Authentic Narrations: Revive A Sunnah

1 – Du’a during Recitation

Hudhayfah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that,” Whenever the the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) read a verse about Allah’s punishment , he would seek refuge in Allah. And whenever He read a verse mentioning Allah’s mercy , he would ask Allah for His mercy. Hudhayfah said, “ Whenever the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) bowed he would say, “ Subhana Rabbil Atheem.” and when He prostrated He’d say ,” Subhana Rabbil ‘Ala.”

Collected by Ahmed 6/ 24 , Abu Dawud 873, and others. Graded as being Hasan by Al-Albani

Shaykh Abdul Azeez bin Baz (may Allah have mercy on him) said: It’s Sunnah for every muslim who reads the Quran during prayer or elsewhere to ask Allah for His bounty at the verses of mercy. And when the Muslim reads a verse mentioning Allah’s punishment, he seeks refuge from the Hell-fire. Furthermore when a Muslim reads an ayah that deems Allah above something he declares it. He declares it by saying, “ Subhanahu wa Ta’ala.”

It’s recommended for every Muslim who reads : Is not Allah the Best of judges? [At-tin 8] to say ,” Indeed! : I believe that to be true.” Moreover when he reads, “ Is not He (Allah Who does that), Able to give life to the dead? (Yes! He is Able to do all things).[ Al-Qiyamah 40], he says, “ Indeed!: I bear witness to this.” The servant should say, “ I believe in Allah.” when he reads ,” Then in what statement after this (the Qur’an) will they believe? [ Al-Mursaalat 50].

After the slave recites the verse, “ Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinns and men) deny? [ Ar-Rahman 13] He says, “ We don’t deny any verses from our Lord. And after reading ,” Glorify the Name of your Lord, the Most High,”[Al-A’la 1], he says,” Subhana Rabbil ‘Ala”

All of these acts are recommended for the Imam, followers , and individual reciting the Quran. These words are dua, and dua is wanted from the Muslim. This resembles the saying, “ Ameen” after Fatihah: and Ameen should be said in prayer and elsewhere after Fatiha. [Majmu’ Fataawa Bin Baz vol 26 page 62-63]

2 – Wudu for Every Salah

Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) mentioned: The Messenger of Allah was given a small vessel of water and he made wudu.” I said: “Did the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) make wudu for every prayer?” He said “Yes” Then he was aksed: “What about you?” He said: “We used to pray all the prayers as long as we did not break our wudu, and we used to pray all the prayers with one wudu.

Collected by Bukhari 214

Shaykh Muhammad Adam Al-Ethiopee commented on this hadeeth in his explanation for Sunnan An-Nisa’i. He wrote:

– The hadeeth proves that it’s legislated to make wudu for every prayer, regardless if a person needs to or not.
– It’s permissible to pray the five daily prayers with only one wudu.
– Ibn Seereen narrated that Abu Bakr, Umar and Uthman used to make wudu for every prayer.” [Musanaf Ibn Abee Shaybah]
– Making wudu without invalidating it is a recommended act. Reason being, wudu is an act that wipes away sin.
– This hadeeth shows that wudu is a must for the person who intends to pray and has broken his/her wudu.
– The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Only the believer maintains himself in the state of wudu.” [Ibn Majah and others with an authentic chain of narration]

[Taken from Sharhu Sunnan An-Nisa’I vol 3/176]

3 – Two Rak’ah for Repentance

Abu Bakr As-Siddiq (may Allah be pleased with him) said the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Any person who sins then performs wudu correctly and prays and afterward seeks Allah’s forgiveness Allah forgives him.” Then As-Siddiq (may Allah be pleased with ) recited the verse” And those who when they commit an indecency or do injustice to their souls remember Allah and ask forgiveness for their faults – and who forgives the faults but Allah, and (who) do not knowingly persist in what they have done. {Al-Imran: 135}

Collected by Abu Dawud (1521) At-Tirmithi (406) Ibn Majah (1395) and Ahmed (1/2-8-9-10) graded as being Hasan by At-Tirmithi, Ibn ‘Adee, Ibn Kathir, At-Thahabee and Al-Albani (may Allah have mercy on them all)

Imam Ibn Taymiyyah (may Allah have mercy on him) said,” It is a recommended act for every person who sinned to perform Wudu then pray two Rak’ah.
[Majmu’ Fatawaa vol 21 / 139]

4 – When Times Get Hard, Pray

Hudhayfah (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “Whenever the matter became serious the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) would pray.”

