Islam promotes and emphasises this etiquette in order to improve the Muslim personality and promote social harmony. It goes without saying that emulating such manners and values improves personal style and attributes, refines personality, and brings us closer to others’ hearts and thoughts.
Islam, its intentions, and its goals are all centred on forthcoming manners and etiquette. The term “etiquette” does not imply that it is unimportant in everyday life or social interactions. It does not imply that Muslims have the option of disobeying this code of conduct, or that adhering to it is simply preferred.
The Prophet (PBUH) said:
Washing And Cleanliness
The Sunnah requires that one uses perfume on a regular basis. According to Al-Bukhari, Salman Al-Farsi said:
If the body begins to get odorous a day or two before Friday, it is not necessary to wait until Friday to cleanse it. To maintain ourselves clean and fresh, we should wash our bodies as soon as they demand it.
Arriving After A Long Journey
If you’re going to see someone or expecting visitors, whether they’re your parents, relatives, peers, or pals of a different generation, make sure your hands, feet, and socks are clean, and your appearance and clothing are neat. Never overlook or undervalue the importance of your appearance, as this will undoubtedly detract from the pleasure of the encounter while also dulling the enjoyment of others you meet.
In this regard, the Prophet (PBUH) directed his companions upon returning from a journey:
Bring some gifts for people who will be receiving you, and do the same for your visitors. Always be ready to return the favour with a proper present. For many years, the subtle thrill of seeing your loved ones will be vividly remembered. A gift, no matter how insignificant, will substantially enhance the pleasure of such an encounter.
Our Muslim forefathers used to leave a gift for their hosts, which could have been as symbolic as an Arak stick.
When you’re among family and friends, you must dress appropriately.
Even among friends and relatives, it’s important to look your best. When visiting your parents, a religious figure, an elder, or even a relative or a friend, dress appropriately. Your outfit should be neat and elegant, not shabby or unattractive. What we perceive either attracts or repels us. If you dress nicely and smell good, you will be attractive to others, who will be drawn to you and enjoy your company. Even if you were a relative or friend, if you were the opposite, people would look down on you. In addition to being in an Islamic manner, looking well while visiting or being visited is an inherent trait.
Imam Bukhari in his book, Al-Adab Al-Mufrad reported that the great follower Abi Al-’Alia Al-Riahi Al-Basri said:
Al-Hafez Al-Haithami in Majmu’ Al-Zawa’id (1:169) reported that Thabet Al-Banani, the student of Imam Anas bin Malik said:
As a result, if you were visited at home while dressed informally, as happens occasionally, you should change for your visitor. This will increase his admiration for you and complement your graciousness. It is, after all, the early Muslim etiquette.