What is Islam? Have you ever asked this question to yourself? Do you know that Islam is the most beautiful and peaceful way of life? Yes, Islam is not just a mere religion. Rather it is a complete way of life.
From the moment you wake up in the morning to how you go to bed, from family life to politics, from birth to death and funeral and the afterlife, Islam has its own set of rules and ways that a Muslim should follow during his lifetime. Having that said, Islam does not make you feel like a caged bird. It gives you peace and brings harmony to your life. It gives you wings with which you could fly high to conquer Jannah.
But being a struggling Muslim, sometimes it becomes hard for us to follow or adapt to the Islamic lifestyle – especially when you live in a community where you are exposed to a lot of temptations. What we need to understand is, it is not actually ‘hard’ but it’s the lack of practice that sometimes makes things seem hard to follow.
Quran is the ultimate guide to an Islamic lifestyle, and to understand the Quran and how things are done we need to follow the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammed (PBUH). Below are a few things that Prophet did that we could easily imitate and practice in our day – to- day life.
1. Early to bed and early from bed:
- This is something that I believe is hard for our generation to follow, more often we tend to stay up till midnight surfing the internet or watching or reading something online, etc. and then we waste half of the morning sleeping.
- But this is not the Islamic way of life. Prophet (PBUH) has taught us to wake up before Fajr. Offer Tahajud prayer and make a lot of supplication. In fact, it is one of the best times to repent and make dua it is the time when Allah answers your duas. We must try our best to offer tahajud prayer and if you are unable to wake up for tahajud prayer, you must make sure you wake up for Fajr and pray two Rakahs of Sunnah before the Fajr prayer.
The Prophet (PBUH) said, “The two Rak’ah before the dawn (Fajr) prayer are better than this world and all it contains.” (sahih muslim 725)
- There is another Hadith reported by Aisha’(RA): The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, would not sleep before the evening prayer and he would not stay up after it.
- From this, it is understood that Prophet (PBUH) did not stay up after Isha’ prayer. He would soon go to bed after the prayer. In fact, modern science also teaches us that waking up early and going to bed early has a lot of health benefits. So, we must make sure we do our best to follow this practice.
2. Speak less and Speak well
- The Prophet (PBUH) was someone who did not speak unnecessarily. He used to speak less and only when required. And when he spoke he used the best words/terms. He never abused or hurt anyone with his words. He did not use his words as a tool against someone else.
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
The Prophet (PBUH) said, “He who believes in Allah and the Last Day must either speak good or remain silent.” (Muslim)
Ibn ‘Umar (May Allah be pleased with them) reported:
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “Do not indulge in excessive talk except when remembering Allah. Excessive talking without the Remembrance of Allah hardens the heart; and those who are the farthest from Allah are those whose hearts are hard.”[At-Tirmidhi]
- This is one of those things that most of us are unaware/ ignorant of, but it is something of great importance and we need to take care of what we speak. And in the modern times, it is not just tongue, but whatever you texts would also count into this. So we need to be very careful about how we use our words and what we say. May Allah SWT protect us from all the evil.
- Being modest is a part of Islam. Modesty not only counts in the way you dress up, but it is applicable to how you speak, walk, and on your entire lifestyle. Be modest always remember you are what Allah has blessed you with and nothing more than that.
It was narrated from Abu Hurairah that:
The Prophet (ﷺ) said: “Faith has seventy odd branches and modesty (Al-Haya’) is a branch of faith.”
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4. Avoid Wastage
- One of the things that the messenger of Allah disliked the most is wastage – be it food/money/any other resources. In fact, we will all be answerable to Allah SWT on the day of judgment regarding every single penny we spent, every drop of water we wasted and every single piece of food we threw away. So we need to be very careful when spending excess money on unwanted things or when wasting food. We are accountable and answerable for every single thing we do.
- Imam Ahmad (6768) and Ibn Maajah (419) narrated from ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr ibn al-‘Aas (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (blessing and peace of Allah be upon him) passed by Sa‘d when he was doing wudoo’, and he said,
“What is this extravagance, O Sa‘d?” He said: Can there be any extravagance in wudoo’? He said, “Yes, even if you are on the bank of a flowing river.”
“…and do not squander wastefully, surely the squanderers are the followers of the shaitans and the Shaitan is ever ungrateful to his Lord.”(Surah al-‘Isrā’, 17:26-27)
5. Visiting the sick
- This is one of those things all of us should follow. One of the most important Sunnah of the prophet.