Collected by Abu Dawud (1319) and others. Graded as being Hasan by Shaykh Al-Albani (May Allah have mercy on him)

Shaykh Muhammad ibn Salih Al-Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him) commented on this issue in his Tafseer for Surahtul Baqarah. He wrote: “The excellence of prayer is that it’s one of the things a person can seek assistance in for all matters and worldly affairs. Allah mentioned prayer and we believe with certainty that this speech is the truth. It’s been reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) would pray whenever the matter became serious. Also this is supported by the Prophet’s action during the Battle of Badr. He prayed in the shade and appealed to his Lord for help.

[Tafseerul Quran Al-Kareem Al-Fateehah-Baqarah vol 1 page 163-164]

5 – Protection from Harm

Abu Hurayrah (May Allaah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Whenever you intend to leave your house you should pray two rak’ah right before you leave. These rak’ah will protect you from harm while outside. And when you come back home you should pray another two rak’ah. They will safeguard you from harm in your house.”

Shaykh Al-Albani (may Allah have mercy on him) said in his Silsilah Saheehah 3/315: The isnad of this hadeeth is acceptable and the narrators are trustworthy men used by Bukhari.

This hadeeth is mentioned in Al- Muntaqah (12/69/1), Al-Bazaar in his Musnad(81), Ad-Daylamee in his Musnad (1/1/108), and Abdul-Ghani in Akbar-As-Salaah (1/67 and 2/68)

6 – Praying two Rak’ah after Quarrelling

Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Performing two raka’h is an expiation for any quarrel.”

Collected by Ibn Al-Arabee in his Mu’jam (2 /178) Ar-Razi (1/141) in Al-Fawa’id. Al-Albani (may Allah have mercy on him) graded this hadeeth as being Hasan. This is based on the Isnad that leads to Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him). The Narration collected by At-Tabarani (may Allah have mercy upon him) in his Kubara which leads up to Abu Bahelee (may Allah be pleased with him) has a weakness in it as stated by Al-Haythamee (may Allah have mercy on him) [Silsilah Saheehah #1789]

Al-Allamah Muhammad Abdur-Ra’uf Al-Manawee (may Allah have mercy on him) commented on this hadeeth saying, “First a person should perform wudu which diminishes the anger. Then he should pray the two rak’ah. [Faydul Qadir hadeeth # 3355]

* The word لحاء refers to an argument which includes insulting, abusing or name-calling etc.

7 – Read Some Ayat Audibly in Dhuhr and Asr Salah

Abdullah ibn Abu Qatada said: “My father told us the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) used to recite Umm Al-Quran and two soorahs in the first two Rak’ah of Dhuhr and Asr. Sometimes he would make us hear a verse and he used to make the first Rak’ah lengthy.”

Collected by Bukhari 759 and Muslim 451

Al-Bara’ said: “We used to pray Dhuhr behind the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and we heard some of the verses from Surah Luqman and Dhariyat.”

Collected by An-Nasa’I 972 . Shaykh Muhammad Adam Al-Ethiopee (may Allah preserve him) graded this Hadeeth as being ” Saheeh Lee Ghayreehee”

Shaykh Muhammad Ameen Al-Ethiopiee (may Allah preserve him) said about the words ” Sometimes he would make us hear a verse…” applies to verses from Fatihah, a surah, or two verses from any chapter.
[Sharh Saheeh Al-Muslim vol 7 page 288]

Shaykh Muhammad Adam Al-Ethiopee (may Allah preserve him) also said: The hadeeth in this section proves its permissible to read some verses aloud during Dhuhr and Asr ; and it isn’t disliked to read both silently and aloud now and again. Furthermore this hadeeth shows its recommended to read Luqman and Dhariyat in Dhuhr prayer

[Sharh Sunnan An-Nisa’ vol 12 page 234]

 – Wiping Sleep from the Face – 8

– 8 –  Ibn Abbass (may Allah be pleased with them) narrated that he spent the night at his aunt’s [Maymunah] house (may Allah be pleased with her). He said, “I lied across the pillow while my aunt and Allah’s messenger both lied on the pillow. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) slept until a little before or after the middle of the night. He (peace and blessings be upon him) woke up and began to wipe the sleep from his face with both his hands…”

Collected by Bukhari (183) and Muslim (763)

Shaykh Muhammad ibn Salih Al-Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy upon him) commented on this hadeeth saying: This hadeeth shows it’s permissible to spend the night in a house with a man and his wife under two conditions:

1. Permission is granted from both spouses.
2. No hardship results from this action.

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) used to wake up early at night, before the middle part. He would stay awake until about a sixth of its part remained, then go back to sleep until the call for Fajr. This is what he did most of the time, and sometimes he remained awake from the middle of the night until Fajr.

