• Ahadith

    Hadith

    Hadith are sayings of the Holy Prophet Muhammed.saw There was no contradiction between his word and the Word of God, the Holy Quran bears testimony to this:

    “He does not say anything from his own self; all of his sayings are in accordance with Divine revelation.”

    Muhammedsaw did not say anything from his own self, all of his sayings were in accordance with Divine revelation. After the Holy Prophetsaw died, his wife Ayesha was asked about his life- her answer was simply:

    “His life was the Quran”.

    All of the words of the Holy Prophetsaw were treated with great religious fervour and devotion. Any interpolation or even slight deviation from his original words was considered a crime for which one was answerable to God. The words used by the Holy Prophetsaw himself were:

    “Hell would be the abode of a person who attributes to me that which I did not say”.

    Among those who recorded the sayings of The Holy Prophet Muhammed,saw six authors are considered to be the most authentic by Muslim scholars. They are known as the Shihah Sittah (The Six Authentic Ones; Sahih Bukhari, Sahih Muslim, Jami Al-Tirmidhi, Sunan Abu Daud, Sunan Ibn Majah, Sunan Nisai). Most of the Hadith presented are taken from these six books. Besides the Sihah Sittah, there is another important compilation of hadith known as Muwatta Imam Malik. This book mainly contains solutions to juristic issues and for this reason is not included among the Sihah Sittah.

    If a Hadith does not conflict with a verse of the Holy Quran, or with a more reliable Hadith, it is the duty of every Muslim to accept it as true and act upon it throughout one’s life. The Holy Quran commnads us:

    “And obey Allah and the Messanger that you may obtain mercy”

    The Promised Messiahas also writes in his famous book Kasht-e Nooh:

    “...After the Holy Quran, the greatest blessing the Muslim’s have received is Sunnah”

    Therefore, considerable emphasis is stressed upon knowing and living by the actions and advices of the Holy Prophet.saw As such, a considerable collection of Hadith is presented – some with commentary if addtional explanantion is required.

    For further reading with a somewhat more comprehensive commentary please refer to these sources:

    ·         Forty Gems of Beauty by Hadrat Mirza bashir Ahmad (http://www.alislam.org/library/books/Forty_Gems_of_Beauty-20080905MN.pdf)

     

    ·         Selected Sayings of the Holy Prophetsaw of Islam (http://www.alislam.org/holyprophet/Selected-Sayings-of-Holy-Prophet-20080529MN.pdf)

     

    ·         Basics of Religious Education by Sheikh Abdul Hadi (http://www.alislam.org/library/books/BasicsReligiousEducation.pdf)

     

    ·         The Wisdom of the Holy Prophetsaw by Zafrullah Khan (http://www.alislam.org/library/books/WisdomOfHolyProphet.pdf)

     

     

     

    1. “Deeds are determined by intentions alone. Man will only get that which he really intends. The migration of the one who truly intends to migrate towards Allah and His Messenger will lead him to Allah and His Messenger. But whoever keeps worldly objects in view will only get worldly objects. If a man migrates intending to marry a woman – that will be his reward.”

    (Bukhari)

     

    2. “The true Muslim is he from whose hands and from whose tongue other Muslims are safe. The true emigrant is he who forsakes that which is forbidden by God.”

    (Bukhari)

     

    3. “There are two expressions which are very dear to God The Beneficient. They are light on the tongue but are immensely weighty in substance, and they are:

     

    Exalted is Allah with all His Glory; Exalted is Allah with all his Majesty”

    (Subhaan-Allahi wa bi-hamdi-hee, subhaan-Allahil-azeem)

    (Bukhari)

     

    4. “The most excellent way of remembering Allah is to proclaim:

     

    There is none worthy of worship except Allah

    (La ilaha ill Allah)

     

    5. And the best supplication is to profess:

     

    All praise belongs to Allah”

    (Al hamdo lilah)

    (Tirmidhi)

     

    6. “The case of one who remembers Allah as against the case of one who does not, is like the living as compared to the dead. The case of the house in which Allah is remembered and the one in which He is not remembered, is like that of the living compared to the dead.”

    (Bukhari)

     

    7. “There are three qualities which, when possessed by someone will enable him to discover the true sweetness of faith:

     

    That Allah and His Messenger are dearer to him that anything else; that he loves someone purely for the sake of Allah; that after Allah The Almighty has saved him from disbelief, he loathes returning to disbelief as much as he abhors being hurled into fire.”

    (Bukhari)

     

    8. “If a believer were truely aware of the extent and intensity of God’s punishment, he would lose all hope of attaining paradise. And if a believer knew of the overwhelming mercy of Allah, he would never despair of paradise.”

    (Muslim)

     

    9. “Once there was a man who committed excesses against his own self. When he was about to die, he told his sons to burn his body upon death, pulverise his remains to powder and throw the ashes into the wind by the ocean. The sons did as they were told but God ordered the earth to retrieve and return to Him all the particles that belonged to the man’s body from wherever they had fallen. Thus the man was brought before God. Allah asked him, “What made you do that?” The man answered,”My awe and fear of Thee forced me to do it.” So God forgave him.”

    (Bukhari)

     

    10. The case of one who does not learn any portion of the Quran is like that of an abandoned house.”

    (Tirmidhi)

     

    11. “Islam is based on five pillars:

    ·         To bear witness that non is worthy of worship except Allah and that Muhammedsaw is the Messenger of Allah.

    ·         To offer Salat (prayer)

    ·         To pay the Zakat (obligatory charity)

    ·         To perform the pilgrimage to the House of Allah

    ·         To keep the fast in the holy month of Ramadhan”

    (Bukhari)

     

    12. “Faith is that you should believe in Allah, His angels, His Books and His prophets; that you should believe in the Day of judgement and that you should believe in the Divine laws relating to good and evil.”

     

    (Tirmidhi)

     

    13. “The one who performs wudu (ablution) in the manner that I did and then offers two rakats of prayer as I did without making innovations, will have his past sins forgiven.”

     

    (Bukhari)

     

    14. When the Holy Prophetsaw was aked which deed was most pleasing to Allah he replied:

    “Offering prayers at the appointed time.”

    When asked what was the next pleasing thing, he added:

    “Being kind to parents.”

    When asked oncemore what the next most pleasing thing was he said:

    “Striving in the path  of Allah.”

    (Bukhari)

     

    15. “Advise your children to perfom the prayers when they reach the age of seven. When they reach the age of ten, you should be strict with them in this matter, and you should also maje them sleep in spearate beds.”

    (Abu Daud)

     

    16. Upon entering the mosque the Holy Prophetsaw would say:

    “In the name of Allah; peace be on the Messenger of Allah. O, my Lord, forgive me my sins, and open the gates of Thy mercy to me.”

    Upon leaving the mosque he would say:

    “In the name of Allah; peace be on the Messenger of Allah. O, my Lord, forgive me my sins, and open the gates of Thy grace to me.”

     

    (Masnad Ahmad)

     

    17. “Of what use to Allah is the fast of one who does not abstain from lying and from deceit.”

    (Bukhari)

     

    18. "O people! Allah has made the pilgrimage obligatory upon you. So you should perform it.”

    (Muslim)

     

    19. “When someone performs the pilgrimage for the sake of Allah, and does not indulge in foul talk or commit any transgression, he becomes as pure and innocent as the day his mother gave birth to him.”

    (Mishkat)

     

    20. “Whoever spends in the cause of Allah is rewarded seven hundred times over.”

    (Tirmidhi)

     

    21. “Give charity to save yourself from the fire, even if it be by giving a fragment of a date. And for one who does not even have that much, by saying a kind word.”

    (Bukhari)

     

    22. “A generous person is close to Allah, close to the people and close to Paradise but far away from Hell. As opposed to this, a miser is far away from Allah, from the people and from Paradise, but close to Hell. An ignorant person who is generous is dearer to Allah that a worshipping miser.”

    (Qushariyyah)

     

    23. When the Holy Prophetsaw was asked which act of charity had the greates reward he replied:

    “That you give charity when you are in good health, when you are in need, and when you are afraid of poverty and desire to become wealthy – if, even then, you are not neglectful.”

    (Mishkat)

     

    24. “By Allah! If Allah helps you to guide just a single person to the truth, it is better for you than the most precious red camel.”

    (Mulsim)

     

    25. “Make religion easy for others to follow; do not make it difficult. Similarly, present religion in a pleasing manner; do not make it repulsive to others.”

