Islam strongly advocates the practice of mashwara (mutual consultation) in matters of importance such as domestic, private, marital, financial, political, etc. Mashwara and consultation is a meritorious practice of great benefit that is encouraged by the Noble Quran and Ahadith.
Hazrat Ayesha (Radiyallahu Anha) narrates that she heard Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) saying, “Verily a believer can obtain the rank of a person who stands in Ibadat (devotion) at night and fasts during the day through good conduct.” (Abu Dawood)
Harbouring suspicion and ill-thoughts about others is a major sin which is the root cause of many other vices that become the cause of division and disunity in society. Suspicion and ill-thoughts that are not supressed and curbed can lead to jealousy, hatred, gossip, slander, revenge and other major vices. This in turn leads to breakdown in marriages, family ties and social order.
Punctuality is an important etiquette in Islam and should be the endeavour of every Muslim. Whilst it is human to be occasionally delayed for one's meeting or appointment, a Muslim should always display promptness and punctuality in all dealings.
Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) instituted the concept of kafful aza (refraining from causing harm), as an essential right of the road. Drivers and road users are specifically cautioned in this regard. Disregarding this leads to loss of lives and injury to others.
The command to care for and respect parents comes immediately after the fundamental command to believe in the Oneness of Allah Ta'ala. The Quran instructs kind treatment of parents in no less than 7 places. Allah Ta'ala says: “Your Creator has ordered that you worship none but Him, and that you be compassionte to parents. If either of them attain old age in your life, never address them with even the slightest contempt, nor repel them, but speak to them with words of kindness.” (Surah Bani Israeel)
One of the most phenomenal inventions of modern day technology is the mobile smart phone. It is probably also the most controversial. The smart phone has revolutionalised the way people think, communicate, socialise and literally live.
One should listen attentively to the person speaking to him/her. If one is in doubt with regards to anything said, clarity should be sought regarding the same in a polite manner. Misunderstandings or misinterpretations are the cause of many evils in our society.
It is becoming increasingly common for people owning cell phones (like BlackBerry) to become engaged and engrossed in browsing, surfing, reading emails, checking messages, etc. whilst being in discussions or conversation with people. This can become irritating and annoying for others in the gathering or meeting. Such actions are against the teachings of social etiquette derived from the Sunnah.