Imam Awza’i رحمه الله narrates the following regarding the status of the Sunnah,
“انها تقضي عليه و تبين المراد منه
The Sunnah determines and expounds the meaning of the Quran..”
Hadhrat Aaishah رضي الله عنها was once requested to elaborate on the character of Nabi ﷺ. She respnded to the questioner by saying, “Do you not recite the Qur’an?”
She was indicating to the fact that Nabi ﷺ was a ‘living Qur’an’. This further implies that by following the Sunnah of Nabi ﷺ, one is actually following the Qur’an. However, we find people with modern ideas who only follow the Quran or the Sunnah. Qur’an and Sunnah go hand in hand, Allah Ta’ala says in the Qur’an, “And obey Allah and His Messenger ( ﷺ)….”
Imam Ghazali رحمه الله writes,
“Remember well O reader, that the key to all good fortune is to follow the Sunnah of Rasulullah ﷺ in all matters, be it his movements, actions, method of eating, sleeping, or talking. In doing so we would be truly following Nabi ﷺ. I do not say that it is essential only to follow him as far as his method of worship is concerned, as there is no justification for abandoning his blessed example in all other matters.”
Deen is easy. Deen is simple. But it is us who make it difficult… we go against the Sunnah in many aspects and we show a no care attitude towards this…The Sunnah of simplicity in Nikah has been abandoned for extravagance hence the high rate of divorce. It is very sad to say but even eating with one’s hands are being looked down at. I recall few instances when people cleaned the bowl with one’s fingers to eat up the leftover food etc or dessert, and people think that you are desiring more or being greedy, but this is part of Sunnah. The utensil makes dua for you.
Hadhrat Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه narrates that Nabi ﷺ said,
“The person who holds on to my Sunnah when my Ummah is caught up in temptations of this world, will recieve the reward of a hundred martyrs.”
By reviving a Sunnah that is no longer practiced upon, or not even regarded as a Sunnah any more, one will In Sha Allah, recieve the reward of a hundred martyrs.
Nowadays marriages are generally not contracted and performed according to the Sunnah, to the extent that even people with religious backgrounds have abandoned the Sunnah procedure. In this instance, a person who revives the Sunnah will recieve this great reward.
Hadhart Anas رضي الله عنه narrates that Nabi ﷺ said, “The person who loves my Sunnah loves me, and the one who loves me will be with me in Jannah.”
A person’s love for Allah is measured by the degree of Sunnah in his life, as Allah says,
“If you love Allah, then follow me (i.e Muhammed ﷺ)”
[Surah Aale Imraan]
Allah Ta’ala also says:
O this who believe, obey Allah and obey His Messenger ﷺ and do not turn away from him (i.e Muhammed ﷺ)
Imam Malik رحمه الله said:
“The example of the Sunnah is like the Ark of Nooh عليه السلام. Whoever boarded the ark was saved and whoever abandoned it, was vanquished,”
Shaykh Abdul Qadir Jilani رحمه الله said:
“The basis of all goodness lies in following the words and deeds of Nabi ﷺ.”
Imam Awza’i رحمه الله relates that once he dreamt of Allah. He asked Allah to grant gim death in the state of Iman, and Allah instructed him to supplicate for a death in the condition where together with Iman, he was practicing on the Sunnah as well.
O Allah! Make it such that when our names are presented to Nabi ﷺ he becomes pleased with us and not angry…
O Allah! Grant us death in Madinah Munawwarah in a condition that You are pleased with us, with Iman and whilst we are carrying out the Sunnah of Nabi ﷺ….
~Miss Muslimah ~ Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah ~