Ramadan Series: Revive A Sunnah Day – 29

SUNNAHS WHEN GOING BACK TO SLEEP…

1. Sleep after Isha prayer.

2. Apply Kuhl (Surma) thrice in each eye.

3. Recite ‘Bismillah’ (mention Allah’s name), close the door of room/house, cover the utensils, put out the lights/ extinguish any lamps and cover your food and drinks.

4. Sleep in the state of Wudhu (Ablution).

5. Whenever a person going to bed for sleep, he should dust it off thrice with the edge of a cloth and say this dua:بِاسْمِكَ رَبِّي وَضَعْتُ جَنْبِي، وَبِكَ أَرْفَعُهُ، فَإِنْ أَمْسَكْتَ نَفْسِي فَارْحَمْهَا، وَإِنْ أَرْسَلْتَهَا فَاحْفَظْهَا، بِمَا تَحْفَظُ بِهِ عِبَادَكَ الصَّالِحِينَBismika Rabbi Wada`tu janbi, wa bika arfa’hu. In amsakta nafsi faghfir laha, wa in arsaltaha fahfazha bima tahfaz bihi ‘ibadaka-s-salihin.Translation: In Your name my Lord, I lie down and in Your name I rise, so if You should take my soul then have mercy upon it, and if You should return my soul then protect it in the manner You do so with Your righteous servants.

6. Recite Ayat-ul-Kursi (2:255) before sleeping.

7. Lie down on your right side, put hand under the cheek and say this dua:اللَّهُمَّ بِاسْـمِكَ أَمُوتُ وَأَحْيَاAllaahumma Bismika Amootu Wa AhyaaTranslation: O Allaah, in Your name I die and I live.

Hadith References:

[Bukhari: 568, 5010, 5623, 6293, 6294, 6295, 6296, 6311, 6314, 7393]
[Thirmidhi: 2048]
[An-Nasai: 259]

Ramadan Series: Revive A Sunnah, Day – 28

SUNNAH OF ENTERING HOME AGAIN:

1. Glorify and Exalt Allah while entering the house.

[There are no specific words or aya mention in the Hadith to Glorify Allah, therefore according to Ualama (scholars), any words such as ‘Subhanallah’, ‘Alhamdulillah’, ‘Allah-U-Akbar’, reciting Surah AL-Fatiha, Surah Al-Ikhlas or any other related words/ verses which are meant to glorify Allah can be read/recite by a person entering his house.]

2. Recite the following dua/supplication while entering home:اَللّٰھُمَّ اِنِّیْ اَسْئَلُکَ خَیْرَالْمَوْلِجِ وَخَیْرَالْمَخْرَجِ بِسْمِ اللّٰہِ وَلَجْنَا وَبِسْمِ اللّٰہِ خَرَجْنَا وَعَلَی اللّٰہِ رَبِّنَا تَوَکَّلْنَاAllahumma inni as’aluka khairal mawliji, wa khairul makhraji, Bismil-lahi walajna, wabismil-lahi kharajna, waAAala rabbina tawakkalna.Translation: O Allah! I ask Thee for good both when entering and when going out; in the name of Allah we have entered, and in the name of Allah we have gone out, and in Allah our Lord do we trust.

3. Using Sewak/Miswak: The Prophet (S.A.W.) used Sewak while taking his first steps into home.

4. Salutation/Say Salam: Allah says in Al-Quran:

“So when you enter houses, salute one another (Literally: salute yourselves) with a greeting from the Providence of Allah, blessed and good”. (Surah An Noor 24:61)

Ramadan Series: Revive A Sunnah, Day – 27

SUNNAH AND DUAS OF VISITING GRAVES:

Why recommended to visit graves in Islam?

Visiting the graves was recommended by the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him)ﷺ as a means to remind oneself of the passing on from this world and onto the hereafter.

Anas narrates that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him)ﷺ said, “I forbade you to visit the graves then it appeared to me that they soften the heart, bring tears to the eyes, and remind one of the hereafter.” (Ahmad)

Abu Huraira, relates the Prophet’s words, “Visit graves, for it reminds one of his death.” (Sahih Muslim).

