By Productive Muslim – Aishah Iqbal
We Should Begin to Follow – Part 1
“Whoever revives my Sunnah then he has loved me. And whoever loved me, he shall be with me in Paradise.” – The Prophet (PBUH) [Tirmidhi]
1. Sleeping and Waking up Early
The hours after fajr are among the most blessed of the day. Starting the day off with morning prayers sets you in the right frame of mind throughout the day.
Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) said about the Prophet (PBUH): “He used to sleep early at night, and get up in its last part to pray, and then return to his bed.” [Bukhari]
2. Always Having a Pleasant Smile
A positive mind and attitude are irreplaceable in the quest to be productive and achieve your goals in life. Smiling is a simple, inexpensive act that helps lift your mood and our Prophet was seen frequently doing it.
Ibn Jaz reports: “I have not seen anyone who smiled more than the Messenger of Allah.” [Tirmidhi]
3. Using the Siwak
Abu Hurairah narrated that Allah’s Messenger said:
“If it were not that it would be difficult on my nation, then I would have ordered them to use the siwak for each prayer.” [Tirmidhi]
It is narrated that the Prophet (PBUH) would use siwak upon waking.
4. Oiling hair
“I heard Jabir bin Samurah being asked about the grey hairs of the Prophet. He said: ‘If he put oil on his head they could not be seen, but if he did not put oil on his head, they could be seen.’” [An-Nasa’i]
This hadith alludes to the idea of using oil to prevent grey hairs being visible, highlighting that the sunnah of the Prophet (PBUH) encompasses every aspect of life.
5. Maintaining the 1/3rd Rule in Eating
Miqdam bin Madikarib said: “I heard the Messenger of Allah say: ‘A human being fills no worse vessel than his stomach. It is sufficient for a human being to eat a few mouthfuls to keep his spine straight. But if he must (fill it), then one third of food, one third for drink and one third for air.’” [Ibn Majah]
Your level of food consumption should not leave you feeling tired or bloated as this is a state that leads to laziness, which is a vice we seek refuge in Allah from.
6. Speaking Good or Keeping Silent
The Prophet (PBUH) said: “He who believes in Allah and the Hereafter, if he witnesses any matter he should talk in good terms about it or keep quiet.” [Muslim]
When speaking ill of a person or situation, the conversation becomes elongated, sadly due to the desire to gossip. The beauty of this particular sunnah is that it will help you save time and reduce the amount of energy used to contemplate over irrelevant matters being discussed.