Category: Virtues and Manners .

عن أبي أيوب الأنصاري رضي الله عنه قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم : «لا يحل لمسلم أن يهجر أخاه فوق ثلاث ليال، يلتقيان: فيُعرض هذا، ويُعرض هذا، وخيرهما الذي يبدأ بالسلام».
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Abu Ayyūb al-Ansāri (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger of Allah (may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him) said: "It is unlawful for a Muslim to desert his fellow Muslim for more than three nights. As they meet, both of them turn their backs on each other. However, the best of them is the one who starts by greeting the other.”
Sahih/Authentic. - [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]


The Hadīth forbids deserting one's fellow Muslim for more than three nights. On meeting, they both turn their backs on each other without greeting or speaking to each other. This Hadīth implies that one may desert his fellow Muslim for three days or less, thereby allowing one to vent his accidental anger. It is part of the human nature to feel angry. The kind of desertion intended in this Hadīth is what one practices for his own sake. However, one may desert for the sake of Allah, the Almighty, like deserting sinners, heretic innovators and bad companions. This does not have a time limit. It is rather contingent on a cause, and such a desertion will stop the time that cause ceases to exist. The best among these two who are on bad terms with each other is the one who tries to reconcile with the other and starts by greeting him.

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Benefits from the Hadith

  1. It is prohibited to forsake a Muslim for more than three days over worldly matters.
  2. It points out the merit of one who greets his companion first and ends their estrangement.
  3. It shows the merit of the greeting of peace and how it removes ill feelings and exhibits love.