‘Ali bin Abu Talib (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:I heard the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) saying,
“When a Muslim visits a sick Muslim at dawn, seventy thousand angels keep on praying for him till dusk. If he visits him in the evening, seventy thousand angels keep on praying for him till the morning; and he will have (his share of) reaped fruits in Jannah.”
- Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:The Messenger of Allah said, “Every Muslim has five rights over another Muslim (i.e., he has to perform five duties for another Muslim): to return the greetings, to visit the sick, to accompany funeral processions, to accept an invitation, to respond to the sneezer [i.e., to say: ‘Yarhamuk-Allah (may Allah bestow His Mercy on you),’ when the sneezer praises Allah].”
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
6. Making intention
- Whenever you are doing something, make a good intention in your heart that you are doing it to please Allah, expecting his rewards. Making intention is very important and the best part is, Allah, rewards you for every single good intention you make and when you do the intended deed he will again reward you for doing it. Subhanallah. Indeed Allah is the most merciful and all-knowing.
It was narrated from Abu Hurairah that the Messenger of Allah said:
“People will be resurrected (and judged) according to their intentions.”
It was narrated from Jabir that the Messenger of Allah said:
“People will be gathered (on the Day of Resurrection) according to their intentions.”
7. Personal hygiene
- Allah’s messenger has said cleanliness is half of faith. From this, we can understand the importance of self-hygiene and keeping our environment clean.
Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said:
“Five practices are of the fitrah (natural disposition): circumcision, shaving the pubic region, clipping the nails and cutting the moustaches short.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
“Truly, God loves those who turn unto Him in repentance and loves those who purify themselves.” (Quran 2:222)
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8. When eating or drinking
- Whenever you are eating or drinking something, make sure to eat with your right hand and say Bismillah and sit down while eating or drinking. Often we tend to forget these rules and drinks or eat while standing. It is such a simple yet highly rewarding act when done with the best intention in your heart. So, we need to make sure to sit down, eat with our right hand and begin with Bismillah.
- And in case if you don’t know here are the sunnahs of drinking water:
- Look into the water before drinking
- Start with bismillah
- Drink with your right hand
- Drink with 3 steps/pausing 3 times while drinking
- Say Alhamdulilah when done
9. Prefer right over left
- No matter what you are doing(every honorable act), do it or begin it with your right side. Be it when wearing your shoes, clothes, while sleeping, eating, giving sadakah or anything – it is sunnah to prefer right over left.
`Aishah, may Allah be pleased with her, quoted the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, as saying: “Whoever eats with his left hand, the Satan eats with him.” (Reported by Imam Ahmad).
- Imam An-Nawawi, may Allah have mercy on him, said:
- “This is a fixed rule in Shari`ah. The right hand has to do with honorable things such as putting on one’s shirt, trousers and shoes, entering the mosque, using Siwak, applying kohl, combing and styling one’s hair, shaving the head, washing oneself in Ghusl (body-washing) and Wudu’ (ablution), leaving the toilet, eating, drinking, shaking hands, touching the Black Stone, and other things where we are encouraged to use the right hand or start with the right.
10. Reciting Surah Kahf on Fridays
This is one of those things every Muslim should practice.
It was narrated that Ibn `Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said: ‘Whoever reads Surat Al-Kahf on the day of Jumu`ah, a light will shine for him from beneath his feet to the clouds of the sky, which will shine for him on the Day of Resurrection, and he will be forgiven (his sins) between the two Fridays.’” (Al-Targheeb wal-Tarheeb 1/298)
These are a few things we must try to practice in our daily lives. Along with this, we should always make supplications, there are so many duas that we need to learn by heart and use in our daily life. Dua while entering the toilet, before going to bed, after waking up, when starting a journey, etc. are a few examples of duas that we need to use in our daily life.
And always remember – Allah is the most merciful and most forgiving. When you feel low, when you feel your faith has decreased, when you don’t feel confident about yourself or your Iman – remember Allah is all knowing and all seeing- turn to him and repent. Make as many supplications as you can. Increase your isthigfar.
May Allah protect us all from hellfire. May Allah accept all our good deeds. Ameen
Written by Masooda Abdul Majeed
PG student and a blogger mom in her mid twenties. A licensed media influencer in UAE, her blog is focused on parenting, Islamic history and life & living in the UAE. In her blog she writes a series of stories taken from Quran #talesfromquran.
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