Moderation in Worship

Anas (radi Allahu anhu) reported: Three men came to the houses of the wives of the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) to inquire about his worship. When they were informed, they considered their worship insignificant and said: “Where are we in comparison with the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) while Allah has forgiven his past sins and future sins.” One of them said: “As for me, I shall offer Salat all night long.” Another said: “I shall observe Saum (fasting) continuously and shall not break it.” Another said: “I shall abstain from women and shall never marry.” The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) came to them and said, “Are you the people who said such and such things? By Allah, I fear Allah more than you do, and I am most obedient and dutiful among you to Him, but still I observe fast and break it; perform Salat and sleep at night and take wives. So whoever turns away from my Sunnah does not belong to me.”

[Sahih al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Commentary:

We learn a few lessons from this hadith:

1.      This Hadith deals with the following five points:

- Moderation in worship.

- Obligation to marry.

- Inducement for following in the Prophet’s footsteps.

- Prohibition from observing Saum (fasts) all the time.

- Prohibition of keeping awake all the night for Nawafil prayers.

2.      There is neither virtue nor reward for making innovations in religion. All the blessings and rewards lie only in the obedience and following the conduct of the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam).

And Allah Knows Best!

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