It is a legislated (recommend) act to wipe the sleep from the face when waking up. By doing so you’ll find energy.“ [Sharh Saheeh Bukhari By Shaykh Al-Uthaymeen Hadeeth # 183]

9 – Rinsing the Mouth after Drinking Milk

Ibn Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) drank some milk then called for some water. Once he got the water he rinsed his mouth then said, “It has fat.”

Collected by Bukhari, 211 and Muslim, 358

1. Imam An-Nawwawee said,” This hadeeth confirms it’s recommended to rinse the mouth after drinking milk. [Sharh Saheeh Muslim]

2. Abu Dawud mentioned this hadeeth in his Sunnan. He wrote the chapter ‘Wudu from Milk’. However he didn’t intend the technical meaning for wudu, but rather he meant the linguistic meaning for wudu. (Bathul Majhud fee halee Sunnan Abi Dawud)

3. Shaykh Al-Uthaymeen said, “The reason why the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) rinsed his mouth was because of the fat. It can be understood from this action that it’s legislated to rinse the mouth from all foods which contain fat, regardless whether drank or chewed. Its good manners to rinse the mouth afterwards to remove the fat. If the substance is heavy in fat, then it’s better to use siwak. For this reason the scholars say: it’s sunnah to use siwak to remove any fat after eating if the smell of the mouth changed. (Sharh Saheeh Al-Bukhari)

10 – Making Du’a on Wednesday

“Jabir Ibn ‘Abdullah (may Allaah be pleased with him) narrated that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings be upon him) supplicated to Allaah in this masjid (Masjid Al-Fath) on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. His Dua was answered on Wednesday between the prayers of Dhuhr and Asr. Jabir (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: ”There wasn’t anything that was crucially important for me to have solved, except I called on Allaah during that hour of the day between Dhuhr and Asr knowing He would answer.”

Graded Hasan by Shaykh Al-Albani (may Allaah have mercy upon him) in Saheeh Adab Al-Mufrad.

Shaykh al Islam Ibn Taymiyyah said in his book “Iqtidah as-Siratul Mustaqeem (1/433)”: A group of our companions and other people act by this hadeeth. They see to it that they call on Allaah during this time; as narrated by Jabir (may Allaah be pleased with him). The place where Jabir made Du’a to Allaah isn’t mentioned, but the time period in which he did is mentioned.”

11 – Using Kohl regularly

Anas narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to apply kohl to his right eye three times, and to his left eye twice.

Sunan al-Nasaa’i (5113) and Sunan Abi Dawood (3837). Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in al-Silsilah al-Saheehah no. 633.

1. Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: Kohl protects the health of the eyes and gives strength and clarity of vision, and cleanses they eye of bad substances. In addition to that some types of kohl also serve as an adornment and if it is applied before going to bed this is even better. And ithmid is more efficacious than other types of kohl. [Zaad al-Ma’aad, 4/281]

2. It says in al-Mughni: It is mustahabb to use kohl an odd number of times. (al-Mughni, 1/106).

12 – Offering Nawafil and Sunnah/Rawatib Salah, Two-by-Two Raka’at

Ibn ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “The prayers of the day and night are to be offered two by two.”

Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 597; Abu Dawood, 1295; al-Nasaa’i, 1666; Ibn Maajah, 1322. This hadeeth was classed as saheeh by Al-Albani in ‘Tamaam al-Mannah’, p. 240.

In Saheeh Muslim it is narrated that ‘Uqbah ibn Hurayth said: I asked Ibn ‘Umar: “What does two by two mean?” He said: “Saying the tasleem after each two rak’ahs.”

13 – Appointing a Leader When Traveling

It is narrated on the authority of Abu Sa’eed and Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with them both) who said that the Messenger of Allah (may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “If three persons set out on a journey, they should appoint one of them as their ameer (leader).”

