5 Ways to Follow the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him)

Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) is the greatest benefactor of humanity and a light source for humankind. His (PBUH) arrival pulled the people of Arabia out of the darkness and showed them light. Of course, the best way to express your love for Muhammad (PBUH) is to send salutations to him. As Allah (SWT) says in the Quran:

“Indeed, Allah confers blessing upon the Prophet, and His angels [ask Him to do so]. O you who have believed, ask [ Allah to confer] blessing upon him and ask [ Allah to grant him] peace.” (Surah Al-Ahzab 33:56)

However, merely sending peace on him (PBUH) without making any other efforts is not enough. It is essential for the Muslims, living in today’s chaotic world, to revive the lifestyle taught by our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

As Anas Bin Malik narrates:

“The Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) said to me: ‘Whoever revives my Sunnah then he has loved me. And whoever loved me, he shall be with me in Paradise.'” (Tirmidhi: 2678)

But before we jump to discuss how we can adopt a Sunnah lifestyle, it is vital to shed some light on the link between the Quran and Sunnah.

The Connection between Quran and Sunnah

The relation between the Quran and Sunnah is such that the latter is the clarification of the former. The Sunnah explains and sheds light on the laws or regulations mentioned in the Quran. Some things are briefly mentioned in the Quran, and we need the guidance of Sunnah to clarify the deeper issues related to those.

A good example is the Salah. The Quran orders Muslims to pray, but it does not mention how many times they are supposed to do so. This is when the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) guides us through the way.

When focusing on the aspect of Sunnah, one should make sure that they are proficient in the Quranic studies too. Studying the Quran and Sunnah courses simultaneously would offer tremendous help to make things easier for driven Muslims. You can take Online Quran Classes where the tutors use Skype or any other platform to deliver authentic information regarding the Quran and Sunnah.

The key is to make efforts. If you strive for the sake of Allah (SWT), He will surely ease the matters of this Dunya for you. As He (SWT) says in the Quran:

“And obey Allah and obey the messenger; but if you turn away, then upon Our Messenger is only [the duty of] clear notification.” (At-Taghabun 64:12)

Thus, if you want your character to be like the one preferred by the Quran and the Holy Prophet (PBUH), you need to study the Sunnah. It can be a challenge to follow the Sunnah in this age of modernism and technology. Nonetheless, Muslims should make a constant effort to stay adrift in the Divine waters.

5 Ways to Follow the Sunnah

Here are five ways to help you follow the Sunnah:

  1. Look for Authentic Information

One of the biggest fitnah of our age is the existence of false information. We heavily rely on the facts that we learn from online platforms without rectifying them from a scholar or a credible tutor.

As Muslims, it is crucial to make sure that the places you collect information about Sunnah are verified. You can study the books of Ahadith and Seerah that are certified. Or you can also ask for information from your online Quran tutor, who would guide you on how to filter the accurate information from a pool of incorrect knowledge.

  1. Obey Every Sunnah

Besides some Sunnahs that are gender or time-specific, there are many general Sunnahs that we can implement in our lives. Once you have heard about a Sunnah from a credible resource, you must work towards its implementation.

There should be no excuses or arguments from our side. Allah (SWT) beautifully defines the character of His obedient servants in the following verse:

“The Messenger has believed in what was revealed to him from his Lord, and [so have] the believers. All of them have believed in Allah and His angels and His books and His messengers, [saying], “We make no distinction between any of His messengers.” And they say, “We hear and we obey. [We seek] Your forgiveness, our Lord, and to You is the [final] destination.” (2:285)

  1. Learn About the Companions

After Muhammad (PBUH), his Companions are the most significant source of inspiration for us. We must learn about these superheroes and understand how they managed to follow the Sunnah despite living with limited resources. They didn’t have access to technology and luxuries like we have today. Yet they posed an uncanny resemblance to the lifestyle of our beloved Prophet (PBUH).

  1. Keep Good Company

Keeping good company is crucial to ensure that we stay on the track determined for us by Our Lord (SWT). Having righteous friends will keep reminding us that we have a higher authority to give our accounts to. The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) also emphasizes upon the importance of having good friends. He (PBUH) says:

“Man is on the religion of his friend, so let every one of you examine whom he befriends.” (Tirmidhi)

  1. Seek Reward from Allah (SWT)

As mentioned earlier, we will face some severe challenges when trying to follow a Sunnah lifestyle. People might humiliate us or make it difficult for us to travel this path. In these dark times, we have to remember that our reward awaits with our Lord. These people do not have any power to give us respect or demean us in front of society.

