Six Forgotten Sunnahs

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Written by: Mahnoor Arif

We are leading busy lives. We go by our routines and do not bother to go beyond them. We perform our fardh salahs and pray the sunnah prayers but do not deem it important to look beyond the word ‘sunnah’ out of prayer context. There are some very simple tasks that require very little effort but they help us get extra reward by incorporating sunnah acts in our daily routine.

Using Miswak

It seems like something very trivial but this is the first thing we do when we wake up. If we try to replace the habit of using a toothbrush and toothpaste and try to incorporate using a miswak instead, that’s one step towards a very beloved sunnah and a healthy dental life.

This article tells us about the therapeutic effects of using miswak as a daily habit. It has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-carcinogenic properties and changes the composition of saliva for the better in its long term use. [1]

It was so beloved to our Holy Prophet S.A.W.W. that this one of his last acts before dying. He wanted to make it a compulsory act for the believers to follow after him but he didn’t, to make ease for the ummah. [Reported by al-Bukhaari, 2/299 and Muslim, 1/151]

Using the right hand to do everything

Prophet S.A.W.W. made it a point to do everything from his right hand and this is something which is easy to implement for us in our daily habits. We can consciously start using our right hand for eating, stepping inside the room, handing over money to someone, or passing a plate.

The Prophet (ﷺ) used to like to start from the right side on wearing shoes, combing his hair and cleaning or washing himself and on doing anything else. Sahih al-Bukhari 168

Dusting off one’s bed before sleeping

Again, a very simple thing to do, but the benefit is great i.e., dusting off one’s bed before sleeping. One may call it a good grooming tip and the reward of it being a sunnah isn’t small as well. Right before you crash, just make it a habit to dust off your bed lightly in order to protect yourself from any bed bugs or harmful insects.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “When one of you goes to his bed, let him dust off his bed with the inside of his lower garment, for he does not know what came onto it after he left it. Al-Bukhaari (6320) and Muslim (2714)

Maintaining good relationships through simple acts

Good relationships are key to a healthy life. No amount of wealth can replace the absolute wealth of a healthy mind and body in one’s life.

Robert Waldinger – a psychiatrist directing the Harvard Study of Adult Development concluded in one of his most comprehensive studies of emotional well-being,

“Good relationships keep us happier and healthier. Period.” [2]

There are many examples that we get from the sunnah of Prophetic life where he managed multiple roles while being extremely good in his manners to the people. Acts as simple as smiling, turning your face completely towards a person while talking, avoiding long arguments, and having a forgiving heart would make all the difference.


A simple act of smile can quickly shift your’s and your partner’s mood resulting in a reward equal to as if you did charity.

Your smiling in the face of your brother is charity.” [Tirmidhi – 1956]

Using small and precise sentences

A lot of the issues aggravate when we get into lengthy details. It is advised from the sunnah as well to avoid such discussions and instead be concise in our statements.

“I have been given superiority over the other prophets in six respects: I have been given words which are concise but comprehensive in meaning;… “ Muslim 523a

This Productive Muslim article sheds further light on how effective communication peeks its way through certain actions of sunnah and how easy are they to blend in our daily lives.[3]

There are many other sunnah acts such as helping in household chores, starting everything in the name of Allah, playing with kids, and several other manners on preferring the children when eating and so on. One can start implementing some and it will help in exploring further and building a healthy sunnah environment at one’s home. Through all of these acts, it is not difficult to see why that society was transformed in a matter of years and we struggle to transform our mere selves all our lives. The change will start with us!

[1] Haque, M. M., & Alsareii, S. A. (2015). A review of the therapeutic effects of using miswak (Salvadora Persica) on oral health. Saudi medical journal, 36(5), 530–543. https://doi.org/10.15537/smj.2015.5.10785

[2] https://www.inc.com/justin-bariso/an-80-year-harvard-study-says-this-1-thing-will-make-you-happier-healthier.html

[3] https://productivemuslim.com/sunnah-communicate-effectively/

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