The Little Things

In Islam, we’re required to do certain things. There are all types of small rules we should follow. When you make the effort to follow the sunnah, there are even more details to pay attention to. Rules vary from going to Hajj once a lifetime to cutting your fingernails on Fridays. From paying zakat once a year to walking into the bathroom with your left foot. And sometimes, governments dictate the rules, making a few details vary from country to country. For example, in Jordan some scholars would say it’s obligatory to wear a jilbab, and some may even say it’s obligatory to wear only white scarves. While here, those rules don’t really apply.

Sometimes we’re bogged down from these details. You may think, “How would cutting my nails on a specific day increase my iman? What does it have to do with anything?” or “Why should I try to walk into the bathroom with my left foot? What does this small action have to do with becoming a better Muslim?”

I realized while trying to integrate the small but precious habits into my life, that I forced myself to pay attention to these little things. This results in thinking more about Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala because you’re making an effort to do something in the particular way He likes. The constant thought of Him heightens your iman. Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala says in the Qur’an:

Truly, it is in the remembrance of Allah that hearts find peace. [13:28]

Do the little things in the way the beloved of Allah ﷺ did them. Do the little things because you know Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala won’t ask you to do something unless it’s beneficial for you. Do the little things, and Insha’Allah you’ll feel a closer connection with Allah and his Rasūl ﷺ.


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