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Sunnahs of Eating

       Sit and eat on the floor. 
         Spread out a cloth on the floor first before eating. 
         Wash both hands up to the wrists. 
         Recite 'Bismillah wa'la barakatillah' aloud. 
         Eat with the right hand. 
         Eat from the side that is in front of you. 
        If a morsel of food falls down, pick it up, clean it and eat it. 
         Do not find fault with the food. 
        When eating, sit with either both knees on the ground or one knee raised or both knees raised. 
         Clean the plate and other utensils thoroughly after eating. 
         By doing this, the utensils make dua for one's forgiveness. 
         Recite dua after eating. ( Al hamdu lillahi lazi atamana saqana wo jaalna minal musalamin )
        After meals wash both the hands. 
        Eat with three fingers if possible. 
         One should not eat very hot food. 
         Do not blow on the food. 
         After eating one should lick his fingers. 

Sunnahs of drinking
         A Muslim should drink with the right hand.
Shaytaan Drinks with the left hand
         Sit and drink. 
         Recite 'Bismillah' before drinking. 
        After drinking say ' Alhamdullilah'. 
        Drink in 3 breaths removing the utensil from the mouth after each sip. 
         Do not drink directly from the jug or bottle. One should pour the contents into a glass first and then drink.

Sunnahs of Sleeping

         To sleep in the state of Wuzu
         To make the bed yourself. 
         Dust the bed thrice before retiring to bed. 
         One should change into some other clothes (e.g.pyjamas ) before going to sleep. 
         It is Sunnah to sleep immediately after Isha Salaah
         To apply surmah in both the eyes. 
         To brush the teeth with a miswaak
         To sleep on the right hand side. 
         To sleep with the right palm under the right cheek. 
         To keep the knees slightly bent when sleeping. 
         To sleep on a bed or to sleep on the floor are both sunnah
         To face Qiblah.if possible.
         To recite Surah Mulk, before sleeping. 
         To recite Ayatul Kursi
         To recite Surah Ikhlaas, Surah Falaq and Surah Naas before sleeping 3 times and thereafter blow over the entire body thrice. 
         Recite Tasbeeh-e-Fathima before sleeping.( i.e. 33 X  Subhan Allah 33 X Alhamdulillah and 34 X Allahu Akbar). 
        To recite the dua before sleeping. ( i.e. Be ismik allahumma amutu wo ahya )
         To wake up for Tahajjud Salaah

Sunnahs on Awakening

         On awakening rub the face and the eyes with the palms of the hands in order to remove the effects of sleep. 
         Thereafter recite the dua on awakening.
( i.e. Al hamdu lillahi allazi ahyana badama amatana wo ilaihunushur )
         On awakening cleanse the mouth with a miswaak

Sunnahs when wearing clothes

         Rasulullah (S.a.w.) loved white Clothing. 
         When putting on any garment Rasulallah (S.a.w.) always began with the right limb. 
         When removing any garment Rasullallah (S.a.w.) always removed the left limb first. 
         Males must wear the pants above the ankles. Females should ensure that their lower garment covers their ankles. 
         Males should wear a 'topee' or turban. Females must wear scarves at all times. 
         When wearing shoes, first wear the right shoe then the left. 
         When removing them first remove the left and then The right. 

Sunnahs of the Toilet

         Enter the toilet with your head covered. 
         To enter the toilet with shoes. 
         Recite the dua before entering the toilet.( i.e. Allahumma inni auzbeka minal qubs wal qabaes
         Enter with the left foot. 
         To sit and urinate. One should never urinate whilst Standing. 
         To leave the toilet with the right foot. 
         To recite the dua after coming out of the toilet ( i.e. Ghufranaka )
         One should not face Qiblah or show his back towards the Qiblah
         Do not speak in the toilet. 
         Be very careful of the splashes of urine (being unmindful in this regard causes one to be punished in the grave). 
         After relieving oneself, to cleanse oneself using  water.

Sunnahs of the Home

         To recite the dua before entering the home. 
         To greet those that are in the house with 'Assalaamu Alaykum'. Even though it may be your own house.
         To announce ones arrival by coughing, greeting, etc.  

Other Sunnahs of High Importance

         Using a miswaak is a great Sunnah of Rasulullah (S.a.w
.) One who makes miswaak when making wuzu and thereafter performs salaah will receive 70 times more reward. It will also enable one to easily recite the kalima at the time of death. 
         To take a Ghusl bath on a Friday. 
         To apply itar (applies to men only). 
         To show mercy to those that are younger than you. 
         To respect your elders. 
         It is sunnah to ponder over Allah Ta'ala and His Creation. 
         For men to keep a beard that is one fist in length. 
         To visit a Muslim when he is sick. 
         To be good towards ones neighbour
         To meet a Muslim with a cheerful face. 
         To care for the poor and the needy. 
         To keep good relations with all your relatives. 
         To honour a guest even though he may not be of a  very high position. 
         To greet all Muslims by saying ' Assalaamu alaykum  wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuhu'. 
         To keep the gaze on the ground whilst walking. 
         To speak softly and politely. 
         To command people to do good. 
         To forbid them from doing evil. 
         To carry ones shoes in the left hand. 
         To make wuzu at home before going to the Masjid
         To enter the Masjid with the right foot. 
         To leave the Masjid with the left foot. 
         To recite some portion of the Quran Shareef daily. 
         To be hospitable towards one's guest. 
         To exchange gifts with one another. 
         To make dua to Allah Ta'ala for the fulfillment of one's needs in what ever language one desires. 
         To consult with one's parents, teachers or elders before doing any work. 
         To respect one's parents.

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