Make sure that you do everything for Allah (SWT). Having intentions to please people or flaunting your righteousness will push all your efforts down the drain. May Allah (SWT) grant us the company of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and his Companions in the Hereafter. Aameen!

The Prophet (PBUH) Love for Kids

Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him) – an Infinite Source of Light!

He was a man who would never curse even his deadly enemies. He has set an example of a character you can never find in the entire history of humanity.

And when it comes to his treatment towards children, one only expects kindness, gentleness, and unconditional love. Indeed, Muhammad (PBUH) was ultimately loving towards kids. Be it, children, from his family or friends, it made no difference to him.

For example:

  • Whenever children came towards him, he used to pick them up in his arms and caress them with love
  • At times, he used to put his tongue out playfully, and the kid near him would become excited
  • He used to stroke their heads and made loving prayers for them
  • When he used to lie down, he made the child sit on his chest or his feet

Apart from this general behavior, we find numerous examples in his life when he had been exceptionally kind towards children. Some of these incidents are listed below:

Interaction with the Bedouins

In many of his teachings, Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him) emphasized the importance of teaching children with kindness and compassion.

Hazrat Aisha (RA) reports that “Some Bedouin people came to the Prophet (Peace be Upon Him) and said: ‘Do you kiss your children?’ He said: ‘Yes.’ [The Bedouin] said: ‘But we, by Allah, never kiss (our children).’ The Prophet (Peace be Upon Him) said: ‘What can I do if Allah has taken away mercy from you?’”

  • Sunan ibn Majah

Treatment to the Slave Kid – Anas bin Malik (RA)

Slavery, at that time, was quite common in the Arabian society. Our beloved Prophet (Peace be Upon Him) has Anas bin Malik (RA) as his servant for ten years. He was the personal servant of Muhammad (PBUH) and served him till his death.

The devoted companion later stated that “I served the Prophet (Peace be Upon Him) at Medina for ten years. I was a boy. Every work that I did was not according to the desire of my master, but he never said to me: Uff, nor did he say to me: Why did you do this? or Why did you not do this?”

  • Sunan Abi Dawud

Reflection:  How do we treat our house help or those inferior to us? How do we react when they make a mistake?

Praised the Kids

Kids, like adults, also have sensitive self-esteem. They do not like it when someone insults or ridicules them in front of everyone. On the contrary, they love it when adults praise them and talk good of them.

A companion among the believing women called Umm Khaled narrates an incident happened to her during her childhood she still remembers. She says: “I came to the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) with my father, and I had a yellow dress on me.

The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said “Sanah, Sanah” (Sanah means nice in Ethiopian language), she said “then I went to play with the ring of the Prophet whereupon my father stopped me” then the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said “leave her” then he said to me “Wear out and consume, wear out and consume, wear out and consume (he was supplicating for her to wear more clothes and consume).”

  • Bukhari

Reflection: How often do we praise our kids or children around us? We think there is no point in praising them, so we never do it!

Allowed the Kids to Behave Childishly

There is one other famous incident. The Prophet (Peace be Upon Him) was leading the prayer. He had made the prostration extra long, and only after the prayer was completed did the congregants realize why. His grandson had actually climbed on his back while he was in the prostration and order not to disturb him, the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) waited until he was done to rise from the prostration.

  • Sunan an-Nasa’i

Reflection: What do we do if kids climb on our backs or do not let us pray? We push them away, harshly!

This is an excellent lesson for us. Children may sometimes behave irrationally. They talk about things that do not make any sense. They may make it difficult for you to carry out your routine tasks. However, this certainly doesn’t allow you to be rude towards them or scold them.

Final Thoughts

Those tiny souls will not stay little for long. You must incorporate teachings of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him) in your tarbiyah. And when you begin following the best example, there is very little chance for your children to turn out bad people. Right?

In the end, it is not only your kids or children in your family that should be treated the Muhammad way. It is for every child you interact with! Show them mercy, love, respect, and trust. Insha’Allah, the Almighty will reward you for it. After all, you are following the Sunnah of His Beloved.