Etiquettes of visiting graves

When a visitor enters the cemetery one should say a general salam to all the believers and make dua, by saying:

السَّلاَمُ عَلَى أَهْلِ الدِّيَارِ مِنَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَالْمُسْلِمِينَ وَيَرْحَمُ اللَّهُ الْمُسْتَقْدِمِينَ مِنَّا وَالْمُسْتَأْخِرِينَ وَإِنَّا إِنْ شَاءَ اللَّهُ بِكُمْ لَلاَحِقُونَ

Peace be upon the inhabitants of this abode from among the Believers and the Muslims, and may Allah have mercy on those who have gone ahead of us, and those who come later on, and we shall, God willing, join you. – Sahih Muslim

Some scholars stated it is etiquette to stand facing the top of the buried person’s head. Others have said one should face the chest of the deceased, who would be facing the qibla.

One should place fresh green branches on the grave if available. It is said that the green branches of living leaves bring relief to the deceased.

One should enter and sit at the grave with serenity and no hurry, particularly if visiting anyone who had rights over them, such as parents, relatives, teachers.

One should reflect and ponder on the state of the deceased and on one’s own state. Imam al Ghazali says: “The visitor should not neglect to pray for himself and for the one deceased, or to derive a lesson. This latter may only come about through picturing the deceased in one’s heart, and the way in which his members have been scattered abroad, and how he shall be raised from his grave, and that one shall be joining him before long.” (Ihya Ulum al Din:40)

Remember in prayer!

Assalam o alaikum wa rehmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

Ramadan Series: Revive A Sunnah, Day – 26

FACING DIFFICULT TIMES? There may be times when one faces financial burdens, health issues any private/personal problems that renders one in a state of hopelessness and depression. Islam is not only a religion of peace but it also teaches positivity and strength to go through difficult times, when Allah SWT promises us, “No soul shall bear the burden of another” then why despair? Why not trust AllahSWT and ask from Him who knows every cell in our body to every plan/intention our enemy has?

The Prophet S.A.W.W said:  “Ahead of you there lie days of patience, during which being patient will be like grasping a hot coal. The one who does good deeds then will have a reward like that of fifty men who do such deeds. – And someone else added – They said: O Messenger of Allaah, the reward of fifty of them? He said: “The reward of fifty of you.” 

Narrated by Abu Dawood (4341); al-Tirmidhi (3085) and he said: it is a hasan hadeeth. It was classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in al-Silsilah al-Saheehah (494). In some reports of the hadeeth it says: “They are the ones who will revive my Sunnah and teach it to the people.” 

Lets see the duas taught to us by Prophet S.A.W.W in this regard:

Recite:

اللَّهُمَّ رَحْمَتَكَ أَرْجُو فَلَا تَكِلْنِي إِلَى نَفْسِي طَرْفَةَ عَيْنٍ وَأَصْلِحْ شَأْنِي كُلَّهُ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا أَنْتَ

“O Allah, I hope for Your mercy, do not leave me for even the duration of an eye blink (duration) and correct my total condition. Besides You there is none worthy of worship”. (Hisnul Hasin)

Alternate dua

حَسْبُنَا اللَّهُ وَنِعْمَ الْوَكِيلُ

“Allah is sufficient for us and He is the Best Guardian”. (Quran, Surah Al-Imraan)

Alternatively recite

اللَّهُ اللَّهُ رَبِّي لَا أُشْرِكُ بِهِ شَيْئَاً

“Allah is my Lord, I do not ascribe anything unto Him”. (Hisnul Hasin from Abu Dawood)

or recite

يَا حَيُّ يَا قَيُّومُ بِرَحْمَتِكَ أَسْتَغِيثُ

“O Alive and everlasting One, I beseech You by Your mercy”. (Mustadrak Hakim)

لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا أَنْتَ سُبْحَانَكَ إِنِّي كُنْتُ مِنَ الظَّالِمِينَ

