by Ayesha Mazhar
Adab (Plural: Aadab) literally means respect and politeness or the way one behaves in a good way. It includes every noble characteristic, habit or trait that is included within the scope of adab. As Muslims, when the topic of adab is raised, we have to follow the best personality that ever walked on earth; Our beloved prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings upon him) who won hearts of even his enemies with his good manners.
Sahaba used to follow every sunnah of Rasool Allah as a must but nowadays we ignore or leave it as it is optional. If we implement our Prophet’s sunnah in our daily lives, it will create a greater impact on our personalities not just as a Muslim but also as a human being. Here are the few guidelines to implement " Aadab" in our families.
Salah is the first thing that will be accounted on the day of judgment. So let’s practice offering our daily five prayers in time. Elders must make sure that all family members pray their obligatory prayers in time. Salah makes one humble and polite.
In addition, if we practice praying sunnah, it will be an added advantage to our deeds. Especially fajr prayer is difficult for those who can’t make it up to wake up early. However, if we maintain an early sleeping routine in our families, this will not be difficult to perform every morning.
After all, the early bird catches the worm!
Once the family starts practicing praying salat al-fajr, Quranic recitation and morning adhkaar, Allah will pour immense barakah in our lives, In sha Allah.
2. EAT HEALTHY:
Our Prophet has been a great role model in terms of living a simple life. He always advised Sahaba to eat what is healthy in little proportions. We all know prophet’s rule of 1/3 rd for solids, 1/3 rd for liquids and 1/3 rd for air. We need to implement this rule in our daily lives. This will help a person to maintain their weight, while also saving him from many diseases. We should also practice giving away leftover food to those in need.
3. GOOD MANNERS:
Prophet (S.A.W) stated, “I have only been sent to perfect good manners”. Our prophet used to show good manners to everyone, even to those who used to misbehave and also abuse him. Children acquire adab from their parents, students from their teachers, the young from the elders. So, if we want to teach good manners to our kids, We have to be their ideal of good manners. Because there is no use in teaching good manners by shouting or yelling at them.
4. SLEEPING HABITS:
It is important to evaluate our sleeping habits besides our eating habits in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Families must stick to a routine of sleeping where members get enough good night’s sleep. Also we must lessen the use of electronic gadgets like T.V , Smartphones, Tablets, PlayStation, etc. before bedtime. One who has enough sleep at night will be productive all day long.
Prophet (S.A.W) used to smile and greet everyone with peace. Even though it’s a small gesture of being polite, it really lets people to maintaining good relations. So why not implement out prophet’s sunnah by smiling and greeting peace to people. It has become a very important in these days where racism, hatred, and islamophobia are at its peak.
6. MAINTAIN PROPER HYGIENE:
As Muslims, We have to pray salah five times a day. But one can’t pray unless he is clean. So we have to maintain proper hygiene by keeping ourselves clean and tidy. We have to teach our children how to keep themselves clean and to practice to keep one’s surroundings tidy.
We don’t have to force ourselves or our kids to follow rules but practice it persistently to make it a habit in our lifestyle. May Allah sub hana hu wa ta’ala grant us hidayah to walk on the blessed path of Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihi wa salam.
About the Author
Ayesha Mazhar is a mother of two and a writer by passion. Though she does not have a blog of her own, she has written articles for other websites as a guest blogger. You can reach Sr. Ayesha at Ayesha.firstname.lastname@example.org