لاميراثَ كالأدَبِ۔

There is no heritage like etiquette.



There is no heritage like etiquette.

— Imam Ali a.s.
(Ghurar al-Hikam: Good Etiquette)

Personal Reflection

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. May peace and blessings be upon the Prophet Muhammad (), his pure progeny, and his noble companions.

The Arabic Hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) states, "لاميراثَ كالأدَبِ۔" This can be translated into English as,

There is no heritage like etiquette.

In this thought-provoking saying, Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) emphasizes the importance and value of good manners and ethical conduct.

The word (adab) "أدَبِ" in this Hadith refers to etiquette, manners, and proper behavior. It encompasses the way we interact with others, the respect we show towards them, and the consideration we give to their feelings. Etiquette is not limited to formal rules and customs, but it also includes the inner disposition of a person, their character, and their moral values.

The significance of etiquette in Islam can be understood through various Quranic verses. Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) instructs believers to uphold good manners and to treat others with kindness and respect. In Surah Al-Hujurat, verse 11, Allah says,

O you who have believed, let not a people ridicule [another] people; perhaps they may be better than them; nor let women ridicule [other] women; perhaps they may be better than them. And do not insult one another and do not call each other by [offensive] nicknames. Wretched is the name of disobedience after [one's] faith. And whoever does not repent - then it is those who are the wrongdoers.

This verse highlights the importance of refraining from mockery, insults, and offensive language towards others. It emphasizes the need for Muslims to treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of their social status, gender, or background. By adhering to these principles of etiquette, Muslims can foster a harmonious and inclusive society.

Furthermore, the Quran emphasizes the importance of good manners in our relationships with our parents. In Surah Al-Isra, verse 23, Allah says,

And your Lord has decreed that you not worship except Him, and to parents, good treatment. Whether one or both of them reach old age [while] with you, say not to them [so much as], 'uff,' and do not repel them but speak to them a noble word.

This verse highlights the obligation of showing kindness, respect, and obedience to our parents. It teaches us to speak to them in a gentle and honorable manner, even in times of disagreement or difficulty. By practicing good manners towards our parents, we not only fulfill our duty towards them but also earn the pleasure of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ).

Imam Ali's statement,

There is no heritage like etiquette,

reminds us that good manners are a timeless and invaluable legacy that we can leave behind for future generations. Etiquette is not limited to a particular culture or time period; rather, it is a universal principle that transcends boundaries and brings people together.

When we embody good manners, we become ambassadors of Islam, reflecting the beauty and nobility of our faith. Our interactions with others become a means of inviting them towards the path of righteousness and establishing a positive image of Muslims in society. Good manners have the power to transform relationships, resolve conflicts, and create a sense of unity and harmony among people.

Moreover, the practice of good manners has far-reaching consequences. It not only affects our interpersonal relationships but also shapes our own character and spiritual growth. By consistently demonstrating good manners, we cultivate humility, patience, and self-control. We become more mindful of our words and actions, striving to align them with the teachings of Islam.

In conclusion, Imam Ali's statement,

There is no heritage like etiquette,

serves as a reminder for Muslims to prioritize good manners in their lives. It highlights the significance of treating others with respect, kindness, and empathy, as taught by the Quran and exemplified by the Prophet Muhammad () and his noble progeny. By embodying the values of etiquette, we can contribute to the betterment of society and strengthen the bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood among Muslims. May Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) grant us the ability to uphold good manners and etiquette in all aspects of our lives.

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