Welcome your guest with a warm, genial greeting IbnAbbas [RA] said, "When the delegation of Abdul-Qais went to the Prophet [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him], he said, "Marhaban [welcome!} to the delegation that has come without disgrace or regret"[Bukhari and Muslim]
Without a doubt, when you welcome your guests with kind and hospitable greetings, you are sure to infuse happiness and a feeling of welcomeness into their breasts.
What should a guest say and do when another person who is not an invitee accompanies him to the place of invitation?
When this happens to you, you should say as the Prophet [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] said in the following Hadeeth. Abu Mas'ood [RA] said:
"There was a man from the Ansar who was called Abu Shu'aib, and he had a servant that was a butcher. Abu Shu'aib said to him, 'Prepare food for me, and I will invite the Messenger of Allaah [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] to be the fifth among a total of five [guests].' He invited the Messenger of Allaah [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] as the fifth among the total of five guests, and when they came, a man followed them.
The prophet [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] said:
"Verily, you have invited us, a total of five guests, and this man has indeed followed us. If you wish, you may give him permission [to enter}; and if you wish you may leave him [i.e. ask him to leave}.' Abu Shu'aib said, 'Rather, I give him permission [to enter and. be my guest]'" [Bukhari and Muslim]
This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited