The Enthusiasm of our Pious Predecessors to Adhere to the Sunnah

The Enthusiasm of our Pious Predecessors to Adhere to the Sunnah

By Shaykh-ul-Ḥadīth Ḥaḍrat Mawlānā Muḥammad Saleem Dhorat ḥafiẓahullāh

Our pious predecessors attained complete and widespread love and affection due to their strict adherence to the sunnah of the Prophet ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wasallam. Their lives were adorned with the sunnah of the Prophet ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wasallam. From the amazing incidents in their lives we find examples of just how much attachment they had with the sunnah of the Prophet ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wasallam. Once, during a lecture, Ḥakīm-al-Ummah, Shaykh Mawlānā Ashraf ‘Alī Thānwī raḥimahullah stated that the Prophet ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wasallam liked pumpkin very much and enjoyed eating it. To eat pumpkin is sunnah, not farḍ or wājib. If someone cannot eat it and his disposition does not prefer it, then there is no harm in this, providing one naturally does not have an inclination towards it and does not look down upon it.

Ḥaḍrat Thānwī raḥimahullah mentions that he went home to find that his wife, who had also heard the lecture, had cooked pumpkin. The next day, once again, his wife had prepared the same meal, and also on the third day! He asked his wife why she was preparing the same vegetable every day. She replied, “You mentioned in your lecture that it is sunnah to eat pumpkin because the Prophet ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wasallam preferred it. Therefore, my heart desired that we eat as much pumpkin as possible whilst it is still in season.”

Look at the desire and love this lady had for the sunnah of the Prophet ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wasallam! Ḥaḍrat Thānwī raḥimahullah, amazed by her love for the sunnah, decided to monitor his own life and see how much it accorded to the sunnah. He monitored himself day and night, for one week, taking into account every action he performed, and comparing it to the sunnah method. He found that every action he did was according to the sunnah! Dear readers, how astonishing this is! If we did not have reliance on our elders, we would not even believe such incidents. If they were so particular about the sunnah and mustaḥabb acts, we can only imagine how particular they were with their farā’iḍ and wājibāt.

Extracted from ‘Muḥammad ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wasallam – A Great Blessing’ By Shaykh-ul-Ḥadīth Ḥaḍrat Mawlānā Muḥammad Saleem Dhorat ḥafiẓahullāh