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Ustadha Shireen Ahmed

June 20, 2024 6 mins

Be Fair with Yourself

One’s etiquette in social situations is the key foundation to having strong relationships with others. This article is the twenty-sixth in a series taken from the On Demand Course: Discussion on Sulami’s Adab of Keeping Company. Being fair with yourself is about having a just balance. While giving to others, give yourself your rights. Giving yourself […]
June 13, 2024 6 mins

Share Others’ Concerns

One’s etiquette in social situations is the key foundation to having strong relationships with others. This article is the twenty-fifth in a series taken from the On Demand Course: Discussion on Sulami’s Adab of Keeping Company. Different people have different backgrounds, levels of religiosity, and interests. The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) […]
June 6, 2024 5 mins

Incline Towards Others

One’s etiquette in social situations is the key foundation to having strong relationships with others. This article is the twenty-fourth in a series taken from the On Demand Course: Discussion on Sulami’s Adab of Keeping Company. Break your fast if you are invited for a meal, if it is a voluntary fast. The believer is […]
May 30, 2024 5 mins

Hasten to Respond

One’s etiquette in social situations is the key foundation to having strong relationships with others. This article is the twenty-third in a series taken from the On Demand Course: Discussion on Sulami’s Adab of Keeping Company. If you got a message from somebody and did not respond to it thinking, “I’ll get to it.” It […]
May 23, 2024 4 mins

Honor Guests

One’s etiquette in social situations is the key foundation to having strong relationships with others. This article is the twenty-second in a series taken from the On Demand Course: Discussion on Sulami’s Adab of Keeping Company. If you invite someone to your house without an immediate appointment, then follow up with reminders, because they may […]
May 16, 2024 6 mins

Rush to Fulfill Needs

One’s etiquette in social situations is the key foundation to having strong relationships with others. This article is the twenty-first in a series taken from the On Demand Course: Discussion on Sulami’s Adab of Keeping Company. The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) encouraged that: “Allah is in the aid of the servant, […]
May 9, 2024 5 mins

Gracious Conduct Strengthens Ties

One’s etiquette in social situations is the key foundation to having strong relationships with others. This article is the twentieth in a series taken from the On Demand Course: Discussion on Sulami’s Adab of Keeping Company. This is based on a beautiful hadith of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace). Make it easy […]
May 2, 2024 4 mins

Keep Your Heart Clear

One’s etiquette in social situations is the key foundation to having strong relationships with others. This article is the nineteenth in a series taken from the On Demand Course: Discussion on Sulami’s Adab of Keeping Company. There are various qualities that are the most distinguishing qualities of the elect servants of Allah. Of them is […]
April 25, 2024 4 mins

Intelligent Companionship

One’s etiquette in social situations is the key foundation to having strong relationships with others. This article is the eighteenth in a series taken from the On Demand Course: Discussion on Sulami’s Adab of Keeping Company. Some company arises out of rights that others have over you. You do not choose your parents, siblings, or […]
April 18, 2024 5 mins

Modesty and Dignity

One’s etiquette in social situations is the key foundation to having strong relationships with others. This article is the seventeenth in a series taken from the On Demand Course: Discussion on Sulami’s Adab of Keeping Company. Uphold modesty and dignified conduct or dignified restraint with your companions, friends, and family, despite the familiarity.  Consider the […]
April 11, 2024 7 mins

Loyalty and Fraternity

One’s etiquette in social situations is the key foundation to having strong relationships with others. This article is the sixteenth in a series taken from the On Demand Course: Discussion on Sulami’s Adab of Keeping Company. Be loyal to your friends and family. Be there for them etc. Do constant prayer for your friends and […]
April 4, 2024 4 mins

Gossip and Talebearing

One’s etiquette in social situations is the key foundation to having strong relationships with others. This article is the fifteenth in a series taken from the On Demand Course: Discussion on Sulami’s Adab of Keeping Company. Relations have a purpose. We seek Allah. Relations must be purposefully cultivated. Sometimes you may need to prune certain […]
March 28, 2024 3 mins

