I think many of us don’t properly understand what Sunnah is. And we think that Sunnah is a legal category that comes after fard and wajib or we may think that Sunnah is something that is mentioned in Hadith.
Nothing of that is incorrect. But today I want to put forth another possible understanding of Sunnah that will motivate us. Not just be motivated, but be motivated to become people of action.
Following the Sunnah means making ourselves the way Prophet ﷺ wants us to be.
If we understand it this way then we will not think that Sunnah is something optional. Just like it’s not optional that I’m his ﷺ ummati, just like it’s not optional that I’m his ﷺ follower, it’s necessary for me. For me it’s the most necessary thing that I am hisﷺummati, that I am hisﷺ follower and he is my nabiﷺ. Just like that if it’s necessary for me that he’sﷺ my nabi, how can it be optional for me to make myself the way heﷺ wants me to be?
Obviously, if it’s necessary for me that he’sﷺ my nabi, then it should also be necessary for me to make myself according to hisﷺ muraad, according to hisﷺ wish, according to his ﷺwill. The type of ummati that Nabi ﷺ wants, that’s the type of ummati that I should become.
That’s what it means to follow the Sunnah.
Shaykh Mufti Kamaluddin Ahmed