بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
“…Rasulallah s.a.w. gave us a sermon by which our hearts were filled with fear and tears came to our eyes. So we said: O Messenger of Allah! It is as though this is a farewell sermon, so counsel us.
He s.a.w. said, “I counsel you to have taqwa of Allah, and to listen and obey [your leader], even if a slave were to become your ameer.
Verily he among you who lives long will see great controversy, so you must keep to my Sunnah and to the Sunnah of the Khulafa ar-Rashideen (the rightly guided caliphs), those who guide to the right way. CLING TO IT STUBBORNLY [literally: with your molar teeth]. Beware of newly invented matters [in the religion], for verily every bid’ah (innovation) is misguidance.”
[Reference : 40 Hadith Nawawi 28; http://sunnah.com/nawawi40/28%5D
Alhamdulillah the Twins of Faith 2013 (The Sunnah The Better) was truly eye-opening as it addressed one of the key aspects that we tend to take lightly and that is the Sunnah of Rasulallah s.a.w. which has been swept away by the tide of cultural norms and innovations.
This note is not comprehensive, but here are some summarized key-takeaway lessons and questions to ponder that I personally feel important:
1. Our beloved Rasulallah s.a.w., the best of mankind, told us to follow and adhere to authentic hadith strictly. So we should not do certain things that aren’t within the Sunnah just because so and so said so. Why do we follow blindly the culture norms just because the generations of old did so? Wasn’t that what the Jahiliyyah used to say?
“We found our fathers following a certain way and religion, and we will indeed follow their footsteps.” [Az-Zukhruf 43:22]
2. We will never, ever, ever, ever be able to claim that we love Rasulallah s.a.w. as much and sincere as how the Companions r.a. loved him. The Companions gave their wealth, heart and soul to him s.a.w. for the sake of Allah s.w.t. but we must come to the realization that the Companions never did some of the acts that we do today.
So if we truly love Rasulallah s.a.w., then revive and implement his Sunnah and learn his seerah as part of our daily routine, not reduce it to a yearly event. If we truly love Rasulallah s.a.w., we have to seek knowledge from our scholars so that we are able to distinguish Sunnah from culture norms, bi’ithnillah.
3. The GPS to Jannah = the Quran and Sunnah. Full stop.
“…The truest of word is the Book of Allah and best of guidance is the guidance of Muhammad (s.a.w.). The worst of things are those that are newly invented; every newly-invented thing is an innovation and every innovation is going astray, and every going astray is in the Fire.”
[Reference: Sunan an-Nasa’i 1578; re: http://sunnah.com/nasai/19/23%5D
4. There are so many simple-to-do Sunnah that we can implement in our daily lives – from the moment we open our eyes – du’a when we wake up, entering the bathroom – and all the way until we return to our home and bed to sleep. With the advent of technology, it is easier to have these du’a references in our homes. The ToF speakers suggested that everyone must have the following in their households:
a) The Fortress of Muslim
b) 1000 Sunnah
All the above can be downloaded as apps too. I remember Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan, from many of his Ramadhan sessions, kept reminding us to make it a daily or weekly habit to memorize a du’a or two and implement them; and they will gradually be part and parcel of our everyday routine. They are so simple yet add so much weight to the scale of good deeds!
What I would also love to encourage is to also have a copy of Wirid Rasulallah s.a.w. Pagi dan Petang by Dr Abdullah Yasin – a compact book based on authentic hadith and also contains the fadhilat of each adhkar; it is a book I feel no one should go without.
This is something personal that everyone should really strive for. May Allah s.w.t. make us of those who are always guided and those who will receive Rasulallah’s s.a.w. interception on the Day of Judgment.
Say (O Muhammad s.a.w. to mankind): “If you (really) love Allah then follow me (i.e. accept Islamic Monotheism, follow the Qur’an and the Sunnah), Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”
[Ali Imran 3:31]