Hadith on Sunnah: Avoiding Extreme Vows, Emphasizing Sunnah

📖Sahih Muslim 1401
Anas (Allah be pleased with him) reported that some of the Companions of Allah’s Apostle (ﷺ) asked his (the Prophet’s) wives about the acts that he performed in private. Someone among them (among his Companions) said: I will not marry women; someone among them said: I will not eat meat; and someone among them said: I will not lie down in bed. He (the Holy Prophet) praised Allah and glorified Him, and said: What has happened to these people that they say so and so, whereas I observe prayer and sleep too; I observe fast and suspend observing them; I marry women also? And he who turns away from my Sunnah, he has no relation with Me.

  • In this hadith, some companions of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) asked his wives about his personal habits. One companion said he would not get married, another said he would not eat meat, and yet another said he would not sleep on a comfortable bed. When the Prophet heard about these statements, he praised Allah and then questioned why they were making such vows when he himself performed those actions. He mentioned that he prayed, slept, observed fasting but also took breaks from it, and got married. The Prophet emphasized that those who abandon his teachings and way of life have no connection with him. This hadith teaches us the importance of following the Prophet’s example and teachings, and the need for moderation in religious practices.