Accepting an Invitation

Hadhrat Abdullah ibn Umar (Radiyallahu anhu) narrates that the Holy Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:
“The person who is invited amongst you by his brother should accept the invitation whether it is a wedding invitation or anything similar to it.” [Muslim]

Hadhrat Jabir ibn Abdullah (radiallahu anhu) narrates that the Holy Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:
“If anyone of you is invited to partake of meals, he should at least accept the invitation. Thereafter he may partake of it if he desires or he may totally abstain from it.” [Muslim]

Hadhrat Abu Hurairah (radiallahu anhu) narrates that the Holy Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:
“If anyone of you is invited for meals, he should accept the invitation. If he is fasting, he should make Duaa (of goodness and blessing) for the inviter (some maintain that he should set out and perform salaah at the host’s house), and if he is not fastin he should partake of the meal.” [Muslim]

No excuse will be entertained in declining an invitation. However, if wine and other intoxicants are provided at the invitation or food will be eaten out of gold and silver utensils or there is a fear of any other evil, one should on no account accept the invitation.

If uninvited people accompany one who is invited, he should firstly seek the host’s consent so that he is not annoyed and disheartened (by the arrival of an uninvited guest).

Hadhrat Abu Masood Badri (radiallahu anhu) narrates: A certain person invited the Holy Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم over for meals. Including the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم, food was prepared for 5 people. On the way to the invitation, a sixth person joined them. When the group arrived at the door of the host, the Holy Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said:
“This person has also joined us. if you wish to, you may permit him or else he will return.”
He (the host) said:
“O Prophet of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم, I don’t mind him partaking of the meal.” [Muslim]

Hadhrat Abdullah ibn Masood (radiallahu anhu) says that the Holy Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:
“Accept the invitation of he who invites you. Avoid declining a gift and refrain from annoying the Muslims.” [Muslim]

Source: The 40 Pathways to Jannah by Sheikh Khalid Sayyid Ali

4 thoughts on “Accepting an Invitation”

  1. Being a muslim its our duty to spread the information of the islma. ALLAH PAK give you the reward of this job.Do continue it…………..

  2. Blessed be God .
    Dear brethren, greeting.
    I am a priest in the Christian religion is Christianity and that is my Facebook address
    ( pastorshadmanbhatti@facebook.com).
    But I do not agree with the teaching of Christianity , which are as follows .
    1 . , I do not believe in three Gods .
    2 . Believe in Jesus not a God .
    3 . Son of God, not a follower of Jesus .
    ( Christians believe these things )
    I 100 % agree that it really is time to change the Bible is to Christians .
    Then in the Christian Bible out of it that can be .
    ( God is one , and Jesus is not the Son of God )
    After 8 months of research, I agree 100 % true that the world is only one true religion of Allah stated that all truth ( God is one ) .
    All these reasons, I want to convert to Islam .
    You help me , God bless you and grant of Islam itself .
    My name Shadman Bhatti
    Thank you

    1. Brilliant to hear @Shadman Bhatti. Islam translates peace, it is not just a religion but a way of life. This religion has been perfected and the greatest miracle of the final prophet of Allah is the Holy Quran. In it one will find linguistic beauty that is beyond the capabilities of man, scientific revelations that is unheard of at that time and an understanding of human nature beyond that of any of the greatest anthropologists in history. This book, when read with an open heart, will make sense out this current world, it will make one understand our role and purpose in this life. I pray that Allah makes it easy for you come into the fold of Islam. Ameen.

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