For Muslims following the actions of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is a matter of meaningful importance because his Sunnah is the source of great benefits for the followers. The Sunnah cannot be separated from the Holy Quran, for it is the living interpretation by our beloved Prophet. In conjunction with Maulidur Rasul, here are a few Sunnahs that we should definitely follow.

  1. Speak good or be silent

“Much silence and a good disposition, there are no two things better than these.”- Prophet Muhammad SAW (Bukhari)

The beauty of this Sunnah is that we do not waste time on matters that are not important. The energy and time could be spending doing something else that is beneficial, such as reading the Quran, important tasks or only speaking of things that will benefit oneself and others in this dunya and the Hereafter.

  1. Keeping a smile

Smiling is the simplest way to look happy and also make others happy. It is a simple greeting that can help cheer someone else who might be feeling down, suffering in grief or in distress.

“I have never seen a man who smiled as much as the Messenger of Allah” (Tirmidhi)

  1. Visiting the sick

“Whoever visits a sick person (for the pleasure of Allah), a Caller from the skies announces: You are indeed blessed and your walking is blessed and you have (by this noble act) built yourself a home in Jannah.” – Prophet Muhammad {Ibn Maajah)

The visitor should ask how they are feeling, make dua and give them hope that they will get better. Remember to not sit too long as the visit should be short so that it does not cause any hardship to the patient or the family, unless, the sick person does not mind the company.

  1. Maintaining that ⅓ rule when eating

Ever heard of your elders saying “don’t eat till you’re too full”? Overeating is not good for us and we should stay away from it, and the same goes to undereating. For us to function, we need to have a balanced perspective towards our food. We should not eat till we’re so full that we just want to go to bed. This leads us to be lazy and that is not of good character.

  1. Sleeping on your right side

“When Allah’s Messenger Prophet Muhammad SAW went to bed, he used to sleep on his right side.”[Bukhari]

Sleep in the state of wudu and sleep on your right side as it is a sunnah.

6. Using the siwak

The siwak, or sometimes known as ‘miswak’, is a small stick that is used to brush the teeth which has numerous health benefits on our spiritual and physical well-being. Our Prophet Muhammad SAW used it regularly and said,

“If it were not that it would be difficult for my nation, I would have ordered them to use the siwak for each prayer.” (Tirmidhi)

7. Saying salaam and Bismillah before entering a house

We do not want to have the Shaytaan to enter our homes and we know the distractions he creates. With that said, it is very important to seek refuge from his evil ways. Upon entering homes, we should always say the name of Allah. Did you know that by giving salam when entering a house has three benefits? Jannah, rizq, and barakah.