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Courtesy on the Road

Muslim drivers are reminded that abiding by the traffic laws is both a religious and moral duty.

Reckless and inconsiderate driving, where the driver displays a wanton disregard for the rules of the road and for the safety of others, is a major cause of road accidents. Cautious and courteous driving will certainly improve road safety.

A calm reaction to any sort of provocation is the best way to diffuse the ugly situation of road-rage. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Calmness is from Allah, and haste is from shaytan”

The Automobile Association has ranked the following driving irritations as the most disturbing:

1. Speeding                                                      2. Reckless overtaking

3. Tailgating                                                     4. Aggressive driving

5. Ignoring the rights of fellow road users

Muslims are required to exemplify good conduct in all areas of social living, and at all times. Since the road has many others who are entitled to use it, as Muslims, we should set the example by displaying courtesy, giving preference to fellow road users, and avoiding conflict.

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