This tradition is sort of similar to the last one. Well almost. And this time around we’ll look at it from a diferent angle.
The Prophet said “None of you will have faith till he loves me more than his father, his children and all mankind.”
Hope you people noticed the slight difference though. This one talks about loving the Prophet (SAW) more than our parents, children and EVERYONE ELSE. And that includes our own selves as well:
Me, me, myself and I.
What stops us from following the Prophet (SAW)? It’s our own laziness, indifference, and lay-it-back attitude most of the times. Let’s talk about the most common scenario: eating while sitting – that’s a Sunnah. Say I’m in the kitchen, making myself a sandwich. Since it’s a ‘snack’, I eat it standing orwalking about in the kitchen. What’s stopping me from sitting down? ‘Oh it’s just a couple of bites. I should make the effort to sit down for that?’ Yes, I should! Because this is how the Prohet (pbuh) did it.
These are the little routine-things we need to check ourselves on. It’s when we affirm ourselves to these no-big-deal issues, then only we are able to move on to the big ones. Never give up these simple traditions, for you can make the most out of almost anything that you do by following them. Like you get plus points for something as small as slipping your right foot in the sneakers first- cause you’re doing it the prophetic way. So switch from your regular routine to the prophetic one. That’s no Herculean feat. 🙂
And that’s the lesson for today: Start small- then take it to the next level! 😀
PS: You must have noticed that most of the traditions in “The Book of Faith” talk about loving the Prophet (pbuh) above everyone else. And the best way to express this love is by doing what he did and stopping from what he stopped. 🙂
Edited by Saadia Humayun