20 Forgotten Sunnah Daily Practices

There are many practices of the Prophet (Peace be upon him) that we have neglected and forgotten, and no longer include them in our daily lives. These simple small acts carry great reward.

What is Sunnah?

Sunnah means the way of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him). It includes everything he said, did, and approved of. We know the Sunnah from the statements called Hadiths that have been handed down from the Companions of the Prophet.

Some of the most common forgotten Sunnah are:

1. Using the miswak before every prayer.
The Messenger of Allah has said: “Were it not that I would be overburdening my community I would have ordered them to use a tooth-stick.” (Mawatah Malik)

2. Walking barefoot
Sayyiduna Abdullah Ibn Buraydah reported: “Rasulullah (SAW) commanded us to walk barefoot (Occasionally).” [Abu Dawud]

3. Eating from the side of the plate
Rasulullaha said, “Blessing descends upon the middle of the food, so eat from the sides of the plate (which is nearest to you) and do not eat from the middle.” (Abu Dawud)

4. Doing cupping (hijama)
On the authority of Anas bin Malik-May Allah be pleased with him-said that the Prophet (SAW) said: The best treatment which you get is cupping. (Muslim)

5. Sitting and drinking
Sayyiduna Anas Ibn Maalik reported that Rasulullah (SAW) prevented them from standing and drinking. [Sahih Muslim]

6. Sleeping in the state of Wudhu
Rasululah I said, ” There is no person who goes to sleep in a state of Wudhu but an Angel spends the
night with him, and every time he turns over, the Angel says, O Allah! forgive Your slave, for he went to bed in a state of Wudhu. ®[AIMuJamAlAwsat]

7. Greeting children
Sayyiduna Anas 4 narrates that whenever Rasulullah (SAW) would pass by young children, he would greet them. [Sahih Bukharil

8. Not finding fault with food
Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah # narrates that Rasulullah (SAW) never found fault with any food. If he liked it he would eat it and if not he would leave it. [Sahih Muslim]

9. Smiling
Rasulullah (SAW) said, “Do not regard any good deed as small even it be meeting your fellow Muslim with a smiling face.” [Sahih Muslim]

10. Greeting people
Sayyiduna Abdullah Ibn Amr narrates: “A man asked Rasulullah (SAW), “What qualities in Islam are the best? Rasulullah (SAW) replied, ‘Feeding people and greeting those who you know and also those who you do not know.?

11. Reciting the 3 Quls
Sayyidah Aisha RA narrates, “Whenever Rasulullah (SAW) went to bed at night, he would join his hands, blow into them(after) reciting Surahs Ikhlaas, Falaq and Naas and then pass his hands over his body starting with his face and head, He would do this thrice.” (Sahih Bukhari)

12. Dua while wearing a new dress
When Messenger of Allah (SAW) wore a new garment, he would name it. For instance, a turban or shirt or cloak and would supplicate:
“O Allah, all the praise is for You that You have given it to me to put on. I ask You its goodness and the goodness of the purpose for which it was made, and I seek Your Protection from its evil and the evil of the purpose for which it was made.” [Abu Dawud and At-Tirmidhi].

13. Prostration of gratitude
Sayyiduna Abu Bakrah reports: “Whenever happy news or glad tidings came to Rasulullah (SAW), he would fall into prostration out of gratitude to Allah.” [Abu Dawud]

14. Making Dua for Others
Rasulullah (SAW) said, “No Muslim makes Dua for another Muslim in his absence except that the
angels say: ‘May the same be for you too.” (Sahih Muslim)

15. Writing a will.
“It is not right for a Muslim who has anything concerning which a will should be made, to abide for more than three nights without having a written will with him.” ( An Nisai)

16. Dusting the bed before going to sleep
Rasulullah (SAW) said, “When any one of you goes to bed, he should first dust it and say ‘Bismillah’ because he does not know what might have entered (the bed).” (Sahih Muslim)

17. Picking up and eating food that has fallen on the ground
Rasulullah (SAW) said, “Whenever a morsel falls then pick it up, clean it, eat it and do not leave it for Shaytaan”. He also commanded us to lick the plate saying, You do not know in which morsel
lies the Barakah (blessings)” (Sahih Muslim)

18. Salaat-ud-Duha
Sayyiduna Abu Hurairah narrates: “My dear friend Rasulullah (SAW) advised me with three things which Iwill never leave out until I pass away;(oneofthembeing)Salaat-ud-Duha (themid-morning Prayer).” [Sahih Bukhari]

19. Salaat-ut-Taubah
Rasulullah (SAW) said, “There is no servant who commits a sin then performs Wudhu and performs
two rakaats of Salaah after which he asks Allah for forgiveness except that Allah forgives him.” (Abu Dawud)

20. Getting wet in the rain.
Anas-May Allah be pleased with him-said: It rained upon us as we were with the Messenger of Allah. Rasulullah (SAW) removed his cloth (from a part of his body) till the rain fell on it. We said: Messenger of Allah, why did you do this? He said: It is because it (the rainfall) has just come from the Exalted Lord. (Muslim)

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