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July 24, 2010


by Umm Muawiyah

Assalamu Alaikum.

These days, we find people saying that such and such a thing is “just a sunnah”. They mean that this thing is not an obligation, it’s “just a recommendation.”

Well, this is what Allah says:

Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Messenger (salallahu alaihi wasallam) said, “Allah said, ‘I will declare war against him who shows hostility to a pious worshipper of Mine. And the most beloved things with which My slave comes nearer to Me, is what I have enjoined upon him; and My slave keeps on coming closer to Me through performing Nawafil (praying or doing extra deeds besides what is obligatory) till I love him, so I become his sense of hearing with which he hears, and his sense of sight with which he sees, and his hand with which he grips, and his leg with which he walks; and if he asks Me, I will give him, and if he asks My protection (Refuge), I will protect him; (i.e. give him My Refuge) and I do not hesitate to do anything as I hesitate to take the soul of the believer, for he hates death, and I hate to disappoint him.” [Saheeh Al-Bukhari, Volume No. 8, Hadeeth No. 509]

[For an explanation of this hadeeth, you can listen to the following lecture by Dr. Saleh as-Saleh (Download):

Also, please read this and this for more information.]

So, there is no such thing as “just a recommendation”. Recommended acts are things which Allah loves and by doing them we become closer to Him. Who wouldn’t want that?

Here’s an article by Shaikh Al-Albani on the Sunnahs neglected in Ramadan.

Two interesting points to note:

1) Some of these acts are very logical things like delaying the suhoor and breaking the fast on time. If we went to the dumbest atheist (excuse my wordiness) on the planet and asked him what the best time to eat would be for a person who is fasting from time X until time Y, what do you think he would say? He’d say if would be right before time X and right after time Y.

And that’s the sunnah as well. However, many people eat their suhoor too early and delay iftar. So this is neither the sunnah nor is it logical.

2) These “little things” signify a problem with the ummah. It states that as long as the ummah does these things, they will be in good shape.

If you told the average Muslim today that not doing these things was a sign of the ummah’s bad state, well, you’d get laughed out of town.

And this is where the problem lies. The “little things” are not given the attention they deserve and then they end up becoming big problems.

Insha-Allah, let’s all do these “little things” this Ramadan so that we can:

1) Get closer to Allah

2) Start getting our ummah back into shape

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