“O Allah, there is none worthy of worship besides You. You are Pure, definitely I have oppressed my soul by sinning”. The Qur’an states that these words were recited when Yunus (A.S.) called upon Allah from the belly of the fish. Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.W.) stated in a hadith that when any Muslim makes this dua via these words to Allah, then Allah surely accepts his duas.(Tirmidhi)

It is stated in a hadith that

لَا حَوْلَ وَلَا قُوَّةَ إِلَّا بِاللَّهِ

is the medicine for 99 ailments, the least of which is depression. (Baihaqi in Dawatul Kubra)

It means that these words are so beneficial and useful that big/great grievances, depression and sorrow are easily removed in its stride.Abdullah bin Abbas (R.A.) narrates that Prophet Mohammad (S.A.W.) stated that “if a person constantly makes “Astaghfar”, then Allah removes every difficulty, frees him from every sorrow and makes a means for him to receive sustencance from places that he never thought of.” (Mishkat from Ahmad).

Remember in prayers!

Assalam o alaikum wa rehmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

Ramadan Series: Revive A Sunnah, Day – 25

TO WARD OFF EVIL EYE:

The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said:

“The evil eye is real, and if anything were to overtake the divine decree (Al-Qadar) it would be the evil eye.” (Muslim 2188)

The evil eye has been described as an ‘arrow’ that gushes out of the heart of the envier towards the person/object of his envy – it may hit the person and bring misfortune upon them if they do not take precautions against it, or it may miss the targeted person if he takes certain spiritual precautions and seeks Allah’s (SWT) protection

Make it a habit to recite Surah al-Falaq, Surah an-Naas and Surah al-Ikhlaas in the morning and in the evening every single day. According to a hadith:

The Prophet said:

‘Qul Hoo wAllahu Ahad’ and ‘Muwaidaitain’ [al-Falaq and an-Naas] when you enter the evening and when you wake up in the morning three times and it will protect you from everything.”(Tirmidhi 3575)

Moreover, the Holy Prophet (PBUH) also taught us several other Duas that should be recited in order to seek Allah’s (SWT) refuge from the evil that resides in this world.

Among the saheeh du’aa’s for refuge that have been narrated from the Prophet (PBUH) are:

“A’oodhu bi kalimaat Allaah al-taammaati min sharri maa khalaq” (I seek refuge in the perfect words of Allaah from the evil of that which He has created).” (Muslim 4881

It was narrated that ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) said:

“The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) commanded me, or he commanded (the people) to use ruqyah to deal with the evil eye.” (Bukhari 5297)

May Allah SWT protect us from all that coild harm us in this world and the hereafter, aameen!

Remember in prayers!

Assalam o alaikum wa rehmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

Ramadan Series: Revive A Sunnah, Day – 24

Now since we have been guests to an amazing gathering in a new town as we saw in previous post, lets see the sunnah/ duas regarding coming back from a journey….

The return is also special as it puts life back on its normal course. What was the Prophet’s conduct like when he returned from a journey?


Anas ibn Malik reports: “The Prophet never arrived home during the night. He would only come back in the morning or at the approach of the evening.” (Related by Al-Bukahri) 

Ubaydillah ibn Umar reports: “When the Prophet set on his way back home, after having been away on a military expedition or on pilgrimage or on some other purpose, he would glorify God every time he went up on high ground, saying Allah-u-Akbar, (which means God is Supreme), three times. He would then say: La ilaha illa Allah, wahdahu la shareeka lah, lahul-mulk wa lahul-hamd, wa huwa ala kulli shay’in qadeer. Ayboon, Tayboon, Abidoon, Sajidoon, Lirabbina Hamidoon. Sadaqa Allah wa’dah, wa nasar abdah, wa hazam al-ahzab wahdah. This prayer may be translated as follows: “There is no deity other than God; He is the One who has no partners; to Him belongs all kingdom and to Him is all praise due; He is the One who has power over everything. Returning we are, having repented; we worship God and prostrate ourselves before Him; and We give all praise to Him alone. God has fulfilled His promise, granting victory to His servant after having single-handedly defeated all the allied forces.”

Read the dua in between? Lets learn it now from the picture below..