    (Muslim)

     

    26. “Allah The Almighty has laid down certain obligations: Do not disregard them. He has set certain limits: do not transgress them. He has forbidden certain things: Do not go near them. He has kept silent about some other things, out of kindness to you, not because of forgetfullness: so do not make unnecessary inquiries regarding them.”

    (Dar Qutni)

     

    27. “Usually one marries for four reasons; For her wealth, for her family, for her beauty and for her righteousness. Give preference to the one who is righteous. May you remain humble.”

    (Bukhari)

     

    28. “The worst marriage feast is the one in which only the rich are invited and the poor are left out. He who is invited (by a humble man) and refuses to accept the invitation (out of haughtiness) is disobedient to Allah and His Messenger.”

    (Muslim)

     

    29. “The most dislike of all lawful things in the sight of Allah is divorce.”

    (Abu Daud)

     

    30. “The best among you is he who is best to his family and I am the best of those who are good to their families.”

    (Abu Daud)

     

    31. “The one dearest to me and the one nearest to me on the Day of Judgement, will be the one who is most well mannered. The most loathesome from among you and the furthest removed from me on that day will be the boastful, the braggarts and the arrogant and spiteful.”

    (Tirmidhi)

     

    32. “I have been sent to perfect the best of morals.”

    (Al-Sunan al-Kubra)

     

    33. “You can never enrich people with your money alone; so help them cheerfuly and with good grace.”

    (Qushariyyah)

     

    34. “None of you is a true believer unless he likes for others that which he likes for himself.”

    (Bukhari)

     

    35. “Do not laugh excessively, because excessive laughter causes the heart to die.”

    (Maajah)

     

    36. “O people! Say Peace be upon you (Assalamo Alaikum)! Feed others! Be mindful of your obligations towards relatives! Worship Allah whilst others sleep! Do this, and you will enter Paradise in peace.”

    (Tirmidhi)

     

    37. “When there are three of you together, two of you should not talk whilst excluding the third, as it will hurt him, unless you are joined by others.”

    (Muslim)

     

    38. “He who is not grateful to people is not grateful to Allah.”

    (Tirmidhi)

     

    39. When asked who deserves the best of treatment the Holy Prophetsaw replied,

    “Your mother, then your mother, then your mother. Then your father and then your next of kin.”

    (Bukhari)

     

    40. “Poorly is the person, poorly is trhe person, again, poorly is the person, the one who lives long enough to witness the old age of his parents, yet fails to earn Paradise by serving them.”

    (Muslim)

     

    41. “Whoever believes in Allah and the Day of Judgement should only say that which is good or else remain quiet.”

    (Bukhari)

     

    42. “I testify in the name of God that he does not believe. I testify in the name of God that he does not believe. I testify in the name of God that he does not believe.”

    When the Holy Prophetsaw was asked who does not believe he relied:

    “He whose neighbour is not safe from his mischief.”

    (Bukhari)

     

    43. “Seek in the midst of the weak and the poor; verily you are sustained and supported by their labour.”

    (Tirmidhi)

     

    44. “The height of excellence is that you should strengthen the ties of relationship with the one who severs them and be geneerous to the one who is miserly to you and be forgiving to the one who abuses you.”

    (Masnad Ahmad)

     

    45. “Giving of alms does not diminish one’s wealth. Allah bestows honour on, and raises the status of, the one who forgives any excess committed against him and who does not treat the transgressor with haughtiness.”

    (Masnad Ahmed)

     

    46. “All praise belongs to Allah who provided us with food and drink and made us Muslims.”

    (Tirmidhi)

     

    47. After forbidding some of his followers to wear silk and brocade, and to drink or eat out of gold or silver vessels, the Holy Prophet said:

    “These things are for them (the non-believers) in this life, and for you in the Hereafter.”

    (Muslim)

     

    48. “Cleanliness is a requirement of faith.”

    (Mulsim)

     

    49. “Brushing the teeth keeps the mojuth clean and pleases Allah.”

    (Nisai)

     

    50. “Do not be jealous of each other. Do not inflate prices. Do not hate each other. Do not turn your back on each other. Do not make an offer while two parties are engaged in bargaining. Be true servents of God by becoming brothers to one another.”

    (Muslim)

     

    51. “Muslims are brothers to one another. One should not trangress against the other; he should not treat the other with disdain, nor should he forsake him.”

