A Sunnah a Day, Keeps shaytan at Bay
Ramadan is fast approaching us and I thought it would be a fun idea for us to do a 'Sunnah a Day.' I got this idea after seeing lots of blogs implement the "A good deed a day." mantra and they seemed to have benefited from it a great deal. So I thought, "Hmmm, why not use this during Ramadan?" I was originally going to just do a blog or something for this, but then I thought another thought. A thought that I should put this on ummah so we can all help each other out and I can get some extra ajr
...and so the thread came to be.
On Ummah, we fight a lot, so why not do something to help benefit our brothers and sisters in Islam? It's hard doing something by yourself, but when you have your brothers and sisters by your side motivating you to continue on, well it's quite beautiful actually.
So here's my plan: Each Day, I'll update the first post to include another Sunnah we should do implement and try to perfect during that day. (You'll have to continue doing the other Sunnahs too. Don't let them die, continue watering them so they can flourish inshaa'Allah). The Sunnahs will range from praying Salatul Duha to smiling more. So Big and Small. They won't only come from me also, in case anyone was worried about the ones I'd pick. Since we're working together on this project we should discuss about what Sunnahs we want to accomplish during the month. Then they'll be added to the list as well. Also, share your thoughts on how you did during the day. Was it hard? Was it easy? If it was easy, what are some tips you can give to the brothers and sisters who had a hard time?
Our goal isn't to just be better Ramadan Muslims, no, this project isn't only for Ramadan! I want us to continue this project after Ramadan is done. of course, inshaa'Allah once we start to implement these good acts during the month where Shaytan is locked up, we'll have a solid foundation for the rest of the year.
Anywho, this is just my idea. Even if no one joins in with this, I'm going to make a thread and post how my day went.....prepare to be bored since I'm not that exciting. But if you join, I'd really appreciate it and make du'a for you.
- Day 29 + Eid: Celebrating a month of fasting with more fasting
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) explained this when he said: "Whoever fasts for six days after ('Eid) al-Fitr has completed the year: (whoever does a good deed (hasanah) will have ten hasanah like it)." According to another report: "Allah has made for each hasanah ten like it, so a month is like fasting ten months, and fasting six days completes the year." [An-Nisa'i and Ibn Majah. See also Sahih at-Targhib wa't-Tarhib, 1/421). It was also narrated by Ibn Khuzaymah with the wording: "Fasting for the month of Ramadhan brings the reward of ten like it, and fasting for six days brings the reward of two months, and that is the fasting of the whole year."
Ramadan is now over, but that doesn't mean fasting can't continue. We're currently in Shawwal, so fast 6 days for that extra blessing. If you are sister, you'll have to make up your period days first then fast Shawwal. Same if you were sick or traveling during Ramadan. But once you make up your fasts, you can celebrate by fasting some more! Woot!
- Day 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 & 28: The forums have been down for awhile
"I only complain of my distraction and anguish to Allah." (Yusuf 12:86).
"And (remember) Ayyub (Job), when he cried to his Lord, 'Truly distress has seized me. (al-Anbiya 21:83).
Today, is another sunnah from the other Prophets, though our beloved Prophet (SAW) also did the same thing. Sometimes, we don't have people to talk to or complain to. If something happens, we can tell others but after awhile they'll tell us to get over it. But why do we rush to others to complain? Why not go straight to Allah instead?
People can fail you, but Allah has always got your back. I mean, when you start to really see things, you notice how much Allah tries to get you back on track. I think if you're ever down on eeman, which happens to everyone, then this is something that really helps booast it back up. If it doesn't, then complain/talk to Allah about it. Remember when the Prophet (SAW) went to Ta'if and was chased out, he said this and it's something we should all say in times of hardships.
"O Allah! I complain to You of my weakness, my scarcity of resources and the humiliation I have been subjected to by the people. O Most Merciful of those who are merciful. O Lord of the weak and my Lord too. To whom have you entrusted me? To a distant person who receives me with hostility? Or to an enemy to whom you have granted authority over my affair?
