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Ramadan 2015

Palace in Paradise

The beloved Prophet (S.A.W) once informed Hazrat Umar (R.A) of his reserved palace in Paradise. He (S.A.W) explained:

'The palace was grand and thus I desired to enter, as I was about to enter, I remembered your bashfulness [in other words, Hazrat Umar (R.A) was known as a staunch character]. So I thought it would be better not to enter without your permission.'

When Hazrat Umar (R.A) heard this, he began to cry and remarked,

'Ya Rasoolullah (S.A.W)! May my mother and father be sacrificed for you! Would I be assertive towards you?'


Islam teaches us to refrain from entering someone's house without their permission, or to use anything in it without prior consent. The practice of the Prophet (S.A.W) was to stand outside the door, offer Salaam and seek permission to enter. If permission were granted He (S.A.W) would enter. If no response were heard, Prophet (S.A.W) would repeat the Salaam two or three times. If there were still no response, He (S.A.W) would leave, without showing signs of resentment.

The Holy Prophet (S.A.W) knew Hazrat Umar (R.A) was his humble devotee and that He (S.A.W) would not mind if he entered his house without his consent. In fact, Sayyiduna Umar (R.A) would have considered it an honour, but the response that Prophet (S.A.W) gave was designed to teach His Ummah the etiquettes of entering someone's house.

If the Prophet (S.A.W) didn't enter a devotee's house without prior consent, then certainly an ordinary Muslim does not possess such a right. Similarly the Prophet (S.A.W) never used someone's possession without consent. He once said, 'It is not permissible for a Muslim to use someone else's wealth without their consent.'