Road Etiquette

Narrated Abu Sa’eed Al-Khudri:

The Prophet said: ‘Beware! Avoid sitting on the roads. “They (companions) said, “O Allah’s messenger! We can’t help sitting (on the roads) as these are (our places) where we have talks.’ The Prophet said, ‘If you refuse but to sit, then give the road its right. They said, “What is the right of the road, O Allah’s messenger?” He said, lowering his gaze, refraining from harming others, returning the greeting, and enjoining what is good, and forbidding what is evil.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

Road Etiquette in Brief:

  1. Lowering your gaze from looking at the opposite gender
  2. Refraining from harming or harassing others (especially women)
  3. Returning the greeting
  4. Enjoining the good and forbidding the evil
  5. Removing from the road what may harm others and maintaining the road’s cleanness
  6. Helping and giving direction to whoever needs it (the blind, children, elderly…etc.)
  7. Meeting others with a cheerful face
  8. Not to defecate or urinate on the people’s walking way or shaded places
  9. Abiding by traffic laws when driving a vehicle

The Prophet said: “There should be neither harming nor reciprocating harm.” (Ahmad and Ibn Majah – Declared sound by Al-Albani)

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