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  What is Hadith?
This is a body of literature that comprises the sayings, teachings, behaviour etc. of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Muslims try to emulate the character of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in their daily lives and use the hadith as a key source to that end. The Qur'an together with hadith constitute the two most authoritative sources for moral, ethical and spiritual guidance for Muslims.
  Below are a number of the Sayings of the Messenger of God, Muhammad (peace be upon him). A hadith is posted every week on the Mountain of Light website:

The Messenger of God (may peace be upon him) said:
"Whoever eats pure food, acts with prophetic scruples, and secures others from his own misfortunes shall enter Paradise "

The above Hadith was narrated by Al-Tirmithi. Translation by Hamza Yusuf. Taken from the book: "The Content of Character"

 

The Second Glance

The Messenger of God Muhammad (may peace be upon him) said to his cousin Ali ibn Abi Talib:
"O Ali, do not follow a glance * with another, for you will be forgiven for the first, but not for the second. "

The above Hadith was reported by al-Tirmidhi, 2701; see Saheeh al-Jaami’, 7953

* God commands the believers in the Holy Quran: Tell the believers to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts, etc.). That is purer for them. Verily, God is All-Aware of what they do. (The chapter of - An-Nur 24:30)

 

Salat (the five daily prayers)

The Messenger of God Muhammad (may peace be upon him) said:
"The first matter that the slave will be brought to account for on the Day of Judgment is the Salat (the five daily prayers). If it is sound, then the rest of his deeds will be sound. And if it is bad, then the rest of his deeds will be bad. "

The above Hadith was recorded by al-Tabarani. According to al-Albani, it is sahih. Al-Albani, Sahih al-Jami, vol.1, p. 503.

The Messenger of God Muhammad (may peace be upon him) said:
"If a person had a stream outside his door and he bathed in it five times a day, do you think he would have any filth left on him?" The people said, "No filth would remain on him whatsoever." The Prophet (peace be upon him) then said, "That is like the five daily prayers: Allah (God) wipes away the sins by them."

The above Hadith was recorded by al-Bukhari and Muslim

 

Fasting

The Messenger of God Muhammad (may peace be upon him) said:
"Whoever fasts during Ramadan with faith and seeking his reward from Allah (God) will have his past sins forgiven. Whoever prays during the nights in Ramadan with faith and seeking his reward from Allah will have his past sins forgiven. And he who passes Lailat al-Qadr in prayer with faith and seeking his reward from Allah will have his past sins forgiven."

The blessed Messenger also said:
"If a person does not avoid false talk and false conduct during Siyam, then God does not care if he abstains from food and drink"

The above Hadiths were related by al- Bukhari as well as Muslim

 

Love

The Messenger of God (may peace be upon him) said:
"God will say on the Day of Resurrection: Where are those who love one another through My glory? Today I shall give them shade in My shade, it being a day when there is no shade but My shade."

The above Hadith was narrated by al- Bukhari as well as Malik

 

The Messenger of God (may peace be upon him) said:
"God has never dignified anyone due to his ignorance, nor humiliated anyone due to his knowledge. And wealth is never diminished as a result of charity."

The above Hadith was narrated by Ad-Daylami. Translation by Hamza Yusuf. Taken from the book: "The Content of Character"

 

Jesus & Muhammad

The Messenger of God (may peace be upon him) said:
"I am the closest of all people to Jesus, son of Mary, in this world and the Hereafter; for all prophets are brothers, with different mothers but one religion"

Taken from the book "The Wisdom of the Prophet", a selection from the Hadith translated by Thomas Cleary

 

Gratitude

When the Prophet (peace be upon him) finished his meal, he would say: "Thanks be to God, who has suffices us and quenched our thirst. There is no refusal or denial."

When the dining sheet was removed, the Prophet would say:
"All praise and thanks belong to God, so much that is good and blessed therein; there is no refusing, no leaving, and no dispensing with You, our Lord"

Economy

The Messenger of God (may peace be upon him) said:
"Food for two suffices three; and food for three suffices four"

Taken from the book "The Wisdom of the Prophet", a selection from the Hadith translated by Thomas Cleary

 

The Removal of Faith

The Messenger of God (may peace be upon him) said:
"God removes faith from one who engages in illicit sex or consumes intoxicants just as a man removes his shirt when pulling it over his head"

The above Hadith was narrated by Al-Hakim. Translation by Hamza Yusuf. Taken from the book: "The Content of Character"



Humility

The Messenger of God (may peace be upon him) said:
"Practice humility until no one oppresses or belittles another

The above Hadith was narrated by Muslim. Translation by Hamza Yusuf. Taken from the book: "The Content of Character"



Mindfulness

The Messenger of God (may peace be upon him) said:
"Be mindful of God, and you will find God in front of you. Acknowledge God in ease, and God will acknowledge you in distress. And know that what misleads you will never enable you to do right, and what enables you to do right will never mislead you. And know that help comes with patience, and that relief comes with distress; and that with difficulty comes ease.

Taken from the book "The Wisdom of the Prophet", a selection from the Hadith translated by Thomas Cleary



Repeating All We Hear

The Messenger of God (may peace be upon him) said:
"A person has done enough wrong in his life if he simply repeats everything he hears

The above Hadith was narrated by Muslim. Translation by Hamza Yusuf. Taken from the book: "The Content of Character"



The Chief of Prayers For Forgiveness

The Messenger of God (may peace be upon him) said:
"The chief of prayers for forgiveness is:

O God, you are my Lord, there is no God but You. You created me and I am Your servant and I will keep my covenant and promise to you as much as I can. I seek refuge with You from all the evil I have done. I admit before You Your blessings upon me and I admit to You all my sins. So forgive me. Certainly none can forgive sins except You.

The Prophet, (pbuh), added, “If somebody recites it during the day with firm faith in it and dies on the same day before the evening, he will be from the people of Paradise and if somebody recites it at night with firm faith in it and dies before the morning he will be from the people of Paradise."

The above Hadith was narrated on the authority of Shaddad ibn Aws from the Sahih al-Bukhari compilation book of prophetic sayings. A collection of supplications and prayers by the Prophet Muhammed can be found in Yusuf Islam's Prayers of the Last Prophet book and audio CD (read by Yusuf Islam).


The Tongue

The Messenger of God (may peace be upon him) said:
"The majority of man's sins emanate from his tongue"

The above Hadith was narrated by At-Tabarani. Translation by Hamza Yusuf. Taken from the book: "The Content of Character"

 

An Honest Day's Work

The Messenger of God (may peace be upon him) said:
"God loves to see His servant exhausted after an honest day's work

The above Hadith was narrated by Ad-Daylami. Translation by Hamza Yusuf. Taken from the book: "The Content of Character"

 

Living What You Teach

The Messenger of God (may peace be upon him) said:
"A person who teaches goodness to others while neglecting his own soul is like an oil lamp, which illumines others while burning itself out"

The above Hadith was narrated by Al-Tirmithi. Translation by Hamza Yusuf. Taken from the book: "The Content of Character"

 

Appearance & Reality

The Messenger of God (may peace be upon him) said:
"A person may be doing the deeds of the people of Paradise so far as society can see, while actually being one of the people of Hellfire. And a person may be doing the deeds of the people of Hellfire so far as society can see, while actually being one of the people of Paradise."

Taken from the book "The Wisdom of the Prophet", a selection from the Hadith translated by Thomas Cleary

 

Charity & Relatives

The Messenger of God (may peace be upon him) said:
"Charity given to one's relatives twice multiplies its reward"

The above Hadith was narrated by Al-Tabarani. Translation by Hamza Yusuf. Taken from the book: "The Content of Character"

 

Sacred Knowledge

The Messenger of God (may peace be upon him) said:
"Whoever decides to relocate solely to study sacred knowledge is forgiven before even setting out"

The above Hadith was narrated by Al-Tirmithi. Translation by Hamza Yusuf. Taken from the book: "The Content of Character"


Virtue & Sin

The Messenger of God (may peace be upon him) said:
"Virtue is goodness of character, and sin is what you devise in your self and hate for people to find out about it."

Taken from the book "The Wisdom of the Prophet", a selection from the Hadith translated by Thomas Cleary

 

God's Messenger (peace be upon him) never confronted people directly with anything reprehensible to them.

The above Hadith was narrated by Imam Ahmad. Translation by Hamza Yusuf. Taken from the book: "The Content of Character"

 

The Influence of Association

The Messenger of God (may peace be upon him) said:
"A man inclines to the belief of his friend, so let each one of you watch out who he befriends."

