Importance of the Sunnah of Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him)
Below are excerpts taken from the sayings of the Salaf (Pious
Predecessors) on the
importance of following the Sunnah of the Beloved and Holy Prophet (sallallahu
As one Shaykh I know said......
"The Prophet is 'everything' (for a person)
- without the Prophet (sallallahu 'alahi wasallam) there is NOTHING!"
(So increase your salawat/Durood upon him!)
Please make Dua for all our brothers and sisters that, Allah Ta'ala bestows
his Grace upon us, and in that we may begin to lead our lives in accordance to
the Will of Allah Ta'ala, and follow the Blessed Footsteps of the Holy Prophet
(sallallahu 'alahi wasallam)! And also that we may act upon that which we
learn and read about.
He says, “Merit and recompense depend upon
conforming to the Sunnah and excess
of reward and recompense on executing the Shari'ah. For example, the
siesta, which may be according to the Sunnah and with the intention of
conforming to the Sunnah, is superior to billions of vigils that may not be in
accordance with the Sunnah. Similarly, not to fast on the day of Eid al-Fitr -
which has been ordered by the Shari'ah - is superior to continuous fasting
that may be contrary to the Shari'ah.
To give a farthing in charity in pursuance of the Legislator's order
is superior to spending a mountain of gold by one's own desire."
In another letter he says that, “The spending of a single dirham
by way of zakat, which has been ordered by the Shari'ah, is better and more
useful for self-violence (Infliction of wound on one self for better of soul
like inesiverness of a surgeon) than the spending of thousands of dinars (gold
coins) through one's own desire. To eat on the day of Eid-al-Fitr in
with the order of Shari'ah, is better rather than fasting for years for
suppressing desires on oneself. And to say the two rak'ahs of Fajr prayer with
the congregation, which is one of the Sunnahs, is much better than one's
supererogatory (nafl) prayers throughout the night and say the Fajr prayer
alone without the congregation.”
Hazrat Hasan Bin Ali's (Radi Allahu anhu) Statement:-
He says that no statement is correct without action,
and no statement and action are correct without the right intention and no
statement and action and intention are correct without accordance to the
He said, "Gentlemen! Correct your affiliation with
the Holy Prophet (sallallahu 'alahi wasallam). For whoever’s conformance to
him becomes right, his affiliation too becomes right.
And without conforming your saying, that you are one of his ummah, is
beneficial for you. When you become his follower in all his sayings and deeds,
you will have the good fortune of being his companion on the Day of Judgement.
Have you not heard the Most Glorious Allah's statement that,
'whatever the messenger giveth you, take it; and
whatsoever he forbiddeth, abstain (from it).’ (LIX:7)
So carry out whatever he orders you and abstain from whatever he
forbids you. Surely you will become proximate to Allah Ta'ala in the world,
regard to your hearts, and will be near to Him in the Hereafter, with regard
your bodies and persons.”
Hazrat Umar Bin Abdul Aziz's (Rahmatullah 'alaih) Statement:-
He said: "To adopt carefully the ways of the Holy
Prophet (sallallahu 'alahi wasallam) and after him his successors, is to
confirm in Allah's Book and to obey Him; and this is the power of religion. Neither
has anyone the right to change them nor to amend them nor is anyone's opposing
opinion worthy of consideration. Whoever follows them is a guided person and
whoever acquires help from these things is successful. Whoever does contrary
to them and adopts a path other than that of the believers; Allah Most
Glorious will not let him act on his adopted path and
will throw him into Hell which is a very bad abode!'
Shaykh Abul Hasan Khirqani (Rahmatullah 'alaih):-
He says: "The Holy Prophet's (sallallahu 'alahi
wasallam) heir is the one who follows him and not one who merely blackens
paper." (Writes volumes).
Khwaja Nizamuddin Awliya (Rahmatullah 'alaih):-
He says, "There ought to be firmness and steadiness
in following and conforming
to the Holy Prophet (sallallahu 'alahi wasallam); and let no praiseworthy act
(mustahab) and good manner (adab) be missed."
Abdullah Bin Muhriz's (Rahmatullah 'alaih) Statement:-
He stated, “Religion will depart as the Sunnahs go
into disuse one by one, as
the rope is broken when all its twists are open.”
Mu'ammir Bin Sulaiman Taimi's (Rahmatullah 'alaih) Statement:-
He says, “I went to the presence of my father. I was
disconsolate at the time.
He asked me, ‘How are you feeling?’ I replied that a friend of mine had
He asked me, ‘Did he die on the way of the Sunnah?’ I said yes. He said,
Abdullah Bin Shauzab's (Rahmatullah 'alaih) Statement:-
He says: "When a young man is inclined towards
Allah, it will be great bounty
upon him that Allah may acquaint him with virtuous and stable people in the
path of sunnah so that young soul may be raised in the traditions of
May Allah Ta'ala Grant us the abilty to observe and remain steadfast
in following and implementing the sunnah if Habib-e-Mustafa (sallallahu 'alahi
wasallam), wherever we go.