My Friday went great, Alhamdulillah. I told many people about the revelation-day. It was news to most of them. But yeah, it was an awesome experience. :)
You’re going to love today’s Hadith! See for yourself..
Narrated Talha bin ‘Ubaidullah:
A man from Najd with unkempt hair came to Allah’s Apostle and we heard his loud voice but could not understand what he was saying, till he came near and then we came to know that he was asking about Islam. Allah’s Apostle said, “You have to offer prayers perfectly five times in a day and night (24 hours).” The man asked, “Is there any more (praying)?” Allah’s Apostle replied, “No, but if you want to offer the Nawafil prayers (you can).” Allah’s Apostle further said to him: “You have to observe fasts during the month of Ramadan.” The man asked, “Is there any more fasting?” Allah’s Apostle replied, “No, but if you want to observe the Nawafil fasts (you can.)” Then Allah’s Apostle further said to him, “You have to pay the Zakat (obligatory charity).” The man asked, “Is there any thing other than the Zakat for me to pay?” Allah’s Apostle replied, “No, unless you want to give alms of your own.” And then that man retreated saying, “By Allah! I will neither do less nor more than this.” Allah’s Apostle said, “If what he said is true, then he will be successful (i.e. he will be granted Paradise).”
Yes, doing only the Faraidh (obligatory) is required of us. But there’s always the option of doing more (voluntary) worship. Why, you ask? Because it is for our own good. From another Hadith we get to know that on the Day of Judgement, a person will be brought who will have incomplete Fardh (obligatory) actions (meaning: he either left out some, or didn’t do them properly). Allah will ask the angels to fill in those spaces by his voluntary worship and then he’ll be sent to Paradise. But imagine if we go there and all we have with us is the faraidh, and some spaces are left blank. What will fill them up?
So, doing the voluntary worship is for our own benefit. It only takes a few minutes to pray the extra two Sunnah/nafal prayers. There’s no fixed amount of sadaqah (charity) we need to give. Half a date also does the job. And voluntary fasts are just so easy! You can do Iftar (break them) any time if it’s getting hard to carry them on. Intention counts, remember?
My lesson from this Hadith is to perform my faraidh properly and do a little more effort for nawafil, inshaAllah. :)