Sunnah: Practices of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) [1]

Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) revolutionized the human history through the proliferation of Islam. His teachings of Islam as well as his Sunnah are the only way to better our lives in this world and the life hereafter. His life and life style is a beacon and worthy of emulation. Moreover, Holy Prophet (PBUH) is a perfect emblem and practical interpretation of Holy Quran and Almighty Allah. His sunnah are the paths which have been laid down character, manners, ritual habits, deeds, example and legislative actions. The sunnah of our beloved Prophet Muhammad are best ways to achieve high decree in front of Allah. The Holy Quran says:

“Undoubtedly, you have the best in the following of the Messenger, for him who yearns for Allah” [Surah 33: Verse 21]

Here’s a list of his sunnah that every Muslim need to follow blindly and full of faith.

The sunnah of eating and drinking

  • Saying Bismillah and using the right hand to eat.
  • Prophet Muhammad used three fingers while eating food. These were the thumb, index finger and middle finger. Before washing his hands he used to lick his blessed fingers clean.
  • He never used to stuff himself with food and said that over-eating brings ill-luck and misfortune.
  • Rubbing the bite of food that falls on the ground and eating it.
  • The way one sits while eating: kneeling on his knees and the upper face of his feet, or extending the right leg and sitting on the left one, this is the preferable as stated by al-hafedh in “al-fat’h”.
  • Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) used to sit down while drinking water. The prophet (PBUH) said: ” none of you should drink while standing” (imam muslim)
  • Do not breathe (exhale or inhale) inside the drinking water. Remove the utensil from the mouth if one has to do so. Drink it in three sips.
  • Say Alhamdulillah after eating and drinking. The prophet (PBUH) said: ” Allah get content with his worshippers if they thank him after eating or after drinking” (imam muslim)

The sunnah of sleeping and awakening

  • Sleep on the right side
  • Make the bed before sleeping on it
  • Recite Ayatul kursi
  • Recite Surah Ikhlaas, Surah Falaq and Surah Naas before sleeping 3 times and thereafter blow over the entire body thrice. 
  • Keep the right hand under the right cheek and keeping the knees slightly bent.
  • Rub the face and eyes with hands in order to overcome the effect of sleep
  • Recite the awakening prayer

The sunnah of wearing clothes

  • Prophet Muhammad loved white clothing
  • Start wearing clothes from the right side. Prophet– said. “if you wear clothes start with the right side” [Termithi]
  • When removing them first remove the left and then the right
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