Sunnah

It means the manner and attitude and way that are followed. When the phrase the sunnah of the Prophet is used, the prophets’ path and way of life, in other words, Islam as a whole is understood. The deeds that the Prophet usually did and demanded us to do but stated that they were not fard are called sunnah al-muakkadah. The deeds that he mostly left are called sunnah ghayr muakkadah. For example cleaning your teeth with miswak, performing prayers in congregation, performing the sunnahs of Fajr (morning prayer), Zuhr (noon) and Maghrib (sunset ) prayers are sunnah al-muakkadah. The sunnahs of Asr (afternoon) and Isha (night) prayers are sunnah ghayr muakkadah. A person who performs sunnahs gains thawab (reward of good deeds) and is likely to attain the intercession of our Prophet on Judgment Day. The person who abandons them without excuse are not regarded as sinners but they are not welcomed on Judgment Day. Sunnahs are like extra coupons that are given along with actual coupons. Besides their advantages, they complete fards’ shortcomings.  However, if we miss fards we cannot replace fards with sunnahs. A person who denies sunnah in its first sense and is not on the path of our Prophet becomes an unbeliever according to Islamic scholars.

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