Sunnah is called everything done, said or approved by the last and final Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh). Being a Muslim it is our inviolable duty to follow the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh). Allah (SWT) ordered mankind to follow the Sunnahs of Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh). There many verses of holy Qur’an indicate that following Muhammad (Pbuh) is obligatory. Allah (SWT) says: “(O Muhammad), Say, if you should love Allah, then follow me, (so) Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful." (Sura ale Imran: Ayat 31). This Ayat (verse) says that if a Muslim really loves Allah, then he has to follow the Prophet (Pbuh). According to another Ayat, whoever follows the Sunnah of Muhammad (Pbuh) also follows Allah. Allah (SWT) says, "Whoever obeys the Messenger, has obeyed Allah, and whoever turns back, so We have not sent you as a keeper over them." (Sura Nisa: Ayat: 80).
Allah (SWT) warned Muslims not to go against the Sunnah of Prophet (Pbuh). According to a Qur’anic revelation, whoever disobeys the Prophet he will be doomed to eternal Hell. Allah (SWT) says: “. . . And let those who oppose the Messenger’s commandment beware, lest some fitnah (trial, affliction) befall them or a painful torment be inflicted on them.” (Sura Nur: Ayat 63). One who doesn’t follow the Sunnahs of Muhammad (Pbuh) he will never enter Paradise. The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said, “All my Ummah will enter Paradise except him who refuses to. The companions said, ‘Who will refuse to, O Messenger of Allah?’ He said, ‘Whoever obeys (follows) him will enter Paradise and whoever disobeys me has refused to enter Paradise.’” (Sahih Bukhari).I would like to describe two important Sunnahs of our beloved prophet (Pbuh).
1. Speaking good or keeping silent: Speaking good that brings about benefit to others or speaking the truth is an important part of Islamic life. Allah (SWT) says, “O you who believe! Fear Allah and speak a word that is right. He will set right for you your deeds and forgive your sins. And whoever obeys Allah and His Messenger has certainly attained a great achievement.” (Sura Al Ahzab: Ayat 70-71). The Messenger of Allah (Pbuh) encouraged Muslims to speak what is good and beneficial and warned them to be careful in what is harmful or false. Speaking good or keeping silent is one of the signs of faith. Abu Hurayra (Ra) narrated that the Prophet (Pbuh) 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). If a Mulsim has nothing good to say he should remain quiet. Because, silence is also an act of worship that will be heavy on the scale, as if anyone remains silent he will save himself from falling into a sin. Anas (Ra) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (Phuh) said, “Wisdom consists in keeping silent, and those who practice it are few.” (Bukhari).
2. Sleeping and waking up early: Sleep is a great sign of Allah in this universe, as Allah says, “And among His signs is your sleep by night and by day, and your seeking of His bounty. Verily, in that are indeed signs for a man who listens” (Sura Room: Ayat 23). Sleeping pattern plays an important role in our ability to function effectively during a day. It is also a way to prepare oneself to continue his daily activities. Allah says, “And We have made your sleep for repose. And We have made the night as a covering (through its darkness)” (Sura Naba: Ayat 9-10). Going to sleep early is a great Sunnah of our beloved Prophet (Pbuh). Aisha (Ra) reported about Prophet Muhammad (Pbh) that: “He (SAW) used to sleep early at night, and get up in its last part to pray, and then return to his bed.” (Sahih Bukhari). Meeting with friends and family after Esha prayer is discouraged in Islam. The Prophet (Pbuh) said, “One should not sleep before the night prayer, nor have discussions after it.” (Sahih Bukhari).
The writer is a national award winner Qari and Khatib of Baitush Shafiq Mosque (near National University), Gazipur.