So long as You are not angry with me, I do not care. Your favor is of a more expansive relief to me. I seek refuge in the light of Your Face by which all darkness is dispelled and every affair of this world and the next is set right, lest Your anger or Your displeasure descends upon me. I desire Your pleasure and satisfaction until You are pleased. There is no power and no might except by You." [source]
SubhanAllah. Let's all try to get our relationship with Allah back in check. Even if you accomplished nothing during this Ramadan, know that the fact that you are aware of this is a blessing from Allah. It means that you know what you have to work on and it all starts with talking to Allah.
- Day 21 & 22: Alhamdulillah
Narrated from A’ishah radi Allahu anha, “When the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam saw something that pleased him, he would say: Alhamdulillahil lathee bi ni’matihi tatimmus saalihaat, and when he saw something that displeased him, he would say: Alhamdulillah ‘alaa kuli haal. (Narrated in Sunan Ibn Maajah, classified as Saheeh according to Shaykh Albaani rahimahullah in Silsilatus Saheehah hadeeth 265)
الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي بِنِعْمَتِهِ تَتِمُّ الصَّالِحَاتُ
Alhamdulillahil lathee bi ni’matihi tatimmus saalihaat
All praise and thanks are only for Allah, the One who, by His blessing and favor, perfected goodness/good works are accomplished.
الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ عَلَى كُلِّ حَالٍ
Alhamdulillah ‘alaa kuli haal
All praise and thanks are only for Allah in all circumstances.
Alhamdulillah for everything.
- Day 20: Crème de la Crème
Aisha, may Allah be pleased with her, said: I asked the Messenger of Allah: 'O Messenger of Allah, if I know what night is the night of Qadr, what should I say during it?'He (The Prophet PBUH) said:'Say: "اللهم انك عفو تحب العفو فاعف عني " [Ahmad, Ibn Majah, and Tirmidhi]
Let's break it down.
اللْهُمَّ إِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ
Allahumma innaka `afuwwun
O Allah, You are The Effacer of sins
and You love effacing sins
so efface mine
What does this mean, it means that Allah not only forgives your sins, but erases all traces of it from your records. It is the supreme du'a to make during the last 10 nights, especially because it's at a higher level than just seeking forgiveness. Let's all learn and implement this one inshaa'Allah.
- Day 18 & 19: Feeding people the salams
A man asked the Prophet, ‘Which (aspect of) Islam is best?’ He responded, ‘Feeding people and greeting (with salam) those you know and those you do not know.’” [Bukhari]
Two amazing acts, in one convient hadith. When you go to tarawiih, make yourself known and say Salam to everyone. And I mean Everyone! Even shake a hand or two, since it's the sunnah and when you shake someone's hand and say then your sins are forgiven. Doesn't Allah make things so easy for us, but we just choose to not listen or disregard His abundent Mercy. SubhanAllah.
Also, if you are a mother, please step aside. If you are a kid and live at home and don't cook, then get ready to cook. For one night, just one night during the last ten nights, make something for the family. You can implement this hadith and your family can implement the hadith of not saying ewwwww! I'm sure you'll be fine though, just take some time and feed people.
- Day 16 & 17: When the Doctor's away...
Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri: A man came to the Prophet and said, "My brother has some abdominal trouble." The Prophet said to him "Let him drink honey." The man came for the second time and the Prophet said to him, 'Let him drink honey." He came for the third time and the Prophet said, "Let him drink honey." He returned again and said, "I have done that ' The Prophet then said, "Allah has said the truth, but your brother's abdomen has told a lie. Let him drink honey." So he made him drink honey and he was cured.