    (Muslim)

     

    52. “Beware of the fire of jealousy, because it consumes good deeds as fire consumes wood and straw.”

    (Abu Daud)

     

    53. “Arrogance lies in the rejection of truth and in looking down on people.”

    (Muslim)

     

    54. “You should adhere to truthfulness because it leads to virtue and virtue leads to Paradise. If a person speaks the truth and remains in pursuit of truth, a time comes when he is adjudged truthfully by Allah. Beware of lieing, because lieing leads to vice and vice leads to Hell. If a person continues to tell lies and persists in doing so, a time comes when he is adjudged a liar of the first degree by Allah.”

    (Mulsim)

     

    55. “Should I not tell you of the worst of sins?”

    His followers then inquired what they were and the Holy Prophetsaw said:

    “Associating anyone with Allah and disobeying parents...”

    The Holy Prophetsaw began to recline and then sat up and said:

    “Beware of telling lies.”

    He continued to repeat this until his followers wished that he would stop for fear of it.

    (Bukhari)

     

    56. “Surely things will happen to my people as happened earlier to the Israelites. They will resemble each other like one shoe in a pair resembles the other – to the extent that if anyone among the Israelites committed adultery with even his own mother, there will be some who would do this in my ummah (people) as well. Verily, the Israelites were divided into 72 sects, but my people will be divided into 73 sects. All of them will be in the Fire except one.”

    The Companions then asked who the poeple of this sect would be, and he relpied:

    “They are the people who will follow my practice and that of my companions.”

     

    This prophecy was gloriously fulfilled with the advent of the Promissed Messiahas and his establishment of the Ahmaddiyat Jamaat; the 73rd established Muslim sect.

     

    “What a wretched state you will be in when the son of Mary descends among you while he will be your Imam (religious leader) from among you?”

    (Bukhari)

     

    57. “When you find the Mahdi, perform baiat (pledge of allegience) at his hands. You must go to him, even if you have to reach him across icebound mountains on your knees. He is the Mahdi and the Caliph of Allah.”

     (Majah)

     

    58. “Surely two signs will appear for our Mahdi which have never appeared before (as sings of turth for anyone else) since the creation of heaven and the earth. In the month of Ramadha, the crescent moon will be eclipsed on the first day and the sun will be eclipsed on the middle day. Both of these eclipses will take place in the same month of Ramadhan. And these signs will never have occured before since Allah created the heavens and the earth.”

    (Sunan Sar Qutni)

     

    59. This prophecy was restated and subsequently fulfilled by the Promissed Messiahas and acts as a resounding testimony to the truth of his mission and prophethood.

     

    “Beware, there will be no prophet or messenger between Jesusas, the son of Mary and me. Remember, he shall be my Caliph after me to my people. Remember, he will kill Anti-Christ, break the cross, abolish the taking of Jizia (tax collected from a defeated people), as there would be no longer any war. Remember, whoever meets him should convey my greatings to him.”

    (Tabraani)

     

    60. After the revelation of Sura Jum’a (Chapter 62 – Holy Quran) the Holy Prophetsaw was asked who would be those of them who would come later and have not yet joined them. After they repeated the question three times, he replied after placing his hand on his Persain companion Salman:

    “Even if faith ascended to the Pleiades (a cluster of stars) there would be someone from his people who would restore faith back to the earth.”

     

    This prophecy was fulfilled in the advent of the Promissed Messiahas as he was a man of Persian descent.

     

    Whoso, with a view to the welfare and reformation of my people, committed to memory at

    least forty of my hadith, Allah, the Excellent, will raise him up on the Day of Resurrection as a jurist and religious Divine, and I will be his intercessor with Allah and a witness to his faith.”

    (Baihaqi)

     

    61. “I have been granted five distinctions which none of the Prophets was granted before me.

    Firstly, I have been reinforced with awe extending as far as a month’s journey, secondly

    the entire earth has been made for me a mosque and a means of purity, thirdly, the

    booty of war has been made lawful for me; it was never made lawful before me; fourthly, I

    have been granted the honour of intercession with the Lord and fifthly, while Prophets before

    me were commissioned to their particular people, I have been sent to the entire mankind.”

    (Bukhari)

     

    62. “I am the last Prophet and this mosque of mine (at Medina) is the last mosque.”

