Topic: One of the rights of a Muslim

abuhasna    -- 03-08-2009 @ 12:10 AM
  As Salaamu alaykum

I have a question that I'm hoping someone will be able to help with.

When speaking of the rights of a Muslim upon another. The one were when he is invited to a feast he accepts the invitation.

What are the conditions to which this invitation has to be accepted?

Specifically the situation is such that  a Muslim invites another Muslim to dinner. And the Muslim that has been invited has a prior commitment or plans. Or  if this prior commitment or plans is more urgent than the invitation. What is the Muslim to do? accept the invitation  in wanting to keep the rights of the Muslim over him. (Even if doing so the prior commitment or plans have to be disregarded. Which may also effect those to whom you have made a commitment to)

It may seem such a question shouldn't have to asked,however in my area of New Jersey this is a on going discussion among some of the Muslims. So I seek advice/ruling from words from the people of Ilm with proof that I may deliver to those who don't know or to those in which the matter isn't clear.

Barakallahu feek in advance

Your brother is Islaam Abu Abdul Basir Abdul Haqq

Husayn_El_Sharif    -- 03-08-2009 @ 2:18 PM
  Assalaamu alaikum,

Inshaa-Allaah one of the students of knowledge will be able to provide additional details on this subject.

I recommend to consider the " Summer 2008 Islaamic Fiqh Course" , of which recordings are available for purchase.

One of the subjects covered in the course was:

"A Woman Fasting without the Permission of Her Husband, A Fasting Person Being Invited to a Waleema (and the Conditions of Accepting Wedding Invitations)"

More information on these recordings is available at:

And the particular CD dealing with this issue is available at:

If I recall correctly, the obligated invitation refers to the Waleemah (the wedding feast). There are details and conditions connected with this issue mentioned in the recording.

Moosaa    -- 07-08-2009 @ 9:25 AM
  wa 'alaykumus-salaamu wa rahmatullaah

The scholars have agreed that it is a religious duty to respond to a wedding invitation, and they differed over other kinds of invitations.  The majority viewed the general invitations to be recommended, but not the "right of the Muslim on his brother".  This is due to one of the narrations of the hadeeth specifying the invitation as a wedding invitation.

Even with the obligation of the wedding feast, the scholars have mentioned a number of legitimate situations where the invited is excused from the obligation.  al-'Iraaqee mentions 20 of them in his book Tar-hut-Tathreeb.  These situations are discussed on the audio mentioned by our brother Husayn (may Allaah bless him).  One of the most clearly legitimate excuses is that a person has a prior commitment.  He may try to get out of the previous commitment if he wants to attend the wedding feast, but he must not harm any of his relationships to do so.  If he can not attend, he simply explains his excuse to the one who invited him, showing that he understands the importance of attending and wants to attend but can not due to such and such reason.  In such case, he is excused and free of any blame even if the inviter does not accept his excuse.

And Allaah knows best.

Moosaa ibn John Richardson

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