This article was first published by Jamiatul Ulama KZN.
Rasoolullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: “Whoever revives my Sunnah loves me. And whoever loves me, shall be with me in Paradise.” [Sunan Tirmidhi]
Every Sunnah is most important in our life as lovers of Rasoolullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam. Not only for our personal gain but out of love for our beloved Prophet Sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam, we should try to live our life by the Sunnah as much as possible.
Below are 5 Sunnahs of Rasoolullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam that we should aim to revive, InshaAllah.
Our sleeping pattern plays a great role in our ability to function effectively during the day. Starting the day off by praying the morning Salah sets you in the right frame of mind to be the best you can be throughout the day. However, in order to rise in the early hours it is imperative to sleep early as your body requires an adequate amount of rest.
Aisha (may Allāh be pleased with her) said about the Prophet Sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him): “He used to sleep early at night, and get up in its last part to pray, and then return to his bed.” [Sahih Bukhari]
Ibn Jaz reports: “I have not seen anyone who smiled more than the Messenger of Allah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him).” [Sunan Tirmidhi]
Smiling is a simple, inexpensive act that helps lift your mood and make you feel more grateful and content since our Prophet Sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) was seen frequently doing it. So, let’s follow along this great sunnah.
Abdur-Rahman bin Abu ‘Atiq said: “My father told me: ‘I heard ‘Aishah say, (narrating) from the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him): “Siwak is a means of purification for the mouth and is pleasing to the Lord.” [Sunan an-Nasa’i]
Siwak comes from the Salvadora persica tree and has many anti-bacterial qualities, making it a great way to maintain hygiene of the mouth. It can be said, given how often the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) would have liked us to use the siwak, that there is a big emphasis on maintaining oral hygiene. Siwak is easily purchasable and relatively cheap, making it an easy sunnah to uphold. It keeps the mouth clean and fresh naturally and effortlessly all the time.
Miqdam bin Madikarib said: “I heard the Messenger of Allah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) say: ‘A human being fills no worse vessel than his stomach. It is sufficient for a human being to eat a few mouthfuls to keep his spine straight. But if he must (fill it), then one third of food, one third for drink and one third for air.’” [Ibn Majah]
It is an underestimated fact that food has a dramatic effect on your body’s and brain’s performance. This hadith clearly highlights that overeating is a reprehensible quality we should stay away from. However, it is also important to remember that undereating is equally as harmful to a person. In order to function, we need to have a balanced outlook towards our meals; your level of food consumption should not leave you feeling tired or bloated as this is a state that leads to laziness, which is a vice we seek refuge in Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) from.
The Prophet Sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said: “He who believes in Allah and the Hereafter, if he witnesses any matter he should talk in good terms about it or keep quiet.” [Sahih Muslim]
Allah SWT knows best.
Let us follow the advice of our beloved Prophet and may Allah give us ease and guidance to perform our ibadah and forgive our sins. In Shaa Allah.