The Grand List of Daily Sunnahs

Waking up Wiping the face with hands
supplication of waking up
Siwaak
Snuff water
Wash both hands three times
Washroom Enter with left foot
Supplication of entering restroom
Supplication of existing restroom
Wudo (Ablution) Tasmiyah (Beginning with Bismillah)
Wash both hands three times
Rinse the mouth and snuff water with the same handful
Siwak
Running fingers through a thick beard when washing the face
Wipe the head from forehead to nape and back to front again
Run water through fingers and toes
Begin with right hand and foot
Washing the face, arms and feet three times
Pronounce the shadah
Perform Wudo at home
Dalk: Rub water over body parts with the hand
Two Rak’ah after completing wudo
Siwaak Before every prayer
Upon entering the house
When reciting the Quran
When smell of mouth changes
Dressing & Undressing When putting on shoes/clothes, start from right
When taking off shoes/clothes, start from left
Supplication for putting on clothes
Entering & Leaving house Remember Allah when entering
Supplication when entering
Tasleem: Say Salam to everyone upon entering
Supplication upon leaving the house
Going to the masjid Go early for salah
Supplicate when entering the masjid
Walk with dignity, calmness and avoid excessive looking
Walk to the masjid
Enter the masjid with the right foot
Pray Tahiyaatul Masjid upon entering
Proceed to first row (without distrubing others)
Supplicate when leaving the masjid
Leave with the left foot
Adhaan (Call to prayer) Repeat what the Mu’adhzin is saying, except for ‘come to prayer/success’
After adhaan, send salah on Prophet (Peace be upon him) and make dua for him
Make dua for yourself
Praying Pray towards a sutrah. (Set something in front and pray towards it)
Rawaatib Prayers (sunnah prayers along with obligatory salah)
Perform Voluntary and Sunnah prayers at home
Duha Prayer (2-8 Rakah after sun rises and before dhur time)
Salatul Ta’hajjut (maximum of 11 or 13 Rakah, including Witr)
Begin Qiyamul Lail (Ta’hajjut) with two short surahs
Lengthen qiyamul lail
Make lots of dua in the last third of the night
Shorten the length of the sunnah prayer for Fajr
Take a rest after the sunnah prayer of Fajr
Sitting after the fajr prayer in the masjid until sun rises
Make lots of dua during sujood and before saying tasleem
After finishing the prayer, praise Allah, send Salah upon the Prophet (Peace be upon him)
Saying Subhan Allah, Alhamdulilah & Allahu Akbar 33 times after completing Salah
Ayatul Kursee, Mu’awwidhat in morning/evening & after salah
Meeting People Tasleem: Say Salam to everyone upon meeting
Lengthen the greeting (Asalamu alikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakartuh)
Smile
Shake hands
Speak words which are pure and pleasing to Allah
Eating & Drinking Tasmiyah (Beginning with Bismillah)
Eat and drink with right hand
Eat from in front of you
If some food drops, clean it and eat it
Keep the right leg upright and sit on the left when eating
Lick the bowl and fingers after finishing
Praise and thank Allah
Supplication of finishing food
Sit while drinking
Say Tahmeed (Alhamdulilah) after drinking
Drink in three breathes. Breathe outside the drinking vessel
Quran Finish the Quran at least once a month
Fasting Fast on Mondays and thursdays
Fast three days from every month (13,14 & 15 of the moon)
Sadaqah Give in charity from that what you love
Sleeping Supplication before going to sleep
Recite the Mu’awwidhaat and wipe the body
Reciting the last two ayahs of Surah Baqara
Saying Subhan Allah, Alhamdulilah & Allahu Akbar 34 times before sleeping
Recite Ayatul Kursee
Sleep on the right side

