‘Abdullah ibn Mas`ood reported that the Messenger of Allah said: "Never has a Prophet been sent before me by Allah to his people except that he had, among his people, disciples and companions who followed his way and obeyed his command. Then there came after them their successors who proclaimed what they did not practice, and practiced what they were not commanded to do. (He) who strove against these (people) with his hand was a believer; he who strove against them with his heart was a believer; and he who strove against them with his tongue was a believer; and beyond that there is no grain of faith." [Muslim]
The Companions comprehended this very well and also kept in mind the saying of the Prophet which was reported by Anas : "He who shuns my Sunnah is not from me.” [Al-Bukhari] These sayings made them love the Sunnah of the
The Companions fulfilled their duty and played their expected role in spreading and propagating the Sunnah of the
‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar would sit on his buttocks during the Tashahhud in his prayer, so his son began imitating him; when ‘Abdullaah, may Allah be pleased with him, saw this, he forbade him from doing so and informed him that this was not how the Prophet performed his prayers, so his son said to him: “I saw you praying this way.” His father informed him that his legs were injured from the time of the
‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar did not consider this part of prayer a minor or trivial issue which he could overlook when seeing someone performing it a way other than that of the Prophet's ; compare this to the way some people consider certain acts of the Sunnah to be minor, thereby undermining them.
Taawoos said: “We asked Ibn ‘Abbas about sitting in the position of
This is one of the ways he would sit, while the other and most common practice of his was that he would sit on his left foot and have his right foot raised while having its toes pointing towards the direction of the Qiblah.
These were some examples of how the Companions would propagate the Sunnah of the Prophet and they would also openly forbid those who contradicted the Sunnah, as in the story when Marwan ibn ‘Abdul-Malik delivered the Khutbah of ‘Eed before the prayer, which is directly contrary to the Sunnah, so a man stood up whilst he was delivering the Khutbah and told him that he had opposed the way of the Prophet by doing what he did. Marwaan paid no attention to what the man said, and so Abu Sa’eed said: “This man (i.e., the one who spoke to Marwaan) has fulfilled his duty by informing him of the Sunnah and attempting to forbid him from continuing; I heard the Prophet say: “He who sees an evil must change it with his hands (i.e. physically); if he is unable to, then he must change it with his tongue (i.e. verbally), and if he is unable to, then with his heart (i.e., hating it) - and this is the weakest level of faith.” [At-Tirmithi]
Acts of worship were not the only thing which the Companions learned the ways of the
All the Companions old and young, were keen to adhere to the Sunnah of the Prophet ; it was never reported from a single one of them that they said about any part of it: “This is only a Sunnah and is not mandatory… this is only recommended and not obligatory… this is a minor issue and not a major one, and we should not waste our time in it… this is a trivial matter” quite unlike what many people say nowadays about the Sunnah, thereby giving it a low ranking in their list of importance. Instead, the Companions would apply anything that came to them from the
Is it not time for us to apply the Sunnah in our practices and actions, our families, the way we dress, our children, our homes, our prayers and all other affairs?