Islamic Way of Living: Manners of Hospitality

Our Prophet (SAW) said: ” One who believes in Allah and the Day of Judgement; should respect his guests.”

(Bukhari, Muslim)

Islam teaches us to be generous towards our guests whether they are friends, relatives or strangers. We should show gratitude while receiving guests as they bring blessings of Allah with them and should entertain them with honor and respect.

Our Prophet (SAW) said:” One who believes in Allah and the Day of Judgement should honor his guest as per custom.” It was asked:”What is custom?” He said:” One day and one night and for food, three days, after that it is sadqa and khairaat.”

(Bukhari, Muslim)

It means that if a guest comes to stay with us, it is his right to spend a day and night with us and our duty to entertain him and to provide him food for three days. If he stays longer, even then there is Ajr for us as whatever we spend on him(time, money,effort), it will be counted as Sadqa and Khairaat. We should be prepared for guests at all times.

Our prophet (SAW) said:” One bedding for man (of the house), second for the lady ( of the house), third for the guests and fourth is for shaitan.”

It means that we should have one set of spare bedding beside our needs for the guests; any extra would be flaunting off.



1. Invitation should be dependent on the piety, not on social/economic  status in the society of the guests.

Our Prophet (SAW) said:” Live with the honest and only pious should eat your food.”

(Tirmazi, Abu Dawood)

Our Prophet (SAW) said:” The worst food is the food of Valima in which only the rich have been invited and the poor have been left out.”

(Bukhari, Muslim)

2. Every invitation (for dinner/supper) should be accepted; however rich or poor your host is.

Our Prophet (SAW) said:” Whoever is invited for food, should accept it(invitation).”


Narrated Abu Huraira:

The Prophet said, “I shall accept the invitation even if I were invited to a meal of a sheep’s trotter, and I shall accept the gift even if it were an arm or a trotter of a sheep.”



3. Seeing off your guest till they are out of your house is sunnah.

4. As a guest, it is our responsibility not to over burden our host and to stay for three days only unless the host wishes us to extend our stay.