Remember in prayers,

Assalam o alaikum wa rehmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

Ramadan Series: Revive A Sunnah, Day – 23

TO ENTER A NEW TOWN:



Narrated by Suhaib R.A, the Prophet Muhammad  S.A.W.W would say upon looking at the town he wishes to enter: 






اللّـهُمَّ رَبَّ السَّـمَوَاتِ السّـبْعِ وَمَا أَظْلَلْنَ، وَرَبَّ الأَرَاضِيـنَ السّـبْعِ وَما أقْلَلْنَ، وَرَبَّ الشَّيَـاطِينِ وَمَا أَضْلَلْنَ، وَرَبَّ الرِّياحِ وَمَا ذَرَيْـنَ، أَسْـأَلُـكَ خَيْـرَ هذهِ الْقَـرْيَةِ وَخَيْـرَ أَهْلِـهَا، وَخَيْـرَ مَا فِيْهَا، وَأَعُـوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَـرِّها وَشَـرِّ أَهْلِـها، وَشَـرِّ مَا فِيْهَا 





“O Allah, Lord of the seven heavens and all that they envelope, Lord of the seven earths and all that they carry, Lord of the devils and all whom they misguide, Lord of the winds and all whom they whisk away. I ask You for the goodness of this village, the goodness of its inhabitants and for all the goodness found within it and I take refuge with You from the evil of this village, the evil of its inhabitants and from all the evil found within it.”



Hadith reported by An-Nasa’i and Al-Hakim

 



Also we find the following dua,







TO SERVE GUESTS:



Let us see a few Sunnahs on how to serve our guests, and a few Sunnah for the guests to follow and also learn the Dua that guests should recite for the host serving them..



……..  Hosts all geared up?


🌸Here comes the Sunnah first!




Respect your guest
Abu Hurayrah [may Allāh Almighty be pleased with him] narrates from the Messenger of Allāh [may Allāh Almighty bless him and grant him peace], Whosoever believes in Allah, The Exalted, and the day of resurrection should respect his guest. [Imām Nawawī’s, Riyādh us Salihīn]
–》To “look after” also means to respect them and make sure they are happy and making sure you fulfil their needs.

Look after your guest
Abu Lahoos Jismi [may Allāh Almighty be pleased with him] narrates from his father, he says, ‘I asked the beloved Messenger of Allah [may Allāh Almighty bless him and grant him peace] I went to a person’s house [as a guest] and he did not look after me, he has now come to my house, shall I look after him or treat him as he treated me?’ The beloved Messenger of Allah [may Allāh Almighty bless him and grant him peace] replied, Look after him.


See the guest to the door
Abu Hurayrah [may Allāh Almighty be pleased with him] narrates from the Messenger of Allah [may Allāh Almighty bless him and grant him peace] that, The Sunnah is this, that you see your guest to the door. [Reported by Ibn Majah]

Abu Hurayrah [may Allāh Almighty be pleased with him] has related that the Messenger of Allah [may Allāh Almighty bless him and grant him peace] said, One should welcome his guest by coming out of his door and while bidding farewell should accompany him to the door of the house. [Reported by al-Bayhaqī and Ibn Majah]


The Sunnah for the Guests to follow….


Knock please!!

The companions used to knock on doors with the tips of their fingers. So when knocking, or ringing the bell, do so gently; not too soft that it couldn’t be heard, yet not too loud that it startles people. In Islam, we are allowed three attempts at the most. After the third attempt, if there is still no response, we are obligated to leave, without taking offence. It may be that the occupants of the house are out, busy, or in need of privacy.

The Prophet (SAW) said: “If you sought permission three times, and were not granted permission, then you must leave” (Bukhari and Muslim).



Bad Timing?

As Muslims, we should not be insulted at being turned away from a visit, especially if we didn’t inform them that we are coming beforehand. Rather, it would make matters less awkward for the host and more pleasant for both parties if the guest expresses understanding and apologises for the bad timing.

Allah (SWT) said, “If you were asked to go back, go back; that makes for greater purity” (An- Nur: 28).



