Forever wanting to inject more peace into my life I’ve longed to add more sunnah into my day to day life.
What the what now?
Its not the latest trending vegan lifestyle, no.
Sun-nah is the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). The prophetic practices have been meticulously recorded and preserved for over 1400 years. Muhammad (peace be upon him) is undoubtedly the most well documented figure in history. The way he sat, talked, walked, ate, drank slept to even the way he brushed his teeth was all recorded and past down from generation to generation. Why? Because he embodied the quranic teachings, he was the best of mankind in his noble character. From the way he dealt with youngsters, to the way he spoke to world leaders, to the way he spoke to those who insulted him, to the way he took care of the elderly, sick and poor. He endured extreme hardships, orphaned at a young age, loss of successive guardians, children and wife to being boycotted facing poverty, starvation, fear, insult, doubt all the emotions that we face with today. 1400 years seems like a long time and an outdated perspective to look up to but the human being and its emotions and how we react have not changed. We as a race and our biological make up has not changed we are the same regardless if we are in the desert or on the moon. Muhammed (peace be upon him) embodied peace and compassion and the middle path in every single very human encounter he had but he had a uniquely simple and humble approach to them. His message was to convey mercy and bring people together to the oneness we all posses.
So my 30 day challenge is to practice what the Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) left behind to humanity his everyday simple practices. To remind people what it really means to be muslim and be proud followers of his legacy.
So lets get started.
Day 1. Smile 🙂 yep its that easy. Smiling is a charity in Islam meaning you get rewarded for it. It costs nothing nor does it take up any of your time. However its impact is huge on peoples lives. So go ahead turn that frown upside down. Simples.
Day 2. Give greetings to those that you know and don’t know. Spread Salam! Salam is the islamic greeting which literally means to wish others peace. Greet your neighbours and colleagues when you see them don’t avoid eye contact, smile (see day 1) and greet there you go you’ve got this!
Day 3. Give to the needy. Go out and find someone, an organisation or a family member that needs help whether it by donation or by giving some time or expertise. Reach out to people. People need people and you might not realise it but your soul needs it too.
Day 4. Show love to your parents. It can be difficult to keep in touch with our parents due to our busy schedules but we should carve out time for things and people who should be a priority in our lives, such as our children and spouse, so to are our parents. They may not need our constant presence but shoot a text, a video a call or a visit whenever it is possible. If not daily, fix up a time weekly where you have parent catch up time. If distance doesn’t allow it then visit them monthly and if you live internationally like I do then yearly. Never let time pass that they do not feel loved and connected to your lives. Show them some love and care. Everyone knows in their heart there is love but you need to be shown also.
Day 5. Keeping family ties. Pick up the phone and call someone that I haven’t spoken to in a long time. Visit family members asking about each other keeping the bonds tight. broaden your circle an don’t just stick to your siblings and cousins reach out to other generations besides your own especially the elders as that generation and the wealth of wisdom will be lost too.
Day 6. Spend time with the youth. Sometimes we grow up and only stick to people our own age group but remember the time when you were growing up how daunting was it to speak to a grown up. Bring down these barriers, spend time with the kids your younger cousins nieces nephews or even grand kids. Your first move will be imprinted in their memory forever.
Day 7. Love for your brother what you love for yourself. Whats your most favourite thing? Mine is coffee and cookies. How about surprise someone with that thing that you love, you’ll touch their heart by thinking about them before yourself. Go ahead try it.
Day 8. Remove something out of harms way. Too often we walk around in our own bubble minding our own business. Today take a look at your surroundings and see is there anything that looks like it can be harmful, be it a messy bush that is covering a sign or creating a blind spot for drivings on the road. Something simple as removing shattered glass from the ground or even any litter that can be a choking hazard for bird or animals seek and you shall find.
Day 9. Pray for others. Choose a person daily it might be a person passing by, pray for their well being that whatever difficulty they may be facing be taken care of. May they exceed in earnings and be happy in their lives. Next day choose someone else. This may be someone you know or you don’t know. The best place to be is someone else prayers because the listener is God. When you pray for others the angels repeat the Prayer and say may you blessed with this too how amazing is that! Create compassion for others in your heart.
Day 10. Don’t waste food. Buy only what you need and if you have bought/made excess don’t immediately throw it away, use up the leftovers for the following meal. Ok, so you can’t stand meatballs for four meals straight, how about share it amongst your neighbours? Do this when they’re still piping hot and fresh, or freeze them so that you can have it in an instant when you do feel like meatballs.
Part 2 Day 11 – 20 coming soon
Part 3 Day 22 – 30 coming soon
Note: If you are wondering why do I keep repeating Peace be upon him after the Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him)’s name. Its because as muslims we give respect to all our Quranic or biblical prophets first and foremost. Secondly as ordinary muslims we greet each other on every encounter with peace as a little prayer that we hope that we have peace and blessings in our day. Thirdly it is a little salutation and prayer to our beloved prophet and we believe that each and every salvation is delivered to him and so we like to say it abundantly by increasing his rank we are increasing ours also by way of remembrance.
And Allah knows best.