Smile! It’s Sunnah

Bismillah Ar Rahman Ar Raheem

Assalam Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barkatuhu

Who do you think of when you smile? What makes you smile? Do you smile all the time?  If you would ask me, I would say I smile all the time. I smile when I think of Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala. When I think of His love, His Greatness, His Mercy and for every blessings He has given me Alhamdulillah. So, to me there is always a reason to smile.

Smile is the sweetness that you share with others. We look so beautiful when we smile and make others smile as well. I love to smile Alhamdulillah and at times it’s just hard not to smile.

If you feel you are in a state of worry, tell those worries to go away. Leave it all to Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala. When I feel very much worried and stressed out, I say “Hasbun Allah Wa Ni’mal Wakeel”. Alhamdulillah I feel very relaxed. I know Allah will help me and make everything easy on me Insha’Allah. I think, if you stay positive and rely on Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala, all will be fine Insha’Allah. Allah is always there for His slaves. He loves us so much and when we have Him, we have everything. So why worry? Keep smiling! Reflect upon Allah’s names and spend time with family and friends. I love my family Alhamdulillah. My little sister, when I see her I can’t stop smiling. She is so sweet and adorable MashaAllah. I love the way she talks, her smile and everything about her is beautiful mashaAllah.

If you ever notice, little children smile no matter what. If they get hurt, they will cry and once you come to comfort them. They start smiling as if nothing happened and they never got hurt. I can put a bandage on a little kid, he will cry for a few minutes and once I talk to them, they start smiling forgetting about the hurt.

Life is very challenging sometimes and in time we learn how to face those challenges. So, know that after every hardship comes ease. The pain you have is not going to be there forever. You know why? Because Allah takes care of you. Call out to Him! He will listen. Reach out to Him. He is closer to you than your jugular veins. Allahu Akbar!! So keep smiling! 🙂

When Uthman Ibn Affan (Radi Allahu Anhu) used to make wudu, after he was done there used to be a smile on his face. When asked he said that he saw Rasulullah (Sall Allahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) used to do the same. He had so much regard for his sunnah SubhanAllah!

So usually when I make wudhu, if I remember mostly I do my best to smile Alhamdulillah. It actually makes me very happy because I then start to think of how Uthman (Radi Allahu Anhu) smiled thinking of Prophet (Sall Allahu Alayhi Wa Sallam). It’s a great feeling Alhamdulillah.

Once someone from my work came up to me and asked me a question. She said, “How is it that you smile all the time?” There hasn’t been a time since she hasn’t seen me smiling. I actually smile all the time. I keep all the happy thoughts in my mind and sometimes thinking of Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala makes me smile.

When I see someone passing by, I say Salam and smile. I can’t look at someone and not smile. This is because in my heart I know if I smile, I can see them smile back which makes me feel good inside Alhamdulillah.

Smiling is Sunnah of the Prophet Sall Allahu Alayhi Wa Sallam. We love him so we do our best to smile. Smile is charity. At times I see people going through a lot and when I see them, I smile and they feel good looking at me.

“Do not disdain a good deed. (No matter how small it may seem) even if it is your meeting with your (Muslim) brother with a cheerful face!!” Recorded by Muslim


He (Sall Allahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) also said: “Your smile for your brother is charity.” Narrated ‘Aisha [prophet Mohammed’s wife] -may Allah be pleased with her- : “I never saw the Prophet laughing to an extent that one could see his palate, but he always used to smile”.


Do not abuse anyone…Do not look down upon any good work, and when you speak to your brother, show him a cheerful face.” (Sunan of Abu-Dawood, Hadith 1889)

If you read the biography of our Habib, Prophet Muhammad (Sall Allahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) you would know how many hardships He (Sall Allahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) had been through but he never failed to smile.

The Prophet (Sall Allahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) was cheerful of countenance, always greeting his Sahaabah (Radi Allahu Anhum) with warmth and smiles whenever he saw them, as the great Sahaabi Jareer Ibn ‘Abdullah (Radi Allahu Anhu) described: “From the time I embraced Islam, the Messenger of Allah (Sall Allahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) never refused to see me and he never saw me except with a smile on his face.” (Fath al-Baari, 10/504)

We are Muslims. We believe in Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala. We have hope in Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala. We know that Paradise is our home and one day we will enter it Insha’Allah through Allah’s mercy. If we get hurt, we just have to take it easy and smile. No one can hurt you without your permission. So it’s cool. Take it easy. Don’t be sad and keep smiling because someday you will leave this world and go to Jannah Insha’Allah.

I always calm myself down saying if I don’t get something I want, I will get it in Jannah Insha’Allah but somehow I cry when I think of this. I don’t cry because I am upset, I just cry because I need to work extra hard to attain Jannah and I am nowhere near doing good. However, after a few hours I make a strong determination and do my best to increase my Imaan. Alhamdulillah. I just look for inspiration.

Smiling is also good for your health. Mark Stibich, PhD, a consultant at Columbia University, and contributor to a Guide to Longevity at, believes smiling may also act as a stress relief. It keeps you away from Depression and there are lots more health benefits. Your health is your amanah (trust), so take good care of it always Insha’Allah. So keep smiling, its Sunnah 🙂

“You haven’t lost your smile at all, it’s right under your nose. You just forgot it was there.” – Shaykh Waleed Basyouni.

[Note: I don’t smile every “single” time, but Alhamdulillah most of the time I do]

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Article submitted by Ishrat Ali