Taken from the book "The Wisdom of the Prophet", a selection from the Hadith translated by Thomas Cleary

 

Love

The Messenger of God (may peace be upon him) said:
" Three practices will keep sincere your brother's love for you: greeting him when you see him; making room for him in gatherings; and calling him by the most endearing of his names."

And The Messenger of God also said:
"Hearts naturally love those who are kind to them and loath those who are cruel"

The above Hadith was narrated by Al-Bayhaqi. Translation by Hamza Yusuf. Taken from the book: "The Content of Character"

 

The Just

The Messenger of God (may peace be upon him) said:
"The just will be on platforms of light in the presence of God; those who are just in their decisions, with their families, and with what they are in charge of."

Taken from the book "The Wisdom of the Prophet", a selection from the Hadith translated by Thomas Cleary

 

Possessiveness & Liberality

Someone asked of the Prophet (pbuh) three times, and the Prophet gave him something each time. Then the Prophet said, "This resource is a fresh sweet fruit, and whoever takes it in a spirit free from possessiveness is blessed in it, while whoever takes it in a possessive spirit is not blessed in it, and is one who eats but is not sated. It is better to give than to receive."

Taken from the book "The Wisdom of the Prophet", a selection from the Hadith translated by Thomas Cleary

 

Seven Destructive Things

The Messenger of God (may peace be upon him) said:
"Avoid the seven destructive things."
People asked, "What are they, O Messenger of God?"
The Prophet said, "Idolatry; sorcery; killing a person declared inviolable by God, except for a just reason; profiteering; consuming the property of an orphan; turning back when it is time to advance; and defaming* chaste believing women who happen to be careless."

* damage the good reputation of (someone); slander

Taken from the book "The Wisdom of the Prophet", a selection from the Hadith translated by Thomas Cleary

 

Economy

The Messenger of God (may peace be upon him) said:
"Food for two suffices three; and food for three suffices four."

Taken from the book "The Wisdom of the Prophet", a selection from the Hadith translated by Thomas Cleary

 

Good Dreams and Bad

The Messenger of God (may peace be upon him) said:

"
A good dream is from God. So if any of you have a dream of what you love, do not speak of it except to someone you love. And if any of you has a dream of what you dislike, then seek refuge in God from its evil and from the evil of obsession; and spit thrice and do not tell anyone of it, for in fact it will not harm you."

Related by Al-Bara'a Bin Azib, Taken from the book "The Wisdom of the Prophet", a selection from the Hadith translated by Thomas Cleary

 

A Good Opinion of God

Jabir bin Abdullah relates that he heard the Prophet (may peace be upon him) say three days before he died, "Let none of you die without a good opinion of God"

Taken from the book "The Wisdom of the Prophet", a selection from the Hadith translated by Thomas Cleary

 

The Unforgiven

The Messenger of God (may peace be upon him) said:
"All of my people are pardoned but the blatantly shameless. An example of blatant shamelessness is when a man does something by night and then, come morning, in spite of the fact that God had screened him, he tells someone he did such-and-such a thing; whereas he had spent the night with God screening him, come daybreak he removes God's screen from himself!"

Taken from the book "The Wisdom of the Prophet", a selection from the Hadith translated by Thomas Cleary

 

The Most Odious of Men

The Messenger of God (may peace be upon him) said:
"The most odious of men to God is the one who is most quarrelsome."

Taken from the book "The Wisdom of the Prophet", a selection from the Hadith translated by Thomas Cleary

 

Help

The Messenger of God (may peace be upon him) said:
"Help your brother, whether he be an oppressor or one of the oppressed."
Some said, "O Messenger of God, we help him if he is oppressed; but how can we help him if he is an oppressor?"
The Prophet (pbuh) said, "By stopping him."

Taken from the book "The Wisdom of the Prophet", a selection from the Hadith translated by Thomas Cleary

 

The Messenger of God (may peace be upon him) said:
"A young man never honors an old man due to age but that God sends someone to honor him when he reaches that age"

The above Hadith was narrated by At-Tirmithi. Translation by Hamza Yusuf. Taken from the book: "The Content of Character"

 

Bedtime Prayer

The Messenger of God (may peace be upon him) said:

"When you go to bed, say,
'O my God, I submit my soul to You, and I turn my face to You, and I entrust my affairs to You, and I commit my burden to You, longing for You yet dreading You: there is no shelter from You, nor haven, except with You. I believe in Your Book, which You have revealed, and Your prophets, whom You have sent.