It is up to you to eat
Jabir [may Allāh Almighty be pleased with him] narrates from the Messenger of Allāh [may Allāh Almighty bless him and grant him peace] that, Whoever is invited to a meal accept it, whether you desire to eat or not is your choice. [Imām Muslim’s, Sahih]
–》If you are not hungry it does not mean you don’t attend, but it will please the host if you at least attend but are you are not obliged to eat.

Thank you for having me! 

Long visits may be inconvenient to the host, even if it may not appear to be so. When idle talk starts to set in, it is the time to thank your host and make a graceful exit. In Ramadan, specially if you’re invited for Iftar, don’t forget to make dua for your host: “May the fasting break their fast in your home, and may the dutiful and pious eat your food, and may the angels send prayers upon you” (Abu Dawud, Ibn Majah, An Nasa’i).



❤ Lets learn the Dua now…

–》FROM THE GUEST TO THE HOST:




Remember in prayers!

Assalam o alaikum wa rehmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

Ramadan Series: Revive A Sunnah, Day – 22.

SUNNAH OF VISITING SICK:


Let’s check out the hadith regarding its virtues first, so that we can whole heartedly visit the sick bearing in mind such a beautiful reward we are given of a small gesture!

Ali bin Abu Talib (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
I heard the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) saying, “When a Muslim visits a sick Muslim at dawn, seventy thousand angels keep on praying for him till dusk. If he visits him in the evening, seventy thousand angels keep on praying for him till the morning; and he will have (his share of) reaped fruits in Jannah.”

[At- Tirmidhi].



We’re nowadays a part of a fast paced world where everything and everyone seem in a hurry, let alone visiting sick becomes a mere tiny gesture often forgotten so we usually prefer calling up or WhatsApp-ing them to ask welfare.

Why not see the basic etiquettes of visiting an ill person?
I’ll briefly state them and explain one by one:

Timing: It is important to consider what time one visits the sick. Very early morning, very late in the evening, or common nap and meal times should be avoided, so enquire first the time of visit.

Keep visits short: Don’t  overburden the sick person. It maybe that they are tired or have a need that they are too embarrassed to do with visitors around. Once a visit is fine as well, if visitor wants you to stay then feel yourself  welcome!

Take a simple gift that will cheer the ill person: Receiving gifts is always nice, but particularly so when a person is feeling low-spirited. Simply it could be anything from fruits, juice, chocolates, flowers etc. However, a gift is not necessary, the best gift still is to make du’a for the person.

Du’a: There are various supplications that can be made for the sick person (have stated them below)

Ask for du’a: One should also ask the ill person to make du’a for them, as the Prophet S.A.W.W said, “If you enter upon a sick person, then ask him to supplicate for you, for his supplication is like the supplications of the angels.” [Ibn Maja]

Fulfill a need for the sick person: One should ask the person whether there is anything they desire or need. It is said that the Prophet S.A.W.W  visited an ill person and asked, “Do you long for anything? Do you long for sweet bread (ka’k)?” The man replied, “Yes.” So they sent someone to bring some Ka’k for him. [Ibn Maja]

Make conversation: One should make light-hearted and positive conversation. Related by Ibn Maja with a weak chain, the Prophet S.A.W.W is reported to have said, “When you enter upon one who is sick, cheer him up.”

At the same time,  avoid joking too much or talking loudly.
Avoid asking too many questions about the illness, or causing any type of anxiety in the person regarding their illness.
Do not speak about bad news or events nor should one enter and draw the person into prohibited speech such as backbiting (ghiba) during the visit





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Now, let’s look at what our Prophet Muhammad S.A.W.W would practise while visiting sick:

Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her) reported:
When the Prophet (ﷺ) visited any ailing member of his family, he would touch the sick person with his right hand and would supplicate: “Allahumma Rabban-nasi, adhhibil-ba’sa, washfi, Antash-Shafi, la shifa’a illa shifa’uka, shifaan la yughadiru saqaman [O Allah! the Rubb of mankind! Remove this disease and cure (him or her)! You are the Great Curer. There is no cure but through You, which leaves behind no disease].”

