10 Important Sunnah that we should seriously follow

Islam for Beginners Contributor

The word ‘Sunnah’ is used to demonstrate the life and teachings of the Prophet.

Sunnah is the ultimate guide for people to lead a productive and successful life. When learning about the Prophet we may find hundreds or even thousands of stories, attributes, and habits that are beneficial for our lives if implemented.

In this article, we will discuss 10 important Sunnah of the Prophet that we must aim to follow.

1. Sunnah of sleeping and waking up early

The time after Fajr is among the most blessed time of the day. Starting the day by praying the Fajr prayer gives you Barakah and sets you in the right frame of mind.

However, in order to rise before Fajr, it is compulsory to sleep at night as early as possible. Because your body requires an adequate amount of rest after a busy day.

Ayesha (R) said about the Prophet (SAW):

“He used to sleep early at night, and get up in its last part and pray. And then before Adhan of Fajr he used to return to his bed for a short time (but didn’t sleep).” (Bukhari)

2. Sunnah of having a pleasant smile always

Ibn Jad narrated that, “I haven’t seen anyone smiling more beautifully than the Prophet Muhammad (SAW).”(Tirmidhi)

This characteristic is highly contagious and plays a massive role in building relationships with people around us.

Since our beloved Prophet was seen frequently doing it, there is even more reason to smile!

3. Using the siwak

The Prophet (SAW) said:

“If it were not that it would be difficult for my Ummah, then I would have ordered them to use the siwak for each prayer.” (Tirmidhi)

This hadith indicates the view of our beloved Prophet towards the siwak.

Siwak has many antibacterial qualities. It also makes a great way to maintain the hygiene of the mouth. It keeps the mouth fresh and clean naturally and make the teeth strong.

4. Oiling hair

The act of oiling hair is among those Sunnah which many of us do not recognize to be a part of the Sunnah. Our beloved prophet regularly used oil on his hair, kept it clean, and combed it.

Oiling hair on a regular basis prevents hair loss, promotes strong and glazing hair by strengthening hair protein.

5. Maintaining the 1/3rd rule in eating

The Prophet (SAW) said:

“A person fills no worse vessel than his stomach. It is sufficient for a human to eat a few mouthfuls to keep his spine straight. But if he want to fill it, then 1/3 of food, 1/3 for drink, and 1/3 for air.” (Ibn Majah)

This hadith clearly highlights that overeating is a blameful quality and we should stay away from it.

6. Speaking good or keeping silent

The Prophet (SAW) said:

“The person who believes in Allah and the Hereafter, if he witnesses any matter he should speak in good terms about it or keep quiet.” (Muslim)

The beauty of this particular Sunnah is that it will help us to save time.

The time could be well spent on something beneficial. Such as reading Quran or doing vital tasks or only speaking things that benefit ourselves in this world and Hereafter.

7. Visiting the sick

The Prophet (SAW) said:

“Feed the hungry, visit the sick, and set free the captive slaves.”(Bukhari)

Visiting and spending time with the sick has two major benefits. You show love towards another and instantly tightening the bonds of kinship or friendship.

So, if you hear of someone ill, try to practice this forgotten Sunnah. Make the effort to be physically present and comfort the sick.

8. Sitting when eating/drinking

“The Prophet (SAW) prohibited that a man should drink while standing.” So, it was said: “And eating?” He said: “That is worse.”

Sitting when eating mindfully slows a person in his eating habits, reducing the amount he is likely to swallow and the unhealthy speed at which he does so.

Importantly, eating together with your family, which requires you to sit, is a crucial way to strengthen the relationship.

9. Sleeping on your right side

“When the Prophet went to bed, he used to sleep on his right side.” (Bukhari)

One of the main points to consider when a person wants to have a productive day is to look at how he goes to sleep.

The Prophet (SAW) was most successful in how he spent his days; the way in which he took to his sleep played a role in helping him to be our leader and our guide.

Following his footsteps is the key to unlocking a blessed morning.

10. Saying Salam/Bismillah before entering a house

The Prophet (SAW) said:

“If a person says ‘Bismillah’ when entering his house or eating, Satan says, to his followers: ‘You will find nowhere to spend the night and no dinner.’

But if he enters without saying ‘Bismillah’, Satan says, ‘You have found (a place) to spend the night.’ And if he does not say ‘Bismillah’ at the time of eating, Satan says, ‘You have found a place to spend the night as well as dinner.’” (Muslim)

None of us wants Satan to enter our homes; we are aware of the distractions he creates to lead us to our destruction.

Satan dislikes productivity and success; his ultimate goal is to see us fail in our journey with Allah.

Take all the measures, as given in the Sunnah, against Satan because he will squeeze into whatever gap is visible to him. Never let the enemy win!

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