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Sunnah 44: Turn with your whole body

June 2, 2010

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

“When he turned, he would turn his whole body” [Tirmidhi] referring to when he would talk to people.

It is said that it means that he did not turn his head left or right when looking at something because this is the mannerism of those frivolous and thoughtless, having no sense of purpose; instead he would turn his whole body to one who addressed him, showing his complete concern to what he was saying and would turn his whole body away upon finishing. Therefore when he was talking to someone or other such things, he would turn his entire body to him and not just turn his head as this is the manner of the arrogant.

In our day and age, this also applies to to those of us who are always busy on our Blackberries and iPhones, such that when people talk to us, we only glance up at them instead of giving them our full attention.

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