[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

🌺   Here’s the dua:



Lets see another dua regarding visiting sick and reciting this over them:


Abu Sa’id Al-Khudri (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
Jibril (Gabriel) came to the Prophet (ﷺ) and said: “O Muhammad (ﷺ)! Do you feel sick?” He (ﷺ) said, “Yes.” Jibril supplicated thus (i.e., he performed Ruqyah): “Bismillahi arqika, min kulli shay’in yu’dhika, min sharri kulli nafsin aw ‘ayni hasidi, Allahu yashfika, bismillahi arqika. [With the Name of Allah. I recite over you (to cleanse you) from all that troubles you, and from every harmful mischief and from the evil of the eyes of an envier. Allah will cure you; and with the Name of Allah, I recite over you].”

[Muslim].



🌸 Here’s the dua:




Let me know your feedback if you have more info regarding this small yet meaningful practise, I would really be looking forward!

Assalam o alaikum wa rehmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

Ramadan Series: Revive A Sunnah, Day – 21

Apologies for the late post, its just some busy routine keep me extra busy!
We left our last post on the travelling Sunnah and concerned duas,

so we begin today with,


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SUNNAH OF ENTERING AND LEAVING MASJID:


Anas bin Malik, may Allah be pleased with him, said:

“From the Sunnah is that a person enters the masjid with his right foot first, and leaves the masjid with his left foot first.”

[Mustadraq al-Hakim (1/314)]





Next we come to,




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SUNNAH OF ENTERING A MARKETPLACE:



Abdullah ibn Umar reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said,

Whoever enters the market and he says, ‘There is no God but Allah, alone without any partners. To Him belong the dominion and all praise, He causes life and death. He lives and does not die, all good is in His hand, and He is powerful over all things,’ Allah will record for him thousands of good deeds, erase thousands of bad deeds, and raise him by thousands of degrees.

Source: Sunan al-Tirmidhī 3428

Grade: Hasan (fair) according to Al-Albani

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So much for today.

Remember in prayers!

Assalam o alaikum wa rehmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

Ramadan Series: Revive A Sunnah, Day – 20

Continuing the trend, let’s discuss what we do next in our routine and what shall be done according to Sunnah.

HAVING BREAKFAST:


  • Wash hands, best to do wudhu before and after eating but the hadith regarding performing wudhu are daif (weak):  It was narrated from ‘Aishah that: If the Prophet wanted to eat when he was impure, he would wash his hands. (Sunan ibn Majah, Hadith 593)
  • Sitting on the floor.
  • Eat together with everyone.
  • Before eating say, “Bismillah” or if you forget to recite then say, “Bismillah fi awwalihi wa akhirih (In the Name of Allah at the beginning and at the end)“.
  • Eat with Right hand: Umar bin Abu Salamah (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: I was a boy under the care of Messenger of Allah (ﷺ), and as my hand used to wander around in the dish, he (ﷺ) said to me once, “Mention Allah’s Name (i.e., say Bismillah), eat with your right hand, and eat from what is in front of you.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
  • And eat with 3 fingers: Ka’b bin Malik (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: I saw Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) eating with three fingers (i.e., the thumb, the index finger and the middle finger) and licking them after having finished the food. [Muslim]
  • Be grateful for what you eat, give compliments if you like food and DO NOT criticize the food. If you dislike it, then leave it and stay quiet: Narrated Abu Huraira: “The Prophet (ﷺ) never criticized any food (he was invited to) but he used to eat if he liked the food, and leave it if he disliked it” (Sahih al-Bukhari 5409 and Jami at-Tirmidhi 2031)                       Jabir (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (ﷺ) asked for sauce and was told that there was nothing except vinegar. He asked for it and began to eat from it saying, “How excellent is vinegar when eaten as sauce! How excellent is vinegar when eaten as Udm!” [Muslim]. 
  • Be moderate in eating and DO NOT waste food: Jabir reported: I heard Allah’s Apostle (ﷺ) as saying: The Satan is present with any one of you in everything he does; he is present even when he eats food; so if any one of you drops a mouthful he should remove away anything filthy on it and eat it and not leave for the devil; and when he finishes (food) he should lick his fingers, for he does not know in what portion of his food the blessing lies. (Sahih Muslim 2033 d)
  • At the end, say your thanks to Allah SWT: Anas b. Malik reported that Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said: Allah is pleased with His servant who says: Alhamdulilah! (all praise be to Allah) while taking a morsel of food and while drinking. (Sahih Muslim 2734 a).



