5 Simple Sunnahs You Ought To Be Doing

5 Simple Sunnahs

Are you ready to become a better Muslim? Do you think you can be a much better Muslim and a stronger believer than what you currently are?

If you’re ready to take your faith to the next level, then take a few minutes to ponder this hadith:

Allah said: My servant does not draw nearer to Me with anything more beloved to me than with the obligatory actions (in Islam).

And My servant continues to draw near to me with voluntary acts so that I love him. When I love him, I am his hearing that he hears with, his seeing he sees with, his hand he strikes with and his foot he walks with.

Were he to ask of Me, I would surely give it to him and were he to seek refuge in Me, I will surely give him refuge.

What Does This Hadith Mean?

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Allah loves it when we fulfill the obligatory things He has ordained on us. These are things like:

This is not an exhuastive list. There are many other things that Allah has ordained upon us. And a Muslim who is trying to get closer to Allah will do his or her best to fulfill these obligations.

But we all go through our weak moments in faith. When these weak moments happen, we may slack off on these mandatory Islamic duties. That’s why we should also perform some voluntary (Sunnah) acts as well. That way, when we go through these weak moments, we’ll slack off on the voluntary acts and continue doing the mandatory ones.

With this in mind, here are 5 simple Sunnahs you can do that will, Inshallah, bring you closer to Allah.

It should go without saying that before we begin trying to implement these Sunnah acts, it is important that we are already doing all of the mandatory acts in Islam.

1. Doing Dhikr (remembrance) of Allah after the mandatory prayers.

The Messenger of Allah has recommended that we say:

  • Subhanallah (Glory to Allah) 33 times.
  • Alhamdulillah (Thanks and praise be to Allah) 33 times.
  • Allahu Akbar (Allah is greater) 33 times.

2. Making two Rakah (units) of prayer before Salaatul Fajr (the Dawn prayer).

It is actually highly recommended that we make two rakat before the Dawn prayer. The following hadith confirms the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) used to make this prayer also.

What is your opinion about the two Rakat before the Fajr (compulsory) prayer, as to prolonging the recitation in them?” He said, “The Prophet (p.b.u.h) used to pray at night two Rakat followed by two and so on, and end the prayer by one Raka Witr. He used to offer two Rakat before the Fajr prayer immediately after the Adhan.

This prayer can be very quick and light. And since it’s only two rakat, it is very easy to begin this practice.

3. Return the Salaam (greetings) with something greater.

As mentioned above, it is mandatory to return the greetings of peace in Islam. So when someone says “As-Salaamu Alaikum,” you must reply “Wa Alaikum Salaam.”

But that is the minimum. It is better if we go a step beyond that. So you can return the greetings by saying “Wa Alaikumus Salaam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu.”

This is a very easy action to do that spreads love amongst the Muslims and only takes a few seconds.

4. Clipping the fingernails

Keeping your fingernails short and neat is general cleanliness. Even many non-Muslims do their best to maintain short, clean fingernails. So it is even more incumbent for us Muslims to practice this simple sunnah.

You should clip your fingernails every two weeks, and at the very most, once every forty days. Like the other actions listed above, this is a simple act that only takes a few minutes and doesn’t have to be done often.

5. Say Bismillah before eating.

Eating is something we do every day. In fact, we often eat several times a day. It is such an easy thing to simply recite the name of Allah before eating and gain a few extra blessings.

Therefore, before you start to eat any meal, even if it’s just a date, say ‘Bismillah” (in the Name of Allah). The Prophet (peace be upon him) used to do this all the time and it doesn’t take much work. This is such a simple act, that we have no excuse not do it. In fact, saying the basmallah is common in most Muslim cultures.

There are many more really simple sunnahs (traditions) of the Prophet (peace be upon him) that we can work into our daily lives. There are also some that may be a little more difficult. The important thing is to do the ones that are easy for you and stick with them.

Inshallah, with time you’ll be able to move towards the more difficult sunnahs.

Can you suggest any other easy sunnahs? If you can think of any, please post them in the comments below. Inshallah, you’ll receive reward for anyone who follows your advice.

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29 Responses to 5 Simple Sunnahs You Ought To Be Doing

  1. very nice simple things. Could you share something on children upbringing particularly with reference to salat, good habits etc

  2. SubhanALLAH, such easy ways to get near to ALLAH 😀

    And yes, most easy of all sunnah is to SMILEE at your fellow Muslim 🙂
    So heres a smile to all my muslim sisters! Love you all! 🙂

  3. Masha Allah love them all and there “sadaqa” not only by giving money or food smiling is form of sadaqa too in sha Allah.may Allah reward you

  4. salaam,

    can you share some inputs on the effects of not praying Fajr salaah ?

    How can we prepare ourselves to get up early to perform fajr salah everyday ….

    I would really appreciate ur help ..