    (Muslim)

     

    63. This statement certainly refers to the Holy Prophetsaw being the last Law Bearing prophet given the numerous hadith that refer to the second coming of Jesus, excellently fulfilled in the coming of the Promised Messiah.as

     

     “Allah does not see towards your shapesand your wealth but He sees towards your hearts and your actions.”

    (Muslim)

     

    64. “Whoso believed in Allah and in His Prophetsaw and established prayer and observed fast in Ramadhan, Allah promises to admit him into Paradise whether he fights for His cause or sits in the garden house where he was born.”

    (Bukhari)

     

    65. “There are a hundred grades in Paradise, prepared by Allah for those who fight in the

    path of Allah, and, in between each, is as great a distance as is between earth and heaven. So

    when you beg of Allah, beg of Him the Firdaus: for, it is the most central Paradise and the

    highest one and aloft of it is the celestial seat of the Gracious God and therefrom spring the

    streams of Paradise.”

    (Bukhari)

     

    66. “Whoever of you sees something repugnant to morals or faith, he should change it by his

    hand. If he has not the strength to do so, then by the word of mouth. And if he cannot do so,

    then dislike it at heart (and endeavor to reform through prayer), but he would say that this was

    the weakest of faith.”

    (Muslim)

     

    67. “Help your brother be he the oppressor or the oppressed.”

    The companions of the Holy Prophetsaw first stated that they understood but then asked what they should do to help the person if he be a wrongdoer. The Holy Prophetsaw simply replied:

    “Hold his hand.”

    (Bukhari)

     

    68. “It is binding on a Muslim to listen to and carry out an order issued by his officers

    whether he likes it or not, except when it involves the violation of a commandment of

    God or His Prophet or of a superior officer.”

    (Bukhari)

     

    69. A person enquired of the Holy Prophetsaw as to which form of jihad was the best, he replied:

    “The word of truth to the wrongdoing ruler.”

    (Nisai)

     

    70. “One who had no compassion for our young ones and did not recognize the rights of our elders was not of us.”

    (Abu Daud)

     

    71. “Respect your children and cultivate in them the best of manners.”

    (Ibn Majah)

     

    72. “Best of you is one who is best in his treatment of his wife and I am the best of you in the treatment of my family.”

    (Tirmidhi)

     

    73. “I swear by the Being who holds the life of Muhammadsaw in His hands that no woman shall

    be deemed to have done her duty by her God unless she has done her duty to her husband.”

    (Ibn Majah)

     

    74. “I and the guardian of the orphan will be in the Paradise close together like two fingers.”

    (Tirmidhi)

     

    75. “O ye people, desire not to meet the enemy in battle and seek of Allah peace and

    tranquillity. But if you meet the enemy in battle, then be steady and persevering in fighting and

    remember that Paradise lies under the shadow of swords.”

    (Muslim)

     

    76. “Go in the way of Allah, in His Name and be not dishonest and break not the covenant with

    the enemy and mutilate not their dead and kill neither their children nor their women.”

    (Muslim)

     

    77. “If the larger dose of a thing causes intoxication, its small quantity is also unlawful.”

    (Abu Daud)

     

    78. “Whoso cheats in business and in transactions, and is not at heart what he appears to be, is not of me.”

    (Muslim)

     

    79. “Whoso imitated another people (leaving the way and tradition of his own community and people) will be considered one of them.”

    (Abu Daud)

     

    80. “In the body is a piece of flesh, when it gets well, the whole body gets well and when it becomes unhealthy, the whole body gets unhealthy and hark! That piece is the heart.”

    (Bukhari)

     

    81. “When a man declares about certain people that they are doomed, it is he who consigns them to the doom.”

    (Muslim)

     

    82. “The one who repented of sin was like one who had never sinned.”

    (Ibn Majah)

     

    83. “A believer is never bitten twice in the same hole.”

    (Bukhari)

     

    84. “Nothing weighs heavier in the scale of God than the excellence of conduct.”

    (Abu Daud)

     

    85. “When the leaders of a people pay you a visit, show them due respect.”

    (Ibn Majah)

     

    86. “Pay wages to the worker before his sweat is dry.”

