5 Simple Sunnahs
Are you ready to become a better Muslim? Do you think you can be a much better Muslim and a stronger believer than what you currently are?
If you’re ready to take your faith to the next level, then take a few minutes to ponder this hadith:
Allah said: My servant does not draw nearer to Me with anything more beloved to me than with the obligatory actions (in Islam).
And My servant continues to draw near to me with voluntary acts so that I love him. When I love him, I am his hearing that he hears with, his seeing he sees with, his hand he strikes with and his foot he walks with.
Were he to ask of Me, I would surely give it to him and were he to seek refuge in Me, I will surely give him refuge.
What Does This Hadith Mean?
Allah loves it when we fulfill the obligatory things He has ordained on us. These are things like:
- The five daily prayers.
- Fasting during the month of Ramadan.
- Paying the Zakah.
- Making Hajj at least once in a lifetime.
- Returning the greetings.
- Obeying the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him).
This is not an exhaustive list. There are many other things that Allah has ordained upon us. And a Muslim who is trying to get closer to Allah will do his or her best to fulfill these obligations.
But we all go through our weak moments in faith. When these weak moments happen, we may slack off on these mandatory Islamic duties. That’s why we should also perform some voluntary (Sunnah) acts as well. That way, when we go through these weak moments, we’ll slack off on the voluntary acts and continue doing the mandatory ones.
With this in mind, here are 5 simple Sunnahs you can do that will, Inshallah, bring you closer to Allah.
It should go without saying that before we begin trying to implement these Sunnah acts, it is important that we are already doing all of the mandatory acts in Islam.
1. Doing Dhikr (remembrance) of Allah after the mandatory prayers.
The Messenger of Allah has recommended that we say:
- Subhanallah (Glory to Allah) 33 times.
- Alhamdulillah (Thanks and praise be to Allah) 33 times.
- Allahu Akbar (Allah is greater) 33 times.
2. Making two Rakah (units) of prayer before Salaatul Fajr (the Dawn prayer).
It is actually highly recommended that we make two rakat before the Dawn prayer. The following hadith confirms the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) used to make this prayer also.
What is your opinion about the two Rakat before the Fajr (compulsory) prayer, as to prolonging the recitation in them?” He said, “The Prophet (p.b.u.h) used to pray at night two Rakat followed by two and so on, and end the prayer by one Raka Witr. He used to offer two Rakat before the Fajr prayer immediately after the Adhan.
This prayer can be very quick and light. And since it’s only two rakat, it is very easy to begin this practice.
3. Return the Salaam (greetings) with something greater.
As mentioned above, it is mandatory to return the greetings of peace in Islam. So when someone says “As-Salaamu Alaikum,” you must reply “Wa Alaikum Salaam.”
But that is the minimum. It is better if we go a step beyond that. So you can return the greetings by saying “Wa Alaikumus Salaam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu.”
This is a very easy action to do that spreads love amongst the Muslims and only takes a few seconds.
4. Clipping the fingernails
Keeping your fingernails short and neat is general cleanliness. Even many non-Muslims do their best to maintain short, clean fingernails. So it is even more incumbent for us Muslims to practice this simple sunnah.
You should clip your fingernails every two weeks, and at the very most, once every forty days. Like the other actions listed above, this is a simple act that only takes a few minutes and doesn’t have to be done often.
5. Say Bismillah before eating.
Eating is something we do every day. In fact, we often eat several times a day. It is such an easy thing to simply recite the name of Allah before eating and gain a few extra blessings.
Therefore, before you start to eat any meal, even if it’s just a date, say ‘Bismillah” (in the Name of Allah). The Prophet (peace be upon him) used to do this all the time and it doesn’t take much work. This is such a simple act, that we have no excuse not do it. In fact, saying the basmallah is common in most Muslim cultures.
There are many more really simple sunnahs (traditions) of the Prophet (peace be upon him) that we can work into our daily lives. There are also some that may be a little more difficult. The important thing is to do the ones that are easy for you and stick with them.
Inshallah, with time you’ll be able to move towards the more difficult sunnahs.
Can you suggest any other easy sunnahs? If you can think of any, please post them in the comments below. Inshallah, you’ll receive reward for anyone who follows your advice.