The Grand List of Common Bidahs


  1. Saying Iqamah in the left ear of a new born. (The sunnah is to say the azaan in the right ear alone)
  2. Celebrating Shabe-ba’rat (15th of shaban)
  3. Celebrating the night of ascension (mi’raj) (27th of Rajab)
  4. Celebrating Mawlid (Birthday of the Prophet)
  5. Mourning on the 3rd, 10th, 40th and on the yearly death anniversary of the deceased
  6. Doing tasbeeh (Subhan Allah), tahleel (la ilaha ill lal la) and tamheed (Alhamduliah) on stone, pebbles or the likes and doing so in a group.
  7. Reciting quran for the sake of benefiting the deceased with the reward of what is recited. This includes reciting quran as group by hiring people or inviting relatives, blowing over the food after recitation, and sharing that food with people on the death anniversary of a person.
  8. Making group dua right after the funeral prayer.
  9. Praying four rakat before the fard of jummah prayers.
  10. Making group dua at the end of each salah. (We cannot find any reference where after each salah the Prophet would make a dua and the sahaba will repeat ameen after him. Post salah zikr and Individual duas are found in the authentic narrations)
  11. Making group chanting of kalmiatu ikhlas at the end of each salah. (sunnah is to say Allahu Akbar, Astagfurllah x 3, and other masnoon duas, including kalima on personal basis)
  12. Doing a total of three khutbahs for Jumma. One in urdu and two in Arabic.
  13. Celebrating Urs (yearly festival) of saints.
  14. Sacrificing animals in the name of saints.
  15. Praying or supplicating to the dead, the saints, or anyone else besides Allah. (This includes slogans like Ya Ali, Ya Hussain and the likes)
  16. Making up for missed salahs that were missed during the state of being a child or a non-muslim.
  17. Believing in or using lucky charms, amulets, and soothsayers (najomis).
  18. Saying out loud the intention for prayer.
  19. Making monuments on graves. Making solid graves (through brick and stones)
  20. Mourning the first ten days of Muharam by not having marriage ceremonies or by mourning the martyrs of Karbala.
  21. Doing a khutbah before eid prayers.
  22. Praying eid prayers in a manner not found in the ahadith.
  23. Believing that Allah is everywhere. (Numerous verses from the Quran and narrations from hadith clearly mention that Allah is above His throne. e-g, Surah Taha, Verse 5)
  24. Believing that Allah is without image and is formless and/or disbelieving in His attributes. (We find certain physical attributes of Allah in Quran and Sunnah. Those physical attributes are not like anything we can compare to and are such that they suite Him accordingly. For example, we know from Quran & Sunnah that Allah has  hands, eyes, shin but all of these cannot be compared to anything else that has been created.)
  25. Believing in the sufi methodology of tarikat, abdaals, and such. (These believes have no basis in sharia. search for ‘abdal’ on wikipedia for a general understanding of this concept)
  26. Shaking hands with the one on the left and right after finishing every salah.
  27. Kissing thumbs upon hearing the name of the Prophet (PBUH).
  28. Visiting shrines of the saints.
  29. Sending salam on the Prophet (PBUH) out loud and as a group after every salah, especially after salatul jummah like done by the Barelvi community.
  30. Wiping the hands on the back of the neck while doing ablution (wudu). (This practice cannot be found in the authentic ahadith)
  31. Looking up and pointing towards the sky while reciting the shahada (testimony of faith) after. completion of wudu. (only reciting the shahada is from the sunnah).
  32. praying salatul tasbeeh. (no authentic hadith talks about this kind of prayer)
  33. praying nawafil on eid day before eid prayers.
  34. Believing that there are Prophets or messengers after Muhammad (PBUH).
  35. Believing that saints, prophets, or other people share characteristics of Allah or have special independent powers from Allah. Such as believing that saints can give life, or that they hold keys to the material treasures of heaven and earth. This includes believing that the Prophet (PBUH) had complete and absolute Knowledge of the unseen.
  36. Belief that the Prophet was created from the Noor (light) of Allah.
  37. Believing that the whole world and everything in it was created for Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). (Refer to Quran 51:56♦)
  38. Believing that those who achieve the high level of righteousness through piety (like saints) no longer need to follow the guidelines of the sharia.
  39. Exaggeration in praising of the good people.
  40. Reciting Naats (Nasheeds/Priases) of the Prophet (PBUH) by using musical instruments or techniques which resemble songs and music. This includes the field of Qawali as found abundantly in Indo-Pakistan region.
  41. Learning religion for the sole purpose of earning this world.
  42. The concept of taqleed. (choosing an imam and sticking with his rulings alone in all the matters of the deen)
  43. Separating religious matters from worldly matters like the Christian did with segregation of state and church.
  44. Indulging in magic, soothsayers, palmists, astrologists and numerologists, whether you believe them or not.
  45. Sending blessings on the Prophet (PBUH) out loud before making each azan.
  46. Asking some one else to do istikahra for oneself. Paying some one to do Istikhara.
  47. Washing the limbs more than three times during wudu (ablution).
  48. Believing that only a black sheep can be given as sadaqa (charity).
  49. Believing that black color is associated with mourning, bad news, and sadness.
  50. Believing that the Prophet (PBUH) is everywhere and/or that he attends certain gatherings of ‘remembrance’.
  51. Believing that talking during making wudu (ablution) or smiling/laughing while with wudu invalidates the ablution.
  52. Believing in the altered concept of tawassul. For example, making dua to Allah that he grants you something by the name of His Prophet (PBUH).

Note: When it comes to Bidah it is the ones who are involved in it that have to prove its authenticity from Quran or Sunnah, not the other way around. But if some persists, then my proof for classifying all the above as bidah is that we do not find any reference to these actions in the Quran or authentic sunnah.

If there is any error in the above list, then it is from me and the shaytaan. Please point out any errors and i will fix them inshalah. If i have left something out, please inform me so i may include it in the list. I ask Allah for forgiveness for the mistakes and sins that i know and for those that i do not know. And i ask Allah for guidance, mercy, faith, and compassion for myself and for the ummah of Muhammad (peace be upon him)

[51:56] I did not create the jinns and the humans except to worship Me alone.