    (Ibn Majah)

     

    87. In a sermon from the pulpit, the Prophet of Allahsaw once enjoined charity and at the same time advised against begging, he then stated:

    “The upper hand (of the donor) was better than the lower hand (of the receiver).”

    (Imam Malik)

     

    88. “It is better that thou leave thy heirs in affluence than that thou leave them in straits, seeking help of others.”

    (Bukhari)

     

    89. “It is the duty of every Muslim man and woman to seek knowledge.”

    (Ibn Majah)

     

    90. “The word of wisdom is the lost property of a Muslim, so that wherever he finds it, he should take it, as he is the most entitled to it.”

    (Tirmidhi)

     

    91. “A little that suffices ones need is better than plenty that makes one forgetful.”

    (Chehl Ahadith)

     

    92. “Speaking without thinking leads to trouble.”

    (Chehl Ahadith)

     

    93. “The one who takes back his own gift is like one who licks his own vomit.”

    (Muslim)

     

    94. “The best among you is the one who learns the Quran and teaches it.”

    (Bukhari)

     

    95. “Hearsay is not like seeing.”

    (Bin Hunbal)

     

    96. “Paradise is under the feet of your mother.”

    (Nisai)

     

    97. “Backbiting is worse than killing.”

    (Chehl Ahadith)

     

    98. “It is a sin to abandon praying.”

    (Chehl Ahadith)

     

    99. “He who knows his own worth will never perish.”

    (Chehl Ahadith)

     

    100. “The best action in the sight of Allah is that which is done with regularity, even if it is small.”

    (Bukhari)

     

    101. “A word of goodness is an act of charity.”

    (Bukhari)

     

    102. “The strong person is not he who can defeat others in wrestling but he who can fully control himself during his anger.”

    (Bukhari)

     

    103. “A hypocrite has three characteristics. When he speaks he lies, when he makes a promise he breaks it and when he is entrusted with something he violates that trust.”

    (Bukhari)

     

    104. “A Muslim is a mirror of another Muslim.”

    (Bukhari)

     

    105. “Allah preferes those who hasten to be the first to greet others (Saying peace be upon you – Asalamu Alaikum).”

    (Abu daud)

     

    106. “A person who severs the ties of kinship will never enter Paradise.”

    (Bukhari)

     

    107. “One who does not show mercy will not be shown mercy.”

    (Bukhari)

     

    108. “Every matter of importance which is not begun with the praise of Allah remains without blessing.”

    (Abu Daud)

     

    109. “Allah is kind and loves kindness in all affairs.”

    (Muslim)

     

    110. “Always look whois below you (in wealth or situation) and do not look at the one above you. In this way you will be most likely not to deny the favours of Allah.”

    (Muslim)

     

    111. “Modesty is all virtue.”

    (Chehl Ahadith)

     

    112. “One who urges to do good gets the reward like a doer.”

    (Chehl Ahadith)

     

    113. “The promise of a believer is as good as a thing in hand.”

    (Bukhari)

     

    114. “It is not permissable for a Muslim to sever ties with another Muslim for more than three days.”

    (Bukhari)

     

    115. “One who is not thankful to peaople is not thankful to Allah.”

    (Tirmidhi)

     

    116. “The chief of the poeple is the one who serves them.”

    (Chehl Ahadith)

     

    117. “In every matter moderation is best.”

    (Chehl Ahadith)

     

    118. “Whatever is said in our meetings is a trust.”

    (Chehl Ahadith)

     

    119. “Truth saves, falsehood destroys.”

    (Tirmidhi)

     

    120. “Believers are united like a building, each part of which is a source of strength for the other part.”

    (Tirmidhi)

     

    121. “The best word is the Book of Allah (The Quran) and the best guidance is the guidance of Muhammed.”saw

    (Mulim)

     

    122. “Surely your best day is Friday. So be diligent on that day in calling down your bleesings on me, for your blessings are conveyed to me.”

    (Abu Daud)

     

    123. “A generous person is close to Allah, close to me, close to people and far away from the fire.”

    (Qushariyyah)

     

    124. “The beauty of a person’s Islam (faith) is that he abndons all that is vain.”

    (Tirmidhi)

     

    125. “Leave aside that which is doubtful to you and adopt that which has no doubt in it.”

    (Bukhari)

     

    126. “A person may adopt his friends religion (way of life) therefore he should be careful who he befirends.”

    (Abu Daud)