"Then if you die that night, you will die in innocence; and if you wake up the next morning, you will encounter good"

Related by Al-Bara'a Bin Azib, Taken from the book "The Wisdom of the Prophet", a selection from the Hadith translated by Thomas Cleary

 

The Refuge of the Prophet

On an expedition, the Prophet (peace be upon him) was heard to say repeatedly,"O God, I take refuge with You from worry and grief, weakness and laziness, being bent by debt, and being overcome by men."

Taken from the book "The Wisdom of the Prophet", a selection from the Hadith translated by Thomas Cleary

 

Teaching

The Messenger of God (may peace be upon him) said: "Return to your people and teach them."

The Prophet also said "Let the one who is present impart knowledge to the one who is absent"

The women said to him "The men have more access to you than do we; so please appoint a day for us to have access to you" So the Prophet set a day on which he met with the women and gave them advice and direction

Taken from the book "The Wisdom of the Prophet", a selection from the Hadith translated by Thomas Cleary

 

Mercy

The Messenger of God (may peace be upon him) said: "God rendered Mercy into a hundred parts, keeping ninety-nine parts and sending one part down to earth. By virtue of that one portion, creatures are merciful to one another, such that even the mare lifts her hooves away from her foal, fearing she may step on it."

The Prophet also said "Whoever is not merciful will not be shown mercy"

Taken from the book "The Wisdom of the Prophet", a selection from the Hadith translated by Thomas Cleary

 

Learning

The Messenger of God (may peace be upon him) said: "Whoever goes out in search of knowledge is on the Path of God until returning"

Taken from the book "The Wisdom of the Prophet", a selection from the Hadith translated by Thomas Cleary

 

Intelligence & Incompetence

The Messenger of God (may peace be upon him) said: "The intelligent one is the one who holds himself responsible and works for what is after death. And the incompetent one is the one who indulges himself in pursuit of personal desire and importunes God"

Taken from the book "The Wisdom of the Prophet", a selection from the Hadith translated by Thomas Cleary

 

Don't Wait

The Messenger of God (may peace be upon him) said: "Undertake good works before seven things happen: distracting poverty, corrupting wealth, debilitating illness, befuddling senility, final death, the Antichrist - and evil is the invisible one who waits and watches - or the final hour, which is more calamitous and more painful"

Taken from the book "The Wisdom of the Prophet", a selection from the Hadith translated by Thomas Cleary

 

Trust in God

The Messenger of God (may peace be upon him) said: "If you really trusted in God as God should be trusted, God would sustain you as God sustains the birds - they go out in the morning hungry, and come back to rest in the evening full"

Taken from the book "The Wisdom of the Prophet", a selection from the Hadith translated by Thomas Cleary

 

The Prophet at Home

Someone asked 'Aisha * what the Prophet (pbuh) used to do at home. She said, "He used to remain occupied working for his family, then would go out when he heard the call to prayer"

Taken from the book "The Wisdom of the Prophet", a selection from the Hadith translated by Thomas Cleary

 

A woman came to A'isha, wife of the Prophet (pbuh), with two daughters. She asked for something, but found A'isha with nothing in her possession but a single date. A'isha gave her the date, and she divided it between her daughters. Then they left.
When the Prophet (pbuh) returned, A'isha told him about this incident. He remarked, "Whoever is responsible for these daughters in anything and treats them well will be shielded by them from hellfire"

Taken from the book "The Wisdom of the Prophet", a selection from the Hadith translated by Thomas Cleary


The Messenger of God (may peace be upon him) said:
"Among those not graced with God's glance on the Day of Judgment are a severer of bonds of kin and an obnoxious neighbor"

The above Hadith was narrated Ad-Daylami. Translation by Hamza Yusuf. Taken from the book: "The Content of Character"


The Messenger of God (may peace be upon him) said:
"Good companions and bad companions are like sellers of musk and the furnace of the smithy. You lose nothing from the musk seller, whether you buy some or smell or are imbued with its fragrance. The furnace of the smithy, on the other hand, burns your house and your clothes, or you get a noxious odor."


