Al-Muhaddith Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah’s (hafizahullah) son; Shaykh Muhyuddin writes about his father:
‘I cannot remember my father ever talking on the phone whilst sitting when he spoke to his teacher; Shaykh ‘Abdul Fattah Abu Ghuddah (rahimahullah).
Despite the many phone calls they shared, he always stood [out of respect] for his teacher.
To the extent that as children, whenever we saw our father standing and talking on the phone, we knew he was taking to his esteemed teacher; Shaykh ‘Abdul Fattah Abu Ghuddah (rahimahullah).
(Refer: Safahat Mudiah min Hayati Sayyidil Walid, pg.80)
Subhanallah! What sublime etiquette. Allah Ta’ala inspires the sincere ones with such noble forms of respect.
Respect for ones teacher or senior is not restricted to their presence. Rather even in their absence they deserve our utmost respect.
Respect for ones teachers and seniors is an inherent quality of the pious. The following is a famous statement among the ‘Ulama:
ما فاز من فاز إلا بالأدب
وما سقط من سقط إلا بسوء الأدب
All those who had good manners succeeded.
Whilst those who had bad manners were surely failures.
May Allah Ta’ala bless us with true love and respect for our Seniors.