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f:271 -    Shariah method of ringing doorbell
Country : India,
Name : Abdullah
Question:     Friends and relatives come to the house and announce their arrival by ringing the door bell.  However, they do not wait for someone to come and keep ringing the door bell.  Please tell the method for doing this in the light of the Shariah.

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Answer:     Islam guides us in all aspects of life and assures peace and comfort in every phase of life.  The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said:

Translation:  A Muslim is the one from whose tongue and hands (actions) other Muslims are safe.  (Sahih Bukhari, Hadith No: 10)

Islam's social rules have peace for everyone.  Thus, when someone goes to meet someone else, the rule is that the person should greet the other person with Salaam and then take permission to enter the house.  

Allah Most High says:

O believers! Do not enter houses other than your own until you obtain their permission. And greet their residents (immediately after you enter). This (advice) is better for you so that you may contemplate (its rationale).  Then, if you do not find anyone in these (houses), do not enter them until you are granted permission (for that). And if it is said to you: ‘Go back,’ then do go back. That is purer for you, and Allah is Well Aware of what you do. Surah Noor (24: 27, 28)

In Radd Ul Muhtaar, the method of knocking is mentioned like this that if a person goes to someone's house, then that person should ask for permission 3 times:

Translation: Peace be with you o people of the house! Can so and so a person enter?

If permission is being asked for with a doorbell, even then the bell should be rung 3 times and each time the person should wait for so long that a person who is eating, who is making Wuzu and one who is offering 4 Raka'at of Salaat can finish what they are doing.  If that person is granted permission, then he may enter or should return and should not bear any ill feeling or enmity against them.  As given in Radd Ul Muhtaar, Vol. 5, Pg No. 293.

And Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala) knows best.

Mufti Syed Ziauddin Naqshbandi Qadri,

[Professor, Islamic Law, Jamia Nizamia,
Founder-Director Abul Hasanaat Islamic Research Center]

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