Narrated Khalid bin Sad: We went out and Ghalib bin Abjar was accompanying us. He fell ill on the way and when we arrived at Medina he was still sick. Ibn Abi 'Atiq came to visit him and said to us, "Treat him with black cumin. Take five or seven seeds and crush them (mix the powder with oil) and drop the resulting mixture into both nostrils, for 'Aisha has narrated to me that she heard the Prophet saying, 'This black cumin is healing for all diseases except As-Sam.' Aisha said, 'What is As-Sam?' He said, 'Death."
Now, it is the sunnah to get medical help when you need it, but sometimes when we have a common cold or a stomach bug we rush to the doctor only to end up getting advil or some over the counter stomach medicine. Why get that, when there are so many sunnat for natural medicines. Honey, ginger, garlic, cumin, black onion seeds, cloves, etc... there are a lot of foods that can help you, but you need to try it. That being said, if you are really sick then go to a doctor.
- Day 15: Every opportunity counts
"So her Lord accepted her with a good acceptance and made her grow up a good growing, and gave her into the charge of Zakariya; whenever Zakariya entered the sanctuary to (see) her, he found with her food. He said: 'O Maryam! whence comes this to you? She said: 'It is from Allah. Surely Allah gives to whom He pleases without measure.' There did Zakariya pray to his Lord; he said: 'My Lord! grant me from Thee good offspring; surely Thou art the Hearer of prayer'."
~ Surah aal-Imran ayat 37-38
So I was listen to some tafsir and thought we should all adopt the sunnah of Nabi Zakariya (as). What is that sunnah? It's not making du'a for a child. That's too obvious. It's the sunnah to make du'a whenever you see a sign or a miracle or something that is amazing and can only come from Allah. When Nabi Zakariya (as) saw Maryam (as) with fruits that were not in season, he knew this was a miracle. So what did he do? He made du'a for something that he wanted, but seemed impossible. But as we know, nothing is impossible when it comes to Allah.
When you see something amazing that is a sure sign from Allah. Make du'a. If you don't see amazing stuff, which is impossible, then go outside, watch a nature documentary, and get inspired. This world, scratch that, this universe is beautiful and there are still so many things that we have no idea of. Reflect and make du'a, because when you are at a state of awe, you'll be more inclined to be close to Allah.
- Day 14: I'm walking on sunshine
A man from the companions of the Prophet (ﷺ) traveled to Fadaalah ibn Ubayd (may Allah be pleased with him) when he was in Egypt. After a brief conversation he asked him: “Why do I not see any shoes on you?” Fadaalah replied: “The Prophet (ﷺ) used to command us to go barefoot sometimes”. [Abu Dawud, Book 33, Hadith 4148]
I take my socks off for this. Now, I'm not advising you guys to go out walking barefoot everywhere. Walking barefoot on pavement isn't good for you, but if you're near a beach or in grass then let your little piggies come out. If you're not near any sand or grass, then walk barefoot at home. It's weird, if you're not use to it. But remember that this is a sunnah and Allah will reward you for it if you have the right intention! There's a great little post about this and the health benefits surround it, so do check it out inshaa'Allah.
- Day 13: Eat it, or leave it
Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet never criticized any food (he was invited to) but he used to eat if he liked the food, and leave it if he disliked [Bukhari]
Brothers and Sisters, sometimes we love to complain. Especially after a long day of fasting. We sit down and BAM, this thing doesn't have enogh salt and our taste buds are all of a sudden sensitive to that so we critize the food. Let's not do that anymore. Either eat the food, or leave it, but me like our beloved Prophet (SAW) and never critize it. The person who spent time making it doesn't deserve that.
Ibn Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) drank some milk then called for some water. Once he got the water he rinsed his mouth then said, “It has fat.” Collected by Bukhari, 211 and Muslim, 358
When we are breaking our fasts or eating suhoor, let's all remember this little sunnah from the Prophet (SAW) and rinse our mouths after drinking milk. Even though this is a small act, just think of the rewards you'd get from Allah. SubhanAllah.
- Day 11: Mmmmm Mmmmm Good!
