Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) – A model of excellence: –
Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) – Allah sent the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as the last messenger for the guidance of mankind. He lived an exemplary life and is regarded as the best of human beings ever created. Even his enemies testified about his honesty and truthfulness. He earned the title of Sadiq and Ameen meaning the Truthful and the Honest.
The conduct and teachings of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is called Sunnah. All the teachings and the way prophet Muhammad (PBUH) led his life are recorded for Muslims to take a lesson from. There is no subject or matter regarding which Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) did not leave any teachings for the Muslims. Following are some of the Sunnahs of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) which we can follow in our daily life.
Waking up: –
It is the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to wake up early in the morning. When you get up, you must rub your face with hands to feel fresh and awake. It is Sunnah to say this supplication when you get up: –
Alhamdu Lillahil-Lathee Ahyana BaAAda Ma Amatana Wa-Ilayhin-Nushoor.
Once you get up, perform ablution and do miswak.
Going to sleep: –
It is Sunnah to go to bed early. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) used to sleep after Isha prayer. He used to apply kohl three times in each eye. The doors of the house and your room must be closed. If there is any food leftover it must be covered. Any light or lamp must be extinguished. You must recite Bismillah and perform ablution and dust the bed three times before you go to sleep. Recite this supplication: –
Bismika Rabbi Wada`tu janbi, wa bika arfa’hu. In amsakta nafsi faghfir laha, wa in arsaltaha fahfazha bima tahfaz bihi ‘ibadaka-s-salihin.
It is Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to recite Ayat ul Kursi before sleeping.
Using the toilet: –
It is the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to enter the washroom with left foot. He used to have his head covered and shoes worn when he went to the toilet. It is sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to recite this supplication when entering the washroom: –
Allahumma Innee Aaaoothu Bika Minal-Khubthi Wal-Khaba-ith.
Wearing clothes and shoes: –
It is Sunnah to say Bismillah before every action you do, be it wearing clothes and shoes. When wearing clothes, begin by wearing the right side first and then the left side. While when taking off, first take off the left side and then the right side. Recite the following supplication when wearing clothes.
Alhamdu lillahil-lathee kasanee hatha (aththawb) warazaqaneehi min ghayri hawlin minnee wala quwwah.
Same instructions are for wearing shoes as you must wear the right shoe first and then the left shoe. When taking off shoes, take the left shoe first then the right shoe.
Going to the mosque: –
Muslim brothers are supposed to offer the obligatory prayers in the mosque. Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) used to go early to the mosque. So all Muslim brothers should try to reach the mosque early and pray in the first row. You must enter the mosque with the right foot first and said blessings to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Upon entering the mosque, recite the following supplication: –
allahumma iftah lee abwaba rahmatik.
Listening to Azaan: –
It is Sunnah to repeat the words of azaan after the Moazzin. Upon completion of the call to prayer, recite the following supplication: –
Allaahumma Rabba haathid – da’watit – taammati wassalaatil-qaa’imati, ‘aati Muhammadanil-waseelata walfadheelata, wab ‘ath-hu maqaamam-mahmoodanil-lathee wa’adtahu, ‘innaka laa tukhliful-mee’aad.
Greeting people: –
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) used to greet people with a smile. It is sunnah to say As-salaamu Alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh when you meet people.
These were some of the sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). By acting on the sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) not only do we earn a lot of rewards, but it also ensures that our tasks are done in the best manner.