you wish for. End with an Ameen. Making dua with a sincere heart and having faith that it will be accepted when you are asking for it is important.