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May I Please Come In?

The private dwelling is a safe space from foreign intrusion and elements. As such, Islam has laid down essential guidelines for visitors when entering a home to safeguard the privacy of the occupants.

Anyone who wishes to enter the home of another is required to seek permission before entering. Permission to enter a private home should be solicited thrice intermittently. If permission to enter is granted, one may do so with greeting and respect. Should permission not be granted after soliciting permission three times, one should return as it may not be an appropriate time to visit.

Allah Ta'ala states: “O you who believe! Enter not houses other than your own, until you have asked permission and greeted those in them, that is better for you, in order that you may remember. And if you find no one therein, still, enter not until permission has been given.” (Surah Nur, Verse 27-28)

Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: "Asking for permission is (allowed up to) three times. If it is not granted to you, you must return." (Muslim)

When seeking permission to enter the home of someone, do not glance into the home.

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