The Holy Qur’an is the highest authority in Islam. It contains the exact words of God as revealed to Prophet Muhammad (P) and recorded by his companions. In applying the Qur’anic teachings to everyday life, Muslims rely upon the sunnah (sayings and actions) of the Prophet (P). This sunnah is a concrete implementation, a tangible form, and the actual embodiment of the will of God in the form of Muhammad’s deeds. They were recorded in what are called ahadith (pieces of news, stories, or reports). This pamphlet conveys to you just a portion of the many interesting and enlightening ahadith. Every quote below is an English translation of what Prophet Muhammad (P) is reported to have said to his companions.
Numbers 1-20 have been quoted from “Riyadh-Us-Saleheen” Volumes 1 and 2. Numbers 21-25 have been quoted from “An-Nawawi’s Forty Hadith”. Both works were compiled by Imam Abu Zakariya Yahya Bin Sharaf An-Nawawi (R). Each hadith quoted in this pamphlet is followed by an individual reference which includes the name of the transmitter and the original source of ahadith collection: Imam Bukhari, Imam Muslim, Imam Abu Daud, or Imam Tirmidhi (R). The number in parenthesis indicates the specific hadith.
(P) – Peace be upon him.
(R) – May God be pleased with them.
VARIOUS SAYINGS OF PROPHET MUHAMMAD (P):
1) “The strong one is not he who knocks out his adversary; the strong one is he who keeps control over his temper.” Reported by Abu Hurairah and recorded by Imam Bukhari and Muslim. (#45)
2) “It does not befit a Siddiq (a true man) that he should opt to cursing.” Reported by Abu Hurairah and recorded by Imam Muslim. (#1552)
3) “God the Dignified has no mercy for one who has no mercy for others.” Reported by Jarir Ibn Abdullah and recorded by Imam Bukhari and Muslim. (#227)
4) “None of you is a perfect Muslim until he desires for his brother Muslim that which he desires for himself.” Reported by Anas Bin Malik and recorded by Imam Bukhari and Muslim. (#183)
5) “Help your brother whether he is an oppressor or an oppressed person. A companion asked: ‘Messenger of God (it is true) I will help him if he is an oppressed person, but please tell me how I am to help him if he happens to be an oppressor.’ The Holy Prophet (P) answered: check him from doing injustice. Because preventing him from committing aggression is a help to him.” Reported by Anas Bin Malik and recorded by Imam Bukhari. (#237)
6) “Look at the person who is inferior to you; and do not look at one who is superior to you. Thereby you would be able to appreciate better the benevolences of God bestowed upon you.” Reported by Abu Hurairah and recorded by Imam Muslim. (#467)
7) Abdullah bin ‘Amr bin Al-‘Aas says that by nature the Holy Prophet (P) neither talked indecently nor did he listen to indecent talk. He used to say: “The best of you are those who have the best manners.” Reported by Abdullah bin ‘Amr bin Al-‘Aas and recorded by Imam Bukhari and Muslim. (#625)
8) “A person who gives surety to (safeguard) the thing between the jaws (tongue) and the thing between his two legs (private organs), I guarantee his entrance into Paradise.” Reported by Sahl bin Sa’d and recorded by Imam Bukhari and Muslim. (#1513)
9) “Among the Muslims most perfect, as regards his faith, is one whose character is excellent, and the best among you are those who treat their wives well.” Reported by Abu Hurairah and recorded by Imam Tirmidhi. (#278)
10) “Do not consider even the smallest good deed as insignificant; even meeting your brother with a cheerful face (is a good deed).” Reported by Abu Zarr and recorded by Imam Muslim. (#121)
11) “Make things easy and convenient and don’t make them harsh and difficult. Give cheers and glad tidings and do not create hatred.” Reported by Anas Bin Malik and recorded by Imam Muslim. (#637)
12) “God, the Most Exalted, has revealed to me that you should show courtesy and be cordial with each other, so that nobody should consider himself superior to another nor harm him.” Reported by Ayaz bin Himar and recorded by Imam Muslim.
13) “Do not reproach or abuse dead persons for they are facing the consequences of what they had done in this world.” Reported by Hazrat Ayesha and recorded by Imam Bukhari.
14) “Avoid jealousy for this destroys good deeds as fire destroys wood.” Reported by Abu Hurairah and recorded by Imam Abu Daud. (#1569)
15) “Do not rejoice over the troubles of your brother lest God the Most High might have mercy on him and involve you in this trouble.” Reported by Wasila bin Al-As-qa’a and recorded by Imam Tirmidhi. (#1577)
16) Prophet Muhammad (P) once asked, “Who is that person among you who loves the property of his successor more than his own property? The Companions submitted: ‘O Messenger of God (P) there is none among us who loves his successor’s property more than his own.’ He said: Then his property is which he has sent ahead; and that which he retains belongs to his successor.” Reported by Ibn Mas’ud and recorded by Imam Bukhari. (#545)
17) “God the Most High has revealed to me that you should adopt humility, so that nobody oppresses another, nor one should hold himself above another.” Reported by Ayaz bin Himar and recorded by Imam Muslim. (#602)
18) “A Muslim never taunts or curses or abuses nor resorts to vulgar talking.” Reported by Abdullah bin Mas’ud and recorded by Imam Tirmidhi. (#1734)
19) “Let no Muslim male entertain any malice against a Muslim female. He may dislike one habit in her, but may find another in her which is pleasing.” Reported by Abu Hurairah and recorded by Imam Muslim. (#275)
20) “Plenty of provision or abundance do not make a person rich and wealthy; real richness is the benevolence of heart.” Reported by Abu Hurairah and recorded by Imam Bukhari and Muslim. (#522)
21) “Part of someone’s being a good Muslim is his leaving alone that which does not concern him.” Reported by Abu Hurairah and recorded by Imam Tirmidhi. (#12)
22) “Let him who believes in God and the Last Day either speak good or keep silent, and let him who believes in God and the Last Day be generous to his neighbour, and let him who believes in God and the Last Day be generous to his guest.” Reported by Abu Hurairah and recorded by Imam Bukhari and Muslim. (#15)
23) “…Prayer is light; charity is a proof; patience is illumination; and the Qur’an is an argument for or against you. Everyone starts his day and is a vendor of his soul, either freeing it or bringing about its ruin.” Reported by Abu Malik al-Harith ibn Asim al-Ash’ari and recorded by Imam Muslim. (#23)
24) “Each person’s every joint must perform a charity every day the sun comes up: to act justly between two people is a charity; to help a man with his mount, lifting him onto it or hoisting up his belongings onto it is a charity; every step you take to prayers is a charity; and removing a harmful thing from the road is a charity.” Reported by Abu Hurairah and recorded by Imam Bukhari and Muslim. (#26)
25) “Righteousness is good morality, and wrongdoing is that which wavers in your soul and which you dislike people finding out about.” Reported by an-Nawwas ibn Sam’an and recorded by Imam Muslim. (#27)