Jabir reported that the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) commanded people to lick their fingers and the plate, saying, ‘You do not know where the blessing lies.’” [Muslim] In one variant of it, “When one of you drops a morsel of food, he should pick it up, remove any dirt on it and then eat it, not leaving it for Shaytan. He should not wipe his hand with a cloth until he has licked his fingers. He does not know in which part of his food the blessing lies.”
I don't think this needs any explaining, but I will mention that if you do this then you really need to make sure that you wash your hands before you eat. That's a sunnah too, but it's also the hygienic thing to do if you are going to attempt this sunnah.
- Day 7, 8, 9, & 10: The strong 12
Allaah will build a house in Heaven for whoever is diligent in observing 12 Sunnah Rak'aat (as follows): 4 Rak'aat before and 2 after the Dhuhr (Midday) Prayer, 2 after the Maghrib (Sunset Prayer), 2 after the ‘Ishaa’ (Evening) Prayer and 2 before the Fajr (Dawn) Prayer." Hadith sahih narrated by at-Tirmidhi
Another Sunnah for us to do, the Rawatib 12. All of us want our little place in Jannah to be the best place, I mean, I already have floor plans done in my head. A jungle is included. And an ocean. I'm going all out y'all. But one thing that we need to remember is how easy it os to get a house in Jannah. Just thinking, if you do this starting today for the remainder of Ramadan you'll have 20 houses. All of them just for you.
It's amazing, but if you work this is a bit hard to do. I think if we try to schedule things and work our days around Salah and our breaks around Salah, then this wouldn't be too bad. Plus, this is something we want to continue doing throughout the year. So it's better to build up your foundation now, before shaytan comes to try to break it down. Now, it is 12 extra raka'ats, so if it's hard for you to go all out. Start small. Go with Fajr first, then work your way to the other sunnat. Inshaa'Allah, by the end of Ramadan you'll be able to do all of them with no sweat. May Allah make this easy for all of us. Ameen!
- Day 6: Intention & Bismillah
The Prophet (pbuh) said: “Any matter of importance which is not begun with ‘bismillah’ [in the name of Allah], remains defective” [Ibn Hibban]
Islam is an amazing religion, because Allah makes it so easy for us to do khayr even when the acts we are doing seem so insignificant. With the right intention, eating can be ibadah, sleeping can be ibadah, going to work can be ibadah, talking to your family/friends can be ibadah. So many things (as long as they are not haram acts) can be ibadah. So lets have the right intention and say Bismillah so we can bring up our good deeds.
"The best of companions according to Allah are those who are best to their companion and the best of neighbours according to Allah are those that are best to their neighbour." [Tirmidhi, Sahih]
I think this is one we neglect, if the neighbours are not Muslim. But why? Good character isn't only restricted to your brothers and sisters, it's meant for everyone. I think a really fun thing to do this Ramadan is to make iftar and go to your neighbours and say, "Hello, I have some food for you. Since it's Ramadan we're currently breaking our fasts and thought you'd like some. Please enjoy!" Or something of that nature.
Let's all try our best to be good neighbours. Smile, talk, listen, and be there for them. Regardless if they are Muslim or not.
Abu Dharr narrated that the Messenger of Allaah said: “In the morning charity is due from every joint of your body. Every tasbeeh (saying glory be to Allaah) is charity. Every tahmeed (saying all praise is due to Allaah) is charity. Every tahleelah (saying none has the right to be worshipped except Allaah) is charity. Every takbeerah (saying Allah is the Greatest) is charity. Enjoining the good is charity. Forbidding the evil is charity; and performing two rak’ah of Duha suffices all of this." [Muslim]
Shaikh Ibn `Uthaymeen -rahimahullaah- said, as occurs in 'Majmoo`ul-Fataawaa' (14/306/no.875): ''The time of the Duha Prayer is from when the sun has risen to the height of a spear, i.e. approximately a quarter or a third of an hour after having risen; until 'just before the zawaal', and 'just before the zawaal' means between ten and five minutes (prior to it)..''
