Every generation of man that existed on earth had a warner sent to them from among them (prophets).In spite of being sent to different nations in different era, all these prophets of Allah, from prophet Adam (RA) to the last and final prophet Muhammad (SAW), were sent with a common message; to worship Allah alone in full submission. But did you know that they were not only bound in their message but also by their practices. Below are five practices that were common among them.
Haya is a word in the Arabic context which means ‘life’ and covers a wide number of concepts in English. It may be translated as modesty, shyness, bashfulness, self-respect, shame, honor, humility etc.But according to a believer’s nature, Haya refers to a bad uneasy feeling accompanied by embarrassment caused by fear of being exposed for some unworthy conduct. Haya is a very important concept in the life of every Muslim. It determines the level of our iman and as such the lack of Haya is a sign of weak faith.
Narrated by Abu Huraira(RA) the prophet said, “faith consist of more than sixty branches and haya is part of faith”.
The Use of Miswak
The Miswak is a stick through which a person cleans the mouth,a great Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (May Allah bless him and grant him peace). Moreover, it is a Sunnah of all the Messengers of Allah (upon them all be peace), for they used the Miswak among other things to maintain good oral hygiene which is pleasing to Allah (The Almighty).In a hadith narrated by Abu Hurairah (RA) the Prophet (pbuh) said: “Had I not thought it difficult for my Ummah, I would have commanded them to use the Miswak (tooth-stick) before every Salat.”
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim] A number of research have indicated that Miswak, when used properly, is a superb anti-microbial toothbrush for dental hygiene and gum infection cure, minimizing plaque and gingivitis, teeth whitening and relieving smelly breath. It has established that the Miswak has effective ingredients which aren’t generally present in toothpastes with anti-inflammatory hypoglycemic functions.
‘Hijama’ is an Arabic term derived from ‘hajm’ which means ‘sucking’. Cupping (hijama) is a non-surgical procedure which involves applying cups to various hijama points on the body and on such selected points, blood is encouraged to accumulate and then sucked out by using a little vacuum system. This act is a Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and it is extensively reported in a wide collection of authentic hadiths. The Messenger (SAW) said,
“Indeed the best of remedies you have is cupping (hijama)…”
[Saheeh al-Bukhari (5371)].
Hijama was a common practice of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and his companions for the treatment of a range of ailments as well as maintain health and promote well being.
Use of Fragrance
A good smell is nothing compared to a bad one. The messenger of Allah (SAW) liked aromatic things and perfumes. He used them himself and recommended their use to others, he never refused the gift and would use perfume even at night and most commonly on a Friday before the jumah prayers.
Anas (RA) stated that “when a companion will desire to visit the messenger, and would not find him they will track him to the street by his fragrance”
Aisha (RA) narrates that she use to perfume the messenger of Allah (SAW) with the best scent available until he saw the shine of the scent on his blessed head and beard.
Circumcision or khitaan it is one of the sunnahs of Ibrahim (pbuh) and the prophets after him. Abu Huraira was narrated as saying; The messenger of Allah (SAW) said “Ibrahim (RA) circumcised himself when he was eighty years of age with carpenter’s tool”. Circumcision was one of the things Allah (SWT) tested prophet Ibrahim with and he did it perfectly, so Allah made him leader of mankind. He was the first person to be circumcised and after him the act continued among the messengers and their followers.
These are some of the Sunnah common to all the prophets from Adam to those after him as well as all their followers including you and I. We should adopt it into our daily lives to seek the pleasure and mercy of Allah. May Allah (SWT) grant us the zeal to learn from these beautiful practices. Amin.