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Ten Sunnats for us to Bring Alive this Year

The rewards of practicing sunnah of Rasulullah [Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam] is so abundant, one just cannot imagine the rewards Allah Ta’ala has kept in store for the one who adheres strictly to the sunnah.

The greatest reward one will receive for adopting the sunnah practices of Rasulullah [Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam] is that we will acquire the love of Allah Ta’ala and He will forgive our sins.

Listed hereunder are 10 easy sunnats with the rewards mentioned in the Hadith for us to bring alive this year. 

May Allah Ta’ala allow us all to live in accordance with the sunnah of our beloved Rasulullah [Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam].

Valentines Day

 

The one who imitates a nation is from among them” (Hadith)

The “celebration of love”, which is celebrated on February 14 each year, was invented by the Romans more than 1700 years ago. The Romans, at that time, were idol-worshipers. They killed one of their own people, Saint Valentine, because he became a Christian. Later on, when they became Christians, they made the day of his execution an occasion to celebrate those who were killed for the sake of love. Today people still celebrate this festival to show their love for each other.

Participating in this festival is totally un-Islamic. Unfortunately Muslims also participate in these un-Islamic celebrations. These customs have passed on to us Muslims because of our mixing freely with the non-Muslims.

Allah Ta’ala has given Muslims the days of Eid to celebrate. We should confine ourselves to these days of celebration and not celebrate with the Non-Muslims.

Valentine's Day is a Christian Celebration. We, as Muslims should not involve ourselves with the customs of Valentine's Day, like sending cards, presents, roses, etc, because we will be imitating the Christians. This is what Shaytaan wants from us. He wants us to follow the Kuffaar and stay away from following Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam).

Sixth Rule: Ta’leem (Learning and Teaching) & Ibaadah (Worship)


Ta'leem

A Muslim home should never be void of the remembrance of Allah Ta’ala at any time. Learning, teaching and engaging in the Ibaadah (worship) of Allah Ta’ala should be an integral part of every Muslim home. In the days of the Sahaabah it was common among them that they would make their homes into places of learning Deen. Sayyidinah Umar Ibn Khattaab (Radiyallahu Anhu) was inspired to accept Islaam because of the same reason. When he visited the home of his sister Faatima, she and her husband, Saeed bin Zaid (Radiyallahu Anhuma), were learning the Qur'an from Hadhrat Khabbaab (Radiyallahu Anhu).

In Madinah Munawwarah, Hadhrat Umar Farooq (Radiyallahu Anhu) had lived some distance away from the Masjidun Nabawi. On account of the distance, he could not be present in the masjid all the time. He then arranged with one of his neighbours that they both would take turns to go to Masjidun Nabawi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) on alternate days. Hence on the day that he attended the Musjid, he would go to the home of his companion and teach him what he had learnt from Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam). His companion would also do the same. In this manner they would remain fully informed of the teachings of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam).

Fifth Rule: (Isti'zaan) Seeking Permission before entering the Home

 

A home is a place where one finds peace. Allah Ta’ala Himself declares in the Holy Qur’aan that He has created homes for us to acquire peace and comfort. One can only enjoy this peace and comfort if one is safe from unnecessary interferences and disturbances. Islaam has taught us a very important etiquette in this regard which is called Isti’zaan (to seek permission before entering a home). Allah Ta’ala says in the Holy Qur’aan:

O! You who Believe Let your slaves and your children first ask your permission (before they come to you in your privacy) on three occasions: before the Fajar Salaah; while you remove your extra clothing for the mid day heat; and after the Esha Salaah.

 

Wisdom of seeking permission

Seeking permission eliminates the possibility of obscenity and immorality. If one enters someone’s home without seeking permission, it is possible that one may see the women of the house which may lead to haraam or forbidden situations. Furthermore, one may be engaged in intimate or personal activities which require privacy. If someone enters unannounced, one will be deprived of privacy.

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