I remember as a young child, whenever we were going to visit family or friends, my parents would remind us to make salaam when we entered, watch our manners, say ‘Please and Thank you’. As a parent now, I find myself doing the exact same thing!
I have realised that as much as I teach and explain these very same concepts, the true success of the lesson, depends on how well it is applied. Reminders are not always necessary, but it never hurts to reinforce a concept, especially one as important as good manners.
Remember Nabi (saw) has stressed the importance of good manners in many ahadeeth, and children should be taught so at an early age.
Abu Darda (RA) reported that Rasulullah (SAW) said, “Nothing is weightier on the Scale of Deeds than one’s good manners.”(Al-Bukhari)
Abu Hurairah (RA) said, “I heard Abu al Qasim (Rasulullah (SAW)), say, ‘The best among you in Islam are those with the best manners, so long as they develop a sense of understanding.” (Al-Bukhari)