I know what you're thinking. Pippin, what about Qiyamul Layl. It's Ramadan, majority of us will be doing Qiyamul Layl due to going to Tarawiih and being awake for this blessed time during suhoor. But Duha is a special time as well that many of us neglect. Let's all try to pray this sunnah salah and never miss it. Let's include this with Witr, Qiyamul Layl, the 17 rawatib, and try to perfect all of them during Ramadan. May Allah make it easy for all of us. Ameen.
- Day 3: Turn that frown upside down
The Prophet Muhammad  said: "Do not abuse anyone, do not look down upon any good work, and when you speak to your brother, show him a cheerful face."[Sunan of Abu-Dawood, Hadith 1889]
You know how easy it is to smile? You know how nice someone looks when they smile? You know that the Prophet (SAW) would smile? So do yourself a favour this Ramadan and smile more often. Even if you're hungry, even if you're facing difficulties, smile with the intention of fulfilling this sunnah and Allah will help you out. The Prophet (SAW) faced tons of hardships and yet Abdullaah ibn Haarith said: "I never came across a person who smiled as much as Prophet Muhammad (SAW). Prophet Muhammad (SAW) regarded smiling to a brother as an act of charity."[Tirmidhi]
Most of us here are not that rich, so why not save up for your akhirah bank account by smiling since it's a form of charity.
Smiling, it's in you to give. Just remember to say salam to people as well and talk to them.
- Day 2: The Du'a for my brother is a Du'a for me
The Prophet (pbuh) said: “Whoever supplicates for his brother (in Islam) in his absence, an angel is appointed to his side who says “Ameen and may you also be blessed with the same.” [Muslim]
Ramadan is a month of Mercy, Training, Forgiveness, and all that other great stuff. But it's also a time when you should be making mad amounts of du'a. However, don't be stingy. Make du'a for others along with yourself, because when you make du'a for your brother and sister in Islam, the angels make the same du'a for you.
Your brother in Islam is looking for a wife, well if you are single say, "May Allah bless you with a wife who is a coolness to your eyes and you are a coolness to hers. And May Allah bless you with said wife soon. Ameen." BAM! The angels made the same du'a for you. If you're married, then no problem. Say the same thing and inshaa'Allah your spouse will become even more beautiful to you.
But don't only think about yourself. Islam is a religion that has a lot of community and social aspects to it, so be free with your du'a. Make it here, make it there, make it make it everywhere and for everyone!
"A human does not fill any container worse than his stomach. It is enough for a human to have some morsels to strengthen his back (keep his back straight). If he must eat more, then it should be one-third of his stomach for food, one-third for drink and one-third for breathing." (Ahmad)
I know what you're thinking, "Pippin, we're fasting! Obviously we're going to eat and eat and eat!" Well, I'm here telling you that the first Sunnah we all should be doing this Ramadan is the sunnah of not overeating. We think we should only do this during every other month of the year, but the fact of the matter is, we should be doing it during Ramadan too. In fact, since we don't have the shaytan around us we should do it especially during Ramadan as training for the rest of the year.
Remember this hadith the next time your stomach is satisfied and you just want to eat some more food, "A man burped in the presence of the Messenger of Allaah (pbuh) and he said: “Keep your burps away from us, for the one who eats his fill the most in this world will be hungry for the longest time on the Day of Resurrection.” (al-Tabaraani–Saheeh)
Now I'm not saying that you should starve, but be mindful of what you are putting it. A lot of food is wasted during Ramadan and a lot of food is made, to the point that people gain weight and look forward to the huge iftars instead of the blessed month.
So let's all try this and May Allah make this Ramadan the best Ramadan for you. Ameen!
- Pre-Ramadan Tip 1: Du'a List
- Pre-Ramadan Tip 2: Prepare
- Pre-Ramadan Tip 3: Quit while you are ahead and don't lose focus
- Pre-Ramadan Tip 4: Talk to people
To read the full summaries of these tips, please click here