Loving and glorifying the Sunnah – III

Loving and glorifying the Sunnah – III
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‘Abdullah ibn Mas`ood  may  Allah  be  pleased  with  him reported that the Messenger of Allah  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) 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  may  Allah  be  pleased  with  them comprehended this very well and also kept in mind the saying of the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) which was reported by Anas  may  Allah  be  pleased  with  him: "He who shuns my Sunnah is not from me.” [Al-Bukhari] These sayings made them love the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam and spread and propagate it amongst their successors.

 

The Companions  may  Allah  be  pleased  with  them fulfilled their duty and played their expected role in spreading and propagating the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam; they taught it to others with sincerity and advised those who shunned it to adhere to it, warning them against their actions. Huthayfah  may  Allah  be  pleased  with  him once saw a man rushing during his prayer and failing to be tranquil in his bowings and prostrations; so he said to him: “You did not pray! Had you died in that state then you would have died upon other than the way of Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ).” [Al-Bukhari] He was bringing his attention to the fact that being tranquil and submissive during prayers was how the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) would perform them.

 

‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar  may  Allah  be  pleased  with  him 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  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) 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 Battle of Khaybar, and that he could not therefore adhere to the Sunnah in this position of prayer. [Al-Bukhari]

 

‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar  may  Allah  be  pleased  with  him 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  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ); compare this to the way some people consider certain acts of the Sunnah to be minor, thereby undermining them.

 

Taawoos  may  Allah  have  mercy  upon  him said: “We asked Ibn ‘Abbas  may  Allah  be  pleased  with  him about sitting in the position of Iq’aa’ between the two prostrations (which is to sit with one’s buttocks on his heels while bending his toes and directing them towards the Qiblah). He informed them that it was the Sunnah, but they remarked: `We do not see it befitting a man to sit in such a manner.` But he repeated and emphasised to them the fact that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) would sit this way.” [Muslim]

 

This is one of the ways he  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) 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  may  Allah  be  pleased  with  them would propagate the Sunnah of the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) 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  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) by doing what he did. Marwaan paid no attention to what the man said, and so Abu Sa’eed  may  Allah  be  pleased  with  him 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  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) 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  may  Allah  be  pleased  with  them learned the ways of the Prophet sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam - he even taught them their manners. Anas  may  Allah  be  pleased  with  him said: “Once the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) came to our house and asked for something to drink, so we milked a sheep for him and I gave him the milk to drink while Abu Bakr, ‘Umar and other senior companions  may  Allah  be  pleased  with  them were sitting to his left, and a Bedouin was sitting to his right. When he  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) finished drinking, ‘Umar  may  Allah  be  pleased  with  him said: `O Messenger of Allah! Abu Bakr is to your left` in an attempt to bring that to his attention, but he  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) turned to the Bedouin and handed him the container to drink from, saying: “It is the right of those to your right, It is the right of those to your right, It is the right of those to your right.” [Muslim]

 

All the Companions  may  Allah  be  pleased  with  them old and young, were keen to adhere to the Sunnah of the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ); 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  may  Allah  be  pleased  with  them would apply anything that came to them from the Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, and would practice it fully and very precisely. Even in matters that were related to man’s natural disposition, such as growing the beard, using the Siwaak (a special twig that is used as a toothbrush) and so on.

 

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?

 Loving and glorifying the Sunnah – I

Loving and glorifying the Sunnah – II

 

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