    I really get a lot knowledge by visiting ur blog everyday Jazakallah for sharing …

    Keep up the good job 🙂

    Regards,
    Arshiya,
    India.

    • Wa Alaikum Salaam Sister Arshiya,

      The most important result of not praying Salaatul Fajr is sin and punishment from Allah. This punishment may come in this life, or the next life, or both.

      But also, it may lead to us not having our duas and prayers answered because we have angered Allah or we have not trained out minds and bodies to submit to Allah’s commands.

      Some advice for getting up for Salaatul Fajr include: going to bed early, watching less television and movies, making Tahajjud, reading Quran often, and reflecting on the power and might of Allah.

      If other readers have more advice, please share them.

    • Salam.. Sister, me, myself is also not a regular Practicer of fazr salah, bt i wish to advice you… Fazar Salah nd Isha Salah, dis 2 salhs r very heavy on a person, heavy in terms means avoidable or laziness or hard.. Nd as per d Prophet Muhammad (PBUH, d one escaping Isha Salah can b refer as a munafiq.. which is such very shameful..If you offer ur Isha Salah on tym den dua fr Fazar Salah too.. This is very useful.. In d case, have an intention fr fazar salah nd make a dua..Inshallah dis cn b very helpful… Nd ur salahs will protect you from sins (sin= escaping salah) fr sure, hv an intention den allah swt will make you offer.. Nd pls sry ha fr such a big rply.. sry

    • Walaikkum asalam wa rahamatullahi wa barakatuhu I’d suggest few simple steps go to bed soon after isha make wudhu (ablution) before going to sleep turn to right n recite dua have the intention to wake up for Fajr it wil be a Lil difficult initially but if u practice it for few days Insha’Allah u wil be on track May Allah subhana wu’taala protect us from shaytan n guide us thru right path Jazak’Allah khair

  5. Assalam Aleykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatu, Inshallah i will add on this when you greet you husband or your wife Assalam Aleykum is good to shake his/her hand. because shaking your spouse hand it clease your sin too.But note that not any woman or any man just your husband or wife.

  6. ASALAM WALAYKOM WARAHMATULLAH BARAKATUHU!! SO IF YOU ARE A MUSLIM THAT HAS ANTI MUSLIMS FAMILY AGAINST ISLAM AS A LACK OF UNDERSTANDING ISLAM……AND TOO MUCH INCOSIDERTATE AND NOT WILLING TO UNDERSTAND ISLAM WHAT DO YOU DO? HELP ME BROTHERZ AND MA SISTERS

  7. ASALAM WALAYKOM WARAHMATULLAH BARAKATUHU!! brother sister , i think another thing that should be include is that saying the dhu after wudu whose ever recites this the 7 heaven will be open for them

  8. Asaalam wa’alaikum,

    One good sunnah is Qiyaamul-layl and/or tahajjud. For those who wish to push their selves even closer to Allah(swt), (which ultimately, I believe we are all striving to do), this is a very good step as this was a frequent sunnah of Rasulullah(saw). When implemented, it really assists your deen!

    Qiyaamul-layl is normally done anytime after the isha prayer, and can consist of either dhikr (remembrance of Allah(swt)), reading and reciting qur’an, nafl salaah and so forth. Anything which ultimately is focused on Allah(swt).

    Tahajjud is normally done within the last portion of the night and the sunnah is normally 12 raka’ahs (including the witr salaah).

    It should be noted that there are some scholarly differences about whether tahajjud and qiyam-ul-layl are actually different. But interpreted literally, qiyaam means standing and layl means night. Essentially – standing at night within prayer. The word ‘Tahajjud’ is derived from the arabic word ‘hajjada’ meaning awakening at night, hence why normally people go to sleep then awake for the last portion of the night to pray tahajjud. Allahu A’lam though – Allah knows best.

    May Allah(swt) make it easy for us to do this insha’Allah

    Jazakallah khayrn!

  9. Assalam u alaikum, A very informative article, I hope you’ll be writing more. I suggest that you classify the sunnats such as drinking, sleeping etc.

    I have a few sunnats to share:
    -washing and rinsing hands and mouth BEFORE and AFTER meals.
    -keeping one third of the stomach empty.
    -drinking while sitting and in three separate sips.
    -drinking the leftover water after ablution.
    -sitting for a while without any glorification after the second sajdah of first and third rakats

  10. You could try walking to the mosque for Juamh every Friday. Each step you take can lead to eradication of a sin. Wearing your best clothes on Friday, arriving there early and making 2 rakat before you sit down every time you enter the mosque

  11. As salamu alaikum varahmatullahi vabarakatuhu! Jazakallahu khaira for the hadees and the ways of earning the reward and getting close to Allah! While reading I found one typo in the word “Bismillah” as “Basmallah” please do correct it!
    This is where it went wrong :
    In fact, saying the basmallah is common in most Muslim cultures.
    Jazakallahu khaira!

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