وَلَقَدْ جَاءَتْ رُسُلُنَا إِبْرَاهِيمَ بِالْبُشْرَىٰ قَالُوا سَلَامًا ۖ قَالَ سَلَامٌ ۖ فَمَا لَبِثَ أَنْ جَاءَ بِعِجْلٍ حَنِيذٍ
“And certainly, did Our messengers come to Ibrahim (AS) with good tidings; they said, ‘Peace’. He said, ‘Peace’ and did not delay in bringing [them] a roasted calf” (Surah Hud, verse 69)
Allah SWT sent angels in human form to Ibrahim (AS) to give him the good news of a son. When the guests entered his home, he gave salaam to his guests and rushed to prepare roasted calf to feed them.
Ibrahim (AS) has taught us the etiquettes of treating our guests.
- To greet with salaam
- To feed our guests
رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم يَقْبَلُ الْهَدِيَّةَ وَيُثِيبُ عَلَيْهَا
“Allah’s Messenger ﷺ used to accept gifts and used to give something in return.” (Bukhari)
Exchanging gifts increases love for one another and help strengthen bonds. The Prophet ﷺ would often send gifts to his Companions رضي الله عنهم. The Prophet’s Companion رضي الله عنهم also frequently exchanged presents amongst themselves.
Remember when exchanging gifts, always keep within your means, whatever the status of the receiver is. Do not think that your gift should necessarily be a high value one. Give according to your means.
The real worth of your gift depends on your sincerity and the feelings of warmth and love with which you have presented the gift.
رَضِيتُ بِاللَّهِ رَبًّا وَبِالْإِسْلَامِ دِينًا وَبِمُحَمَّدٍ نَبِيًّا
“I am pleased with Allah as my Lord, with Islam as our Deen, and Muhammad ﷺ as our Prophet” (Tirmidhi)
With Eid a day or so away, it is the perfect opportunity to revive a sunnah, by giving Eid gifts to your loved ones, especially for children.
Written by Umm Amaarah, mother of 2, qualified solicitor and Aalimiyyah student