Do Not Mention the Good You Did

One’s etiquette in social situations is the key foundation to having strong relationships with others. This article is the fourteenth in a series taken from the On Demand Course: Discussion on Sulami’s Adab of Keeping Company. When you do good for them, do not make it a big deal. Reminders of good that you do […]
March 21, 2024 6 mins

Smile and Be Cheerful

One’s etiquette in social situations is the key foundation to having strong relationships with others. This article is the thirteenth in a series taken from the On Demand Course: Discussion on Sulami’s Adab of Keeping Company. Smiling and having a smiling face. Being cheerful is one of the traits of the true servants of Allah. […]
March 14, 2024 4 mins

Maintaining Ties

One’s etiquette in social situations is the key foundation to having strong relationships with others. This article is the twelfth in a series taken from the On Demand Course: Discussion on Sulami’s Adab of Keeping Company. The main emphasis here is on continuity. Be thinking about all the various ways of good in the relationship. Mercy […]
March 7, 2024 3 mins

Defend and Support Others

One’s etiquette in social situations is the key foundation to having strong relationships with others. This article is the eleventh in a series taken from the On Demand Course: Discussion on Sulami’s Adab of Keeping Company. Some of these proper etiquettes overlap. The wisdom of that is educational. There are key points that the author […]
February 29, 2024 3 mins

Wavering on the Religious

One’s etiquette in social situations is the key foundation to having strong relationships with others. This article is the tenth in a series taken from the On Demand Course: Discussion on Sulami’s Adab of Keeping Company. Be easygoing in worldly matters, even on matters where there is a difference of opinion. We have a duty […]
February 26, 2024 3 mins

Renunciation: Dealing With Clutter

This is the ninth in a series of articles on how to live simply and practice renunciation from the On Demand Course: Living Simply or How to Practice Zuhd in Complex Times.  If one is left with a big pile, what does one do? The first place you might want to consider is a Muslim […]
February 22, 2024 4 mins

Worldly Disagreement

One’s etiquette in social situations is the key foundation to having strong relationships with others. This article is the ninth in a series taken from the On Demand Course: Discussion on Sulami’s Adab of Keeping Company. Our mother Aisha relates about the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) that the Prophet (Allah bless […]
February 19, 2024 5 mins

Renunciation: Practice

This is the eighth in a series of articles on how to live simply and practice renunciation from the On Demand Course: Living Simply or How to Practice Zuhd in Complex Times.  It is important to always start with the intention of always striving with every day that passes to refine yourself. You always want […]
February 15, 2024 5 mins

When in Doubt, Consult

One’s etiquette in social situations is the key foundation to having strong relationships with others. This article is the eighth in a series taken from the On Demand Course: Discussion on Sulami’s Adab of Keeping Company. Consult friends, family, and other people that you keep company. Not just with problems, but in all things. In our […]
February 12, 2024 3 mins

Renunciation: Consequence

This is the seventh in a series of articles on how to live simply and practice renunciation from the On Demand Course: Living Simply or How to Practice Zuhd in Complex Times.  The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) reportedly said, “Glad tidings be for one guided to Islam; whose living is based […]
February 8, 2024 7 mins

Give Due Respect

One’s etiquette in social situations is the key foundation to having strong relationships with others. This article is the seventh in a series taken from the On Demand Course: Discussion on Sulami’s Adab of Keeping Company. People have a sense of self-dignity. This is not about feeding their arrogance. People may be accustomed to a […]
February 5, 2024 4 mins

Renunciation: The Blueprint

This is the sixth in a series of articles on how to live simply and practice renunciation from the On Demand Course: Living Simply or How to Practice Zuhd in Complex Times.  Sahl bin Sa‘d al-Sa‘idi mentions that a man came to the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) and said, “O Messenger […]