Hakim al-Umma Hadhrat Mawlana Ashraf ‘Ali Thanawi (may Allah have mercy on him) tells that he was suprised to see out of season gourd (a vegetable) dish on his lunch platter. He inquired from his wife regarding this.
The respected wife of Hakim al-Umma (may Allah have mercy on them) told that she had instructed the servant to search for this vegetable and purchase it as long as it was available in the market. This was because she came to know that our master the holy Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) liked it.
Hadhrat Hakim al-Umma tells that this answer made him tremble from head to toe. I contemplated that an illiterate house wife has such love of the Prophet’s liking, whereas I as a scholar never thought about it. The impact was tremendous, for the next three days I took account of all my daily activities in minute details. I made an analysis of all my actions which of them I did just as a habit and a normal routine and which ones I did considering them to be Sunna.
I made sure that from now onwards all my actions were completely in accordance with the Sunna.