[Ahadith from Tirmidhi with commentary from “Khasaa’il-e-Nabawi Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam” by Sheikhul Hadith, Maulana Muhammad Zakariyya Kandhelwi Rahmatullah Alayh]


Anas Radiyallahu Anhu says: “Rasulullah Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam used to lick his three fingers after having eaten”.

It was the noble habit of Rasulullah Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam to eat only with three fingers although we do find some narrations that mention that he used five fingers also. The benefit of eating with three fingers is that the amount taken (morsel) will be less and one will not eat more than necessary. Imaam Nawawi says: “We gather from these Ahadith that it is mustahab to eat with three fingers.” For this reason the fourth and fifth fingers should not be used unnecessarily. If such food is eaten, where it is difficult to use only three fingers, then there is no harm in using more. Mulla ‘Ali Qaari has written that to eat with five fingers is a sign of greediness.


Read more: Sunnats of Eating

[Quotes and Ahadith from “The Sublime Conduct of Nabi Sallalahu Alayhi Wasalam
(Ash-Shama’il al- Kubra)” – compiled by Mufti Muhammad Irshad Ahmed Qasimi mudda zilluhu]

Sayyidinah Nu’man Ibn Bashir Radiyallahu Anhu narrates that his father too him to Rasulullah Sallalahu Alayhi Wasalam and said to him: “I have given this son of mine a slave.” Nabi Sallalahu Alayhi Wasalam asked him if he had given all his children the same thing and he replied negatively. Thereafter Nabi Sallalahu Alayhi Wasalam said: “Then take it back.” [Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 2, Pg 352]

Read more: Gifts to Children

 Someone enquired from Abdullah bin ‘Umar Radiyallahu Anhu: “Is it Sunnah to wear an ‘amaamah?” He replied: “Yes. It is a Sunnah.”

It is related by Imam Nawawi that Rasulullah Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam had two turbans. It was a continuous Sunnah to wear the turban. He said: “Wear an ‘amaamah (turban) regularly, for it increases one’s hilm (gentleness).”

In another Hadith it is stated that a turban should be worn regularly because it is a sign of Islam and it distinguishes between a Muslim and a kafir.

Read more: The Turban

 We have become very slack in our method of dressing. Today we follow fashion rather than that which the Shari’ah has prescribed. Many amongst us feel that the prescribed dress code is outdated and ‘backward’ and that we should keep up with the times. Allah Ta’ala’s Shari’ah is eternal. It is never out of fashion and will never be outdated and backward. Thus it is always the best to follow the Shari’ah in all matters.

A person should, when dressing, diligently follow the preferred mode and abstain from the Makruh mode of dressing.

 It is Waajib to dress in a manner where the Satr is covered at all times. The preferred manner is that which the Shari’ah has preferred and induced us to wear, such as wearing one’s best clothes on the two Eids, and wearing white on Fridays.

Read more: Dressing

It is mustahab to comb the hair. Sayyidina Rasulullah Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam has urged us to do so.  In a Hadith Hadhrat Ayesha Radiyallahu Anha says: “I used to comb the hair of Rasulullah Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam even when I was in a state of menstruation”.

The Ulama prove from this Hadith that it is permissible for a woman to look after and serve her husband, even during her periods. The entire body of a woman does not become najis (napaak/unclean) because of menstruation. In another Hadith, Anas Radiyallahu Anhu reports: “Rasulullah Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam often rubbed oil in his head and also often combed his beard. He put a cloth over his head, which became like an oil cloth due to the frequent use of oil.” The clothing becomes soiled due to the use of oil. This was against the noble habit of Sayyidina Rasulullah Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam who liked cleanliness. He put a cloth over his head so that the  amaamah (turban) etc. would not become soiled.

These great Sunnats are not practiced upon these days, so let us make an effort to try and incorporate them into our lives. Remember that it is also a Sunnat to keep a comb in the pocket.

[Ahadith from Tirmidhi with commentary  from “Khasaa’il-e-Nabawi Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam” by Sheikhul Hadith,
Maulana Muhammad Zakariyya Kandhelwi Rahmatullah Alayh]

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