Smile Its Sunnah: Benefits Of Smiling In Islam

Smile Its Sunnah: Benefits Of Smiling In Islam

Run a Google search and you’ll see many Islamic quotes reminding us to “smile its sunnah”. You’ll see bright coloured images with smiley faces and “smile its sunnah” captioned on them.

Did you know that there are many benefits of smiling in Islam? Smiling is equivalent to giving in charity and having good manners. There are many ahadith about smiling.

To find out more then keep on reading.

Smile Its Sunnah

There are several ahadith about Rasool Allah (ﷺ) smiling. The narrations are from his wives and sahaba (companions).

He (ﷺ) was always seen smiling!

Narrated Ibn Jaz:
“The laughter of the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) was not but smiling.” Jami` at-Tirmidhi

Narrated Ibn Jaz:
“I have not seen anyone who smiled more than the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ).” Jami` at-Tirmidhi

He (ﷺ) wouldn’t laugh, he would only smile instead.

Narrated `Aisha:
I never saw the Prophet (ﷺ) laughing to an extent that one could see his palate, but he always used to smile only. Sahih al-Bukhari

Jaabir ibn Samurah radiyallahu anhu says, The calf of the leg of Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam was slightly thin. His laugh was only that of a smile. Whenever I visited Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam, I thought he used kuhl on his eyes. Whereas he had not at that time used kuhl. Shama’il Muhammadiyah

Abdullah ibn Haarith radiyallahu anhu relates, The laugh of Sayyidina Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam was but a smile. Shama’il Muhammadiyah

When the Prophet (ﷺ) looked at people, he smiled.

Narrated Jarir:
“The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) never screened me since I accepted Islam, nor did he look at me except that he smiled.” Jami` at-Tirmidhi

Do Not Laugh A Lot

Its best to avoid excessive laughter. But you don’t have to be super-serious all the time either.

Smiling and joking is best done in moderation.

Abu Hurayra reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “Do not laugh a lot. Much laughter kills the heart.” Al-Adab Al-Mufrad

Too much laughter isn’t good for us spiritually. It can distract us from doing acts of ibadah (worship) and fearing Allah.

Smiling Is An Act Of Charity

Dua for smiling
Meet others with a smiling face

Jabir bin Abdullah narrated that the Messenger of Allah said:
“Every good is charity. Indeed among the good is to meet your brother with a smiling face, and to pour what is left in your bucket into the vessel of your brother.” Jami` at-Tirmidhi

Narrated Abu Dharr:
That the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “Let one of you not consider any good to be insignificant. If he has nothing, then let him meet his brother with a smiling face. If you buy some meat or cook something in a pot, then increase its broth, and serve some of it to your neighbor.” Jami` at-Tirmidhi

Abu Dharr narrated that the Messenger of Allah said :
“Your smiling in the face of your brother is charity, commanding good and forbidding evil is charity, your giving directions to a man lost in the land is charity for you. Your seeing for a man with bad sight is a charity for you, your removal of a rock, a thorn or a bone from the road is charity for you. Your pouring what remains from your bucket into the bucket of your brother is charity for you.” Jami` at-Tirmidhi

Smiling Is Good Character

It takes kindness and generosity to smile to other people, especially strangers. That’s why smiling is considered to be a trait of people with good character.

Abu Wahb narrated that :
‘Abdullah bin Al-Mubarak explained good character, and then he said: “It is a smiling face, doing one’s best in good, and refraining from harm.” Jami` at-Tirmidhi

How To Make Smiling A Habit

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When you have high iman and you read about the character of Rasool Allah (ﷺ), you feel admiration. You want to be like him. But it can be hard to make smiling a habit.

You start to think, “How can I smile more without looking crazy? How can I smile more naturally?”

Here’s a few pointers.

Pick Certain Cues To Smile

Smile When You Wake Up

You can say a du’a for after waking up and then make it a habit to smile after that. Boom. That’s three sunnahs of the Prophet (ﷺ) that you can do in less than a minute – make du’a like the Prophet (ﷺ), smile and have an attitude of gratitude.

Smile When You Joke With Friends

You probably don’t need a reminder to smile here. But its sunnah and this hadith is pretty nice.

The Prophet would smile with his sahaba as they hung out in the morning. His sahaba would reminisce and laugh about how they were before they embraced Islam.

Simak b. Harb reported:
I said to Jabir b. Samura: Did you sit in the company of the Messenger of Allah (may peace he upon him)? He said: Yes, very often. He (the Holy Prophet) used to sit at the place where he observed the morning or dawn prayer till the sun rose or when it had risen; he would stand, and they (his Companions) would talk about matters (pertaining to the days) of ignorance, and they would laugh (on these matters) while (the Holy Prophet) only smiled. Sahih Muslim

Smile In Agreement With Other People

Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) smiled in agreement with a Jewish priest.

Narrated `Abdullah:
A priest from the Jews came (to the Prophet) and said, “On the Day of Resurrection, Allah will place all the heavens on one finger, and the Earth on one finger, and the waters and the land on one finger, and all the creation on one finger, and then He will shake them and say. ‘I am the King! I am the King!'” I saw the Prophet (ﷺ) smiling till his premolar teeth became visible expressing his amazement and his belief in what he had said. Then the Prophet (ﷺ) recited: ‘No just estimate have they made of Allah such as due to Him (up to)…; High is He above the partners they attribute to Him.’ (39.67). Sahih al-Bukhari

Next time you agree with someone, give them a big smile. Smile so big that they can see your premolar teeth, like the Prophet (ﷺ) did.

How Big Do You Have To Smile To Show Your Premolar Teeth?

This big.

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The Prophet (ﷺ) smiled till his premolar teeth became visible

Smile When You See Other People

Smile when you see your spouse. Even if its when you come home after a long day at work.

Smile the moment that you see your family, friends or coworkers.

When you greet others with “assalamu alaikum”, accompany your greeting with a smile.

You can even make an effort to smile at any strangers that you deal with on a day-to-day basis. Be it the cashier bagging your groceries or the attendant at the petrol station.

Make eye-contact with people and smile until your premolar teeth become visible. Ask them about their day.

Who knows, maybe it could be a simple act of da’wah?

I’m sure that more often than not, people would smile back and you’d make their day.

Note: don’t smile at non-mahrams. Stick to smiling at the same gender. We don’t want to send the wrong message!

Smile When You See Animals

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Smile As You Marvel At Allah’s Creation

Next time you go hiking or visit someplace beautiful, express your appreciation for it and smile.

Do you not see that Allah has made subject to you whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth and amply bestowed upon you His favors, [both] apparent and unapparent? But of the people is he who disputes about Allah without knowledge or guidance or an enlightening Book [from Him]. Qur’an 31:20

Smile As You Enjoy Allah’s Blessings

Even if its just the little things. We can smile in order to show gratitude. There is so much that we’re blessed with that we don’t even realise.

And if you should count the favors of Allah, you could not enumerate them. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful. Qur’an 16:18

Go Ahead, Smile Its Sunnah!

Earn hasanat by following the sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ). Make an effort to smile more at others and enjoy the feel-good effect of extra dopamine, endorphins and serotonin!

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