12 Importance of Sunnah in Muslim Life
Sunnah is a way that Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam and his companions do, both science, belief, speech, action or decision.
Applying the sunnah of Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam is the inevitability of every Moslems. Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala affirms in His word, which means :
“There has certainly been for you in the Messenger of Allah an excellent pattern for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Last Day and [who] remembers Allah often.” (Q.S. Al-Ahzab : 21)
Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam is the best paragon for Moslems. So, if we want to be a believer, we must follow Qur’an and his sunnah. In this chance, this article will discuss about importance of sunnah in Muslim life. Please check it out.
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- It is Shari’a for Moslems
The sunnah of Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam is everything that come from Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam, both his speech, his actions or his decisions. All of those are addressed as Shari’a for Moslems in the world. [See the Muqaddimah Book “al-Haditsu hujjatun binafsihi fil ‘aqa-idi wal ahkaam” page 13]
- Get reward
From ‘Amr bin ‘Auf bin Zaid al-Muzani radhiyallahu ‘anhu, Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam said, “Whoever activate one sunnah from my sunnah, then it is applied by human, then he will get (reward) like the reward of people who apply it, without reducing the reward of them little.” [Narrated by Ibn Majah (number 209), there is a weakness in its sanad, but this hadith is strengthened by another narrations that have same meaning, because of that Syaikh al-Albani was validated in the book “Shahih Ibn Majah” (number 173)]
- Be the best Moslem
If we apply every sunnah of Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam, we will be the best Moslems. As it is explained in the hadith from Imam Muhammad bin Ismail al-Bukhari.
He said, “The best Moslem is someone who activate the sunnah of Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam who has been left (human), then be patient O the lover of sunnah (Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam), because indeed you are those who the least numerous.” [Imam al-Khatib al-Baghdadi in the Boook “al-Jaami’ li akhlaaqir raawi” (1/168)]
- Get two virtues
People who activate the sunnah of Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam will get two virtues at once. They are the virtue of applying that sunnah and the virtue of activating it in the middle human who have forgotten it.
- Guide you to ash-shirathal mustaqim
Allah Ta’ala praises all behaviors of the Prophet Muhammad Shallallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam and He is called him as “The good paragon”.
It is showed that people who follow the sunnah of Rasulullah saw has passed ash-shiratul mustaqim (the straightway) that will bring them to get glory and blessings of Allah Ta’ala.
- Get tawfik of Allah Ta’ala
Syaikh Abdurrahman as-Sa’di when he explained the meaning of Wur’an surah Al-Ahzab verse 21 above, he said,
“This good paragon (Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam), that will get tawfik (from Allah Ta’ala) to follow him is only people who hope (blessings) of Allah and (reply the kindness) in the Dommsday. Becaus (the perfectness) faith, the fear of Allah, and the hope of replying kindness and the fear of Allah’s torment, these are motivating someone to follow (sunnah) Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam.” [The Book of Taisiirul Kariimir Rahmaan page 481]
- Get mahabbatullah (The love of Allah Ta’ala)
One way to close to Allah Ta’ala is doing all things that He recommend to us. So we will get His love. Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala said,
“Say, [O Muhammad], “if you should love Allah, then follow me, [so] Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.” (Q.S. Ali Imran : 31)
In the verse above, Allah SWT affirms reply for whoever follow the sunnah of Rasulullah saw, He will love them.
- Cover the lack of obligatory deeds
There is only a little human who can do the command of Allah Ta’ala perfectly because it is something that hard to get it. There must be a weakness in the implementation of doing obligations.
For example, we are less solemn to do the daily five prayers, our fasting are tarnished by ghibah, namimah and others. Those things can decrease the value and reward of a believer. But, the grace and mercy of Allah Ta’ala are very wide. He makes nafilah (sunnah worship) to cover the lack of obligatory deeds.
- As an assurance of salvation from bid’ah
Al-Imam az-Zuhri rahimahullah effirmed, “In the past, our Ulama said, ‘hold on as –Sunnah is a safety’.” (Narrated by ad-Darimi number 97). Its means that It can safe us from all fallacy and apostasy.
The biggest is the safety from bid’ah that can bring us to the bridge of infidelity. As the word of al-Imam Malik rahimahullah, “As-Sunnah is like Nuh’s ship. Whoever board ir, save; whoever left from it, damn!.”
- Avoid from division
Indeed, if Moslems hold on the sunnah of Rasulullah saw, they will not fall into confilct that can cause division between them. Syaikhul Islam Ibnu Taimiyah said, “Bid’ah is always accompanied by division, as that sunnah is always accompanied by unity.” (Al-Istiqamah 1/42)
Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala also says : “And do not be like the ones who became divided and differed after the clear proofs had come to them. And those will have a great punishment.” (Q.S Ali Imran : 105)
- One way to honor the symbols of Allah
In this case, Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala says, “That [is so]. And whoever honors the symbols of Allah, it is from the piety of hearts.” (Q.S. Al-Hajj : 32).
Between the most glorious symbol of Allah SWT is sunnah of Rasulullah saw. So that, if we take care and spread it to others, it is a form of exaltation and honor those symbols that can raise people who have the piety of hearts.
- Be granted your dua
Whoever close to Allah Azza Wa Jalla, they will get love from Him. And if the love of Allah has been reached, your dua will be granted by Him. As the hadith from Abu Hurairah, Rasulullah saw said,
“Indeed Allah said : “Whoever against My Messenger, then I has announced a war to him. No thing that I prefer from a servant who close to Me, except he does things that I command to him. And indeed My servant [with a reason] always close to Me with sunnah deeds, I also love him.
Then if I have loved him, I become his listener that hear him. I become his eyes that he sees with it. I become his hand that he hits with it.
I become his foot that he walks on it. If he asks Me, I will grant it. If he asks protection from Me, then I will protect him. If he refuses something that he hates, I will do it. And that believer hates bad death, then I will avoid from him.” (Narrated by Bukhari)
Thus the article about importance of sunnah in muslim life. Hopefully we always do His commands and follow the sunnah of Rasulullah saw. So that, we can always be in the right way. Amen.
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