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Avoiding places of temptation

The environment we live in is filled with challenges to our lives, wealth and Iman (faith). A Muslim is encouraged to be cautious and particular about the places he visits. A Muslim should not unnecessarily visit places or attend events were the possibility of vice or the implication of sin exist. These teachings are borne out of principles from the Quran and Sunnah.

Hazrat Uqbah bin Aamir (Radiyallahu Anhu) once asked Rasulullah ﷺ: “How can one gain salvation?” Rasulullah ﷺ replied, “Control your tongue, let your house be sufficient for you (don’t leave home unnecessarily) and cry over your sins (repent sincerely).” (Tirmizi #2406)

Certain important etiquette are required when in public places and associating with people. Hazrat Abu Sa’eed Khudri (Radiyallahu Anhu) narrates that Rasulullah (ﷺ) said, "Be careful! Avoid sitting on the public roads." The people replied, "There is no way out of it as these are our sitting places where we have talks (due to having small homes)." Rasulullah (ﷺ) said, "If you must sit there, then observe the rights of the road." They asked, "What are the rights of the road?" He said, “Lowering your gazes (from what is unlawful), removing harmful things, returning greetings, advocating good and forbidding evil." (Bukhari #2465)

A believer should particularly avoid places of suspicion and events where ones presence will increase the impetus of the celebration as associating with an event or place implicates one with its activities.

Darul Ihsan Centre

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