Ways of The Prophet (S.A.W)

by Sheikh Muhammad Abdul Hai Arifi

After Fajr Salaah

It was customary with the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) that after saying Fajr Salaah followed by remembering of ALLAH’s names, he sat cross- legged when he was in the mosque and his Companions (Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhum) sat around him. This was the Court of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa SalIam). This was the circle of attention (spiritual). This was the place where he made known the revelations received by him to his companions and showered esoteric beneficence and spiritual blessings on them. Here, he imparted religious education, explained social manners and business dealings as also ethical delicacies. Here he settled personal matters and decided disputes.

Very often he asked his companions to tell him if any one of them had a dream. He then heard the dream and gave his interpretation. Sometimes, he mentioned his own vision and himself gave its interpretations. Subsequently, he gave up this practice. [Madarijun Nubuwah]

Sometimes during the conversation the companions (Radi Allahu Ta’ala’anhum) with due regard, narrated tales of pre-Islamic period, recited encomiums and couplets and cut jokes. He used to hear all this and sometimes he smiled on this. Thereafter he offered lshraq Salaah. Often at this time he used to distribute the booty as well as stipends to the people.

When the sun sufficiently rose up, he offered Salatul Duha: sometimes four Rakaats and sometimes eight Rakaats. Thereafter the meeting was dispersed and he went to the apartment of that wife whose day it was. There he engaged himself in the service of his family and did his own chores. He took meal once a day and took rest at noon. [Siratun Nabi]