9. Sunnah (Way) of Hazrat Prophet




لَقَدْ جَاءكُمْ رَسُولٌ مِّنْ أَنفُسِكُمْ عَزِيزٌ عَلَيْهِ مَا عَنِتُّمْ حَرِيصٌ عَلَيْكُم بِالْمُؤْمِنِينَ رَؤُوفٌ رَّحِيمٌ
And Now has come unto you a messenger from amongst yourselves: it grieves him that you should perish: ardently anxious is he over you: to the Believers is he most kind and merciful (at-Tawbah, 9/128).




9.1- IMPORTANCE OF SUNNAH



قُلْ إِن كُنتُمْ تُحِبُّونَ اللّهَ فَاتَّبِعُونِي يُحْبِبْكُمُ اللّهُ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ وَاللّهُ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ
Say: "If you do love Allah, follow me: Allah will love you and forgive you your sins; for Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful." (Aal-e-Imran, 3/31).



The verse says: "If you believe in Allah, you will surely love Him. Since you love Allah, you will act in the manner He loves. To do that, you must resemble the one Allah loves. And he may be resembled by following him. Whenever you follow him, Allah will love you too. Anyway you have to love Allah so that He shall love you."(For more information: B. Said Nursi. Mektubat (Letters))

It means that the most exalted goal for man is to receive Almighty God's love. The verse clearly shows that the way of achieving this elevated aim is by following Allahs Beloved and his Sunnah.

The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said: "Anyone who revives my Sunnah during the corruption of my Ummah will gain the reward of one hundred martyrs."

The issues of Sunnah and even its small ethical rules are like compasses that show the routes in the ships. They are like buttons that enlighten the harmful and dark ways. They are also like the pole star that shows the direction to those who want to follow the right way.

Following the Sunnah of the Prophet, that is, obeying him and following his way, is certainly most valuable. Especially at times when aberrations are prevalent following the Sunnah of the Prophet (PBUH) is even more valuable. And particularly when the Prophet's Ummah is corrupted, to comply with a small matter of conduct of the Sunnah is a significant worship.

Following the Sunnah directly recalls Hazrat Prophet (PBUH), and that recollection and remembrance is transformed into recollection of the Divine Presence. The moment the Sunnah is complied with in even the least significant dealings, in the conduct of eating, drinking, or sleeping, such habitual, natural acts become meritorious acts of worship and Islamic acts. It is because such commonplace actions a person thinks of following the Messenger of Allah and conceives of them as an order of the Quran. Then he recalls that the Quran is the word of Allah. Then, he realizes that he is in the presence of Allah and he gains the reward of worshipping by observing Sunnah.

Therefore, one who makes it his practice to follow the Sunnah of the Prophet (PBUH) transforms all his acts into worship.


9.2- KINDS OF SUNNAH



The Sunnah of Allahs Messenger (PBUH) has three sources: his words, actions and positions. All of those three have parts that are fardh (obligatory), nafilah (extra) worship and nice customs.

The fardh parts have to be observed. They are five prayers, fasting, hajj (pilgrimage), zakat (almsgiving) and kalima shahada. When they are left, torture and punishment are due. Everybody has to observe them.

Believers had better observe extra worship. However, no torture or punishment is due when they are left. Like the sunnah parts of prayers. When they are carried out, a lot of reward is granted. It is bida (innovation) and aberration to change or to abolish them.

It is a good thing to imitate him and to be subject to him, to imitate his nice and high customs his praiseworthy acts in terms of wisdom, interest, individual life and social life like greeting people, doing ones neighbors favors, helping ones relatives, exchanging presents, being careful about cleanliness, paying attention to ones clothing, planning and organizing ones life, not harming others, showing affection to the young and respect to the old, visiting friends and relatives, inviting people and accepting invitations, visiting ill people and being sensitive about ones worshipping.

Almighty God says the following in the Quran; And you (stand) on an exalted standard of character. (al-Qalam, 68/4). Distinguished sahabas like Hazrat Aisha described Hazrat Prophet (PBUH) as; The examples of the high ethics expressed in the Quran are present in Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH). It is he who represents those good things who is created in accordance with those high things.

The acts, positions, words and actions of such a person are all samples for humanity. The shortest way of having high ethics is to have the ethics of our Prophet.

The Sunnah of the Prophet (PBUH) is courtesy. There is no matter in Sunnah beneath which a light, and courtesy, is not to be found. Allah Messenger (PBUH) said, "My Sustainer taught me good manners, and how well he taught me."

Yes, one who studies the Prophet's life and knows his Sunnah will certainly understand that Almighty God gathered together in His Beloved all the varieties of courtesy and good manners. One who gives up his Sunnah abandons courtesy.

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