Collected by Abu Dawood, 2608; classed Hasan by Albani in At-Taleeqatal al-Mishkat, 2/1145

Al Iraqi said the command to take an ameer in one’s journeys and obedience to such an ameer are both recommended. [Tarh al-Tathreeb, 6/9]

14 – Starting Your Day with Four Rak’at

Abu Dharr (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated:

The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) narrated that Allah the Most High said: “Son of Adam perform four Rak’at for Me in the beginning of the day; they will suffice you for the latter part of the day.”

Collected by At-Tirmidhi, 475; Abu Dawud, 1291; and Ahmad, 2/235 – Tirmidhi classed it as Hasan.

1. Al-Mubarakfuri (may Allah have mercy upon him) said: “Rak’at for Me in the beginning of the day… Means: Salatul Duha, Salatul Ishraq, and Sunnatus Subh. These are the names for this prayer.

2. At-Taybee said, “These four Rak’at are enough for your affairs and needs throughout the day [to be made easy]. These four Rak’at repel from you whatever you dislike right through the day. [Tuhfatul Ahwadhee]

15 – Delaying the Suhoor

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “If one of you hears the call to prayer (Adhan) and the vessel is in the hand of one of you, then let him not put it down until he fulfils his need from it.”

Reported by Abu Daw’ud.

1. Shaykh Al-Albani (may Allah grant him Al-Firdaus) said: “And what is meant here by the call is the second call, the second Adhaan. It is not the first Adhaan, which they wrongly call the Adhaan for withholding (al-Imsaak). We must know that there is no basis for calling the first Adhaan the Adhaan for withholding (imsaak).”

2. The second Adhaan is when we are to withhold, and this is clearly stated in the Qur’an, since Allah, the Mighty and Majestic, says: “And eat and drink until the white thread of dawn becomes clear to you from the black thread of the night.”

3. There occurs in the hadeeth agreed upon by al-Bukharee and Muslim, from the hadeeth of Abdullaah ibn Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Let not the Adhaan of Bilaal deceive you,” meaning, the first Adhaan, “because he gives the Adhaan in order to awaken the person who is sleeping, and so that the person who wishes to eat the pre-dawn meal can do so. So eat and drink until Ibn Umm Maktoon gives the Adhaan.”

4. It is opposition to Allah and to the Messenger that a person says that one who hears the adhaan whilst he has food in his mouth must spit it out upon the ground. This is not from the Sunnah. Rather this is contrary to the Sunnah, and is contrary to the clear command of the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).

[Taken from “Silsilah al-Hudaa wan-Noor, Tape No. 590 “]

16 – Rinsing the Nose after Awaking from Sleep

Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:”When anyone of you wakes up, he should rinse his nose three times. Verily Shaytan spends the night inside a person’s nostrils.”

Collected by Al-Bukharee, 3121; and Muslim, 23

1. Blowing the nose is an obligation in the Hanbali school of fiqh, and a sunnah with the majority of scholars.

2. This hadeeth shows that Shaytaan can’t open what’s closed or locked. Furthermore it has been reported that when a person yawns he should cover his mouth, so Shaytan can’t enter. [Subulus Salaam]

3. Shaykh ibn Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him) commented on this hadeeth in his explanation of Saheeh Muslim. He said: “This hadeeth proves that Shaytan has the ability to do things and we don’t have the ability to perceive it. Shaytan spends the night in our nose and we don’t know how. We can’t make out how anyone could shape their body for the size of a nostril. However if it was something that crawled the size of an atom we could see how.

Nonetheless the world of the Shayaateen and Jinn is hidden from us. And likewise the world of the Angels is hidden from us. There is an Angel on our right and left side that accompany us. Do we feel them? We don’t feel them, but we believe this to be a fact.

The hadeeth proves that Allah has given Shaytan the ability to overpower us. Therefore he (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) informed us about this act of Shaytan, so we could be aware of his evil and realise our need for Allah.” [Explanation of Saheeh Muslim, hadeeth #24]

4. Muhammad Abdur-Rauf Al-Manaawee said: “Shaytan also chooses the nose because the eyes are for looking and pondering over the creations in the heavens and earth. The mouth is for remembering Allah. The ears are for listening to knowledge and Allah’s remembrances. However the nose doesn’t have any of these traits. Therefore this is an entrance for Shaytan into man’s body to whisper to him. [Faydul Qadeer, #436]

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