The Messenger of God (may peace be upon him) said:
"Whoever would be glad to have his livelihood expanded and his life prolonged should maintain family ties"


The Messenger of God (may peace be upon him) said:
"Two qualities are never coupled in a believer: miserliness and immorality"

The above Hadith was narrated Al-Bukhari . Translation by Hamza Yusuf. Taken from the book: "The Content of Character"


The Messenger of God (may peace be upon him) said:

"A man from among those who were before you was called to account. Nothing in the way of good was found for him except that he used to have dealings with people and, being well-to-do, he would order his servants to let off the man in straitened circumstances [from repaying his debt]. He (the Prophet p.b.u.h) said that God said: We are worthier than you of that (of being so generous). Let him off."

The above Hadith was related by Muslim (also by al-Bukhari and an-Nasa'i).

The Messenger of God (may peace be upon him) said:

God (mighty and sublime be He) said:
"O son of Adam, so long as you call upon Me and ask of Me, I shall forgive you for what you have done and I shall not mind. O son of Adam, were your sins to reach the clouds of the sky and were you then to ask forgiveness of Me, I would forgive you. O son of Adam, were you to come to Me with sins nearly as great as the earth and were you then to face Me, ascribing no partner to Me, I would bring you forgiveness as close to it in measure."

The above Hadith was related by at-Tirmidhi (also by Ahmad ibn Hanbal).

The Messenger of God (may peace be upon him) said:
God (mighty and sublime be He) said:
"Spend (on charity), O son of Adam, and I shall spend on you."

The above Hadith was related by Al-Bukhari (also by Muslim).

The Messenger of God (may peace be upon him) said:
"Gentleness never accompanies anything without enhancing it, nor is it ever removed from anything without demeaning it"

The above Hadith was narrated by Al-Bayhaqi. Translation by Hamza Yusuf. Taken from the book: "The Content of Character"

The Messenger of God (may peace be upon him) said:
"Practice humility until no one oppresses or belittles another"

The above Hadith was narrated by Muslim. Translation by Hamza Yusuf. Taken from the book: "The Content of Character"

The Messenger of God (may peace be upon him) said:
"Exchange gifts, and mutual love arises; shake hands, and enmity will fall away"

The above Hadith was narrated by Ibn 'Asakir. Translation by Hamza Yusuf. Taken from the book: "The Content of Character"

"Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said:
'
'Cleanliness is half of iman* and (the words) al-Hamdulillah (Praise to God) fills the scale and (the words) Subhanallah wa'l-hamdullilah (Glory be to God, Praise be to God) fill up what is between the heavens and the earth. Prayer is light. Charity is a proof. Endurance is brightness. The Quran is a proof for you or against you. All men go out early in the morning and sell themselves, thereby setting themselves free or destroying themselves."

The above Hadith was reported on the authority of Abu Malik al-'Ash'ari

* Iman is usually translated as faith. In another hadith, related by Muslim (No.57) Iman is described as 'having more than seventy branches, the highest of which is saying 'La ilah ill Allah' (there is no god but the One God) and the lowest of which is removing a harmful obstacle from the path. And modesty is part of Iman.

The Messenger of God (may peace be upon him) said:
"Whoever pleases his parents has pleased God, and whoever angers them has angered God"

The above Hadith was narrated by Ibn An-Najjar. Translation by Hamza Yusuf. Taken from the book: "The Content of Character"

The Messenger of God (may peace be upon him) said:
"Whoever has the following four characteristics is a pure
munafiq (hypocrite). And whoever has one of the
following four characteristics will have one of the
characteristics of hypocrisy:

Whenever he is entrusted, he betrays.
Whenever he speaks, he lies.
Whenever he makes a promise, he breaks it.
And whenever he argues he behaves very badly."

The above Hadith was narrated by 'Abdullah ibn 'Amr in Sahih Bukhari and Muslim

The Messenger of God (may peace be upon him) said:
"Keep God in mind wherever you are; follow a wrong with a right that offsets it; and treat people courteously"

The above Hadith was narrated by At-Tirmithi. Translation by Hamza Yusuf. Taken from the book: "The Content of Character"

 
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