LEAVING HOME:
  • Leaving with the following Supplication:  


بِسْمِ اللهِ ، تَوَكَّلْتُ عَلَى اللهِ
وَلَا حَوْلَ وَلَا قُوَّةَ إِلَّا بِاللهِ

“In the Name of Allah, I place my trust in Allah,
and there is no might or power except with Allah.”



It will then be said to the one who says this, “You have been sufficed and have been protected and Shaytan has retreated.” [Abu Daw’oud, the Book of Good Manners, Hadeeth # 5095]



Sunnah way of leaving home?

  • As for entering or leaving the house with the right foot first, the Maaliki scholar Khaleel ibn Is-haaq, regarding the etiquette of entering the bathroom, said, “It is recommended to enter with the left foot and leave with the right foot, unlike entering and leaving the mosque and house.” There is no specific evidence for this; rather, it is based on the general statement of ‘Aaishah (May Allah SWT be pleased with herl who said, “The Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, loved to start with the right side in all his affairs; in wearing his sandals, in combing (his hair) and in performing ablution.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
  • It is however recommended of you are entering a place of less barakah then enter with left foot first, or if entering in a place of more barakah then enter with right foot first.
ALLAH SWT KNOWS BEST!



WHILE TRAVELLING:

–》 It would be better to stay in a state of wudhu of you’re travelling, no matter a short or long distance. If travelling for a long distance and staying in another place for sometime: Pray two Rakaah before leaving house, hadith regaridng this is as follows:

Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. mentioned: “When you leave your house, perform two raka’at and this will safeguard you against evils. When you return home, perform another two raka’at and this will safeguard you against evils.” – Hadith reported by Al-Bazzar and al-Bayhaqi.
Imam An-Nawawi mentioned in his book ‘Al-Majmu’ that, in performing this prayer, it is recommended to recite Surah Al-Kafirun after the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah in the first raka’at and to recite Surah Al-Ikhlas after the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah in the second raka’at, respectively.


Do not be extravagant in your preps and expenses, ensure to bid farewell to your loved ones, clear your debts and other responsibilities, setting the right foot first while entering the vehicle or any place of stay , these are included in the etiquette of travelling.

–》It is recommended to supplicate upon riding a vehicle as recommended by Prophet Muhammad S.A.W.W by saying:


بِسْـمِ اللهِ وَالْحَمْـدُ لله، سُـبْحَانَ الَّذِي سَخَّـرَ لَنَا هَذَا وَمَا كُنّا لَهُ مُقْـرِنين
وَإِنّا إِلى رَبِّنا لَمُنـقَلِبُون 


“Bismillah, Walhamdulillah. Subhanal-ladzi sakh-khara lana hadza wa ma kunna lahu muqrinin. Wa inna ila Rabbina lamun-qalibun.” 
“In the name of Allah and all praise is for Allah. How perfect He is, the One Who has placed this (transport) at our service and we ourselves would not have been capable of that, and to our Lord is our final destiny.”

(Abu Daud and At-Tirmidzi)


–》When entering a new place:
Khaulah bint Hakim reported that the Prophet said: “Whosoever alights somewhere and says: ‘A’udhu bikalimatil laahit tammati min sharri maa khalaq (I seek refuge with the Perfect Words of Allah from the evil of what He has created), nothing will harm him until he leaves that place. (Muslim)




So much for today!

Tired already?
We’ll come back tomorrow for another 10 mims read. May Allah SWT bless us the true guidance and ability to follow these Sunnah and spread them for awareness. Ameen

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Assalam o alaikum wa rehmatullahi wa barakatuhu!