‘Use Quran to appreciate sunnah’

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MUSLIMS must appreciate the sunnah (actions and words of Rasulullah (SAW)) in accordance with the Quran and authentic hadith (narrations), said the dean of Faculty of Usuluddin, Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA).

Dr Hjh Sarinah Hj Yahya delivered a lecture titled, ‘Exemplifying the sunnah of the Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah Be upon Him)’ at the special women’s assembly that marked the Maulidur Rasul celebration for the year 1437 Hijrah at the International Convention Centre (ICC) yesterday.

Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hjh Saleha and Her Royal Highness Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah were among the royal family members that attended the event.

During the lecture, the dean explained that there are guidelines that need to be followed when it comes to appreciating the sunnah of Rasulullah (SAW), especially during a time when there is widespread falsification and distortion of _sunnah _and hadith.

“The guidelines are not tight and difficult to comply with, it is firm but easy (to follow),” she said.

Speaking on the falsification and distortion of sunnah and hadith, Dr Hjh Sarinah gave an example where certain foods were branded as ‘makanan sunnah’ (food of sunnah) and attributed to Rasulullah (SAW).

“This matter must be carefully and meticulously researched. Even if it is true, the way and intention of doing it may be wrong, as (the practice) is aimed at attracting customers and gaining profits,” she said.

Another example she gave was the spreading of chain messages that contained reminders and content of Rasulullah (SAW)’s wasiyyah (will).

These messages were said to come in the form of a dream to a religious scholar and were then spread to the masses through social media and applications such as Facebook and Whatsapp, she explained.

“The contents of these messages may mean well but their authenticities are not known. This is made worse when at the end of the message, the recipients are asked to print or forward it to 20 people and that by doing so their wish will be granted,” she said.

All of the examples mentioned do not meet the true meaning of appreciating the sunnah of Rasulullah (SAW), she said.

“Start by emulating the morality of Rasulullah (SAW), for example by reciting and practicing doa (supplications) that he had taught (to others) and that had been authenticated,” she explained.

The reciting of doa is of great value to Allah SWT even though it is considered a small act, she said.

“How wonderful it would be if such a small act is fully appreciated and practiced. Reciting doa will become more beautiful and valuable if it is accompanied by salawat to Rasulullah (SAW). Offering salawat to Rasulullah (SAW) is highly commended” she said.

Dr Hjh Sarinah added that appreciating the sunnah of Rasullullah (SAW) also means loving the Messenger of Allah.

“The love for Allah SWT and Rasulullah (SAW) should be the highest of love, higher than one’s love for other beings,” she said.

The Brunei Times