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.
There are great virtues for visiting the sick. Hazrat Ali (RA) narrates that Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) has said: “Whoever visits a sick person in the evening then 70 000 angels shall invoke mercy for the visitor until the morning. If he visits the sick in the morning 70 000 angels invoke mercy for the visitor till the evening and he will receive a garden in Jannah.” (Tirmizi, Abu Dawood)
Maintaining family ties is an important obligation of every Muslim. One way of strengthening family ties is to assist family members who are in financial need. It is praiseworthy to direct one's Zakat and other charity to needy family members, as this entails two virtues: the virtue of charity and the virtue of strengthening family relations.