The Lost Sunnah!

Sunnah Reloaded

What is Sunnah?

“Anything narrated from or about the Prophet either before or after he became a prophet, of his statements, actions, confirmations, biography, and his physical character and attributes is called Sunnah.”

{Nor does he speak from [his own] inclination. It is not but a revelation revealed.}

[Quran 53:3-4]

Importance of following the Sunnah.

Muslim scholars are in complete agreement that if a person refuses to accept the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and obey it as an integral part of the religion (Islam), a revelation from Allah Almighty that is a Divine source of Islam and an explanation of the Quran, and a perfect example for all mankind to follow, then he is an apostate or a Disbeliever.

Imam Ibn Hazm said: “If a person says, ‘I only accept what I find in the

Quran’, he becomes a disbeliever according to the consensus of Muslims.”

Following the Sunnah is part of loving the Prophet, so when we say we love the

Prophet, we should follow his ways and practice his teachings.

Say, ‘Obey Allah and the Messenger.’ But if they turn away – then indeed, Allah does

not like the disbelievers.} [Quran 3:32] and {O you who have believed, obey Allah

and obey the Messenger and those in authority among you. And if you disagree over

anything, refer it to Allah and the Messenger, if you should believe in Allah and the

Last Day. That is the best [way] and best in result.} [Quran 4:59]

 

What is Sunan-Al-Mahjura?

It basically means the Sunan that are forgotten or are seldom or rarely practiced.

There are many practices of the Prophet – Peace be upon him- that we have neglected and forgotten, and no longer include them in our daily lives. These simple small acts carry great reward.

Some of the most common forgotten Sunnah are:

  1. Getting wet in the rain.

Anas-May Allah be pleased with him-said: It rained upon us as we were with the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ). The Messenger of Allah (way peace be upon him) removed his cloth (from a part of his body) till the rain fell on it. We said: Messenger of Allah, why did you do this? He said: It is because it (the rainfall) has just come from the Exalted Lord. (Muslim)

 

  1. Using the miswak before every prayer.

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) has said: “Were it not that I would be overburdening my community I would have ordered them to use a tooth-stick.” (Mawatah Malik)

 

  1. Doing a lot of istighfar.

Ibn Umar-May Allah be pleased with him said: We counted Messenger’s saying a hundred times during one single sitting:

“My Rubb! Forgive me and pardon me. Indeed, You are the Oft-Returning with compassion and Ever Merciful.” (Abu Dawood and Trimidhi)

 

  1. Doing cupping (hijama)

On the authority of Anas bin Malik-May Allah be pleased with him-said that the Prophet (ﷺ) said: The best treatment which you get is cupping. (Muslim)

 

  1. Dua while wearing a new dress

When Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) wore a new garment, he would name it. For instance, a turban or shirt or cloak and would supplicate:

“O Allah, all the praise is for You that You have given it to me to put on. I ask You its goodness and the goodness of the purpose for which it was made, and I seek Your Protection from its evil and the evil of the purpose for which it was made.”
[Abu Dawud and At-Tirmidhi].

 

  1. Praying Tahajjud prayer even if it’s just 10 verses.

The Prophet (ﷺ) said: If anyone prays at night reciting regularly ten verses, he will not be recorded among the negligent; if anyone prays at night and recites a hundred verses, he will be recorded among those who are obedient to Allah; and if anyone prays at night reciting one thousand verses, he will be recorded among those who receive huge rewards.

(Abu Dawood)

 

  1. Praying 2 ra’kats of forgiveness after committing a sin.

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: ‘There is no man who commits a sin then he performs ablution and does it well, then he prays two Rak’ah,’ (one of the narrators) Mis’ar said: ‘then performs prayer and seeks the forgiveness of Allah, but Allah will forgive him.’ (Ibn Majah)

 

  1. Prostration of gratitude.

Al-Baqawi has said in the explaintion of Sunnah: Prostration of gratitude is from the Sunnah when someone is blessed with something he desired or is saved from a thing he disliked.

 

  1. Saying Kafaratul Majlis after every gathering

Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “Whoever sits in a gathering and indulges in useless talk and before getting up supplicates:

(O Allah, You are free from every imperfection; praise be to You. I testify that there is no true god except You; I ask Your Pardon and turn to You in repentance),

he will be forgiven (for the sins he may have intentionally or unintentionally committed) in that assembly.”
[At-Tirmidhi].

 

  1. Writing a will.

“It is not right for a Muslim who has anything concerning which a will should be made, to abide for more than three nights without having a written will with him.” ( An Nisai)

 

We as Muslims should strive hard and try our best to follow these Sunan and many more which we have abandoned.

Imam Malik, one of the greatest Islam scholars, compared the Sunnah of the prophet to the ark of Noah and said: The Sunnah of the Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) is like the Ark of Noah. Whoever embarks upon it reaches salvation and whoever refuses is drowned.”

 

-The Hidden Prestige team

 

 

 

 

 

 

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19 thoughts on “The Lost Sunnah!

  1. We are fools and will remain as fools

    We are not concerned with this world,
    We are fools and will remain as fools,
    Our only job is to incite internal strife,
    For that, we always search new tools.

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  2. O you who believe! Be upholders of justice, bearing witness for Allah alone, even against yourselves or your parents and relatives. Whether they are rich or poor, Allah is well able to look after them. Do not follow your own desires and deviate from the truth. If you twist or turn away, Allah is aware of what you do. (Surat an-Nisa’: 135)

    Allah also reminds people not to sacrifice truth and honesty in moments of anger:

    O you who believe! Show integrity for the sake of Allah, bearing witness with justice. Do not let hatred for a people incite you into not being just. Be just. That is closer to heedfulness. Have fear of Allah. Allah is aware of what you do. (Surat al-Ma’ida: 8)

    Holy Qur’an

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  3. This was such an encouraging and beautiful post.
    But, I just have one doubt with the definition of Sunnah. Its not at all to bother you. It’s just that ‘anything’ seemed inappropriate to me as there are a few Sunnah which were only meant to be solely for the Prophet. Example- Like having seven wives at one time.
    I am not knowledgeable and if I have said anything wrong then kindly forgive me for Allah’s sake.
    You people are doing fantastic job to reveal and bring to us the truth and reality of practicing Islam. I have nothing against you.
    It’s just a doubt.
    As’salamu_alaikum

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    • I am sorry I couldn’t reply well last time. It was night and I was tired learning for my exam…
      You don’t have to ask for forgiveness at all…
      Its good to clarify doubts you know especially when it comes to religion.
      You are right when you say that some practices of the prophet peace be upon him are not for us to practice but as long as they are a part of his life and actions we call them sunnah.
      Simple as that ☺
      I really hope I got the message across.
      Be sure to ask us anything else you feel confused about.
      We would be glad to help you out.

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  4. You don’t have to ask for forgiveness at all…
    Its good to clarify doubts you know especially when it comes to religion.
    You are right when you say that some practices of the prophet peace be upon him are not for us to practice but as long as they are a part of his life and actions we call them sunnah.
    Simple as that 🙂

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