Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) said: "Whoever establishes prayers during the nights of Ramadan faithfully out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah's rewards (not for showing off), all his past sins will be forgiven." Bukhari
The Prophet (ﷺ) said, "The signs of a hypocrite are three:
1. Whenever he speaks, he tells a lie.
2. Whenever he promises, he always breaks it (his promise ).
3. If you trust him, he proves to be dishonest. (If you keep something as a trust with him, he will not return it.)" Bukhari
A person asked Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) . "What (sort of) deeds in or (what qualities of) Islam are good?" He replied, "To feed (the poor) and greet those whom you know and those whom you don't know." Bukhari
Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) said, "A time will soon come when the best property of a Muslim will be sheep which he will take on the top of mountains and the places of rainfall (valleys) so as to flee with his religion from afflictions." Bukhari
Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) said, "By Him in Whose Hands my life is, none of you will have faith till he loves me more than his father and his children." Bukhari
The Prophet (ﷺ) said, "A Muslim is the one who avoids harming Muslims with his tongue and hands. And a Muhajir (emigrant) is the one who gives up (abandons) all what Allah has forbidden." Bukhari
Narrated by Ibne Mas'ood رضي الله عنه: The Prophet ﷺ used to take care of us in preaching by selecting a suitable time, so that we might not get bored. (He abstained from pestering us with sermons and knowledge all the time). Bukhari
Imam Tirmidhi (rahimahullah) has recorded a narration on the authority of Sayyiduna ‘Ali رضي الله عنه that Rasulullah ﷺ said: O ‘Ali, do not delay in three things;
1) Salah when its time arrives,
2) Offering the janazah salah when the bier is present and
3) Marriage of a woman whose match is found. Tirmizi
Beloved Rasulullah ﷺ has said (meaning): Sometimes a high rank is decreed for a Mu’min (believer) which he could never have attained by virtue of his deeds, so Allah Taala makes him experience some hardship, whether it be physical, material or concerning his children. Then, He makes him patient and lets him attain the position decreed for him by Allah Taala. Sunan Abi Dawud, Musnad Ahmad
Abu Umama رضي الله عنه narrated Prophet ﷺ said [meaning]: If a person who omits prayer in congregations, comes to know what (merit) lies in it, he certainly would come to it, even if he has to crawl. Tibrani
Abdullah b. Qart رضي الله عنه narrated Prophet ﷺ said [meaning]: The first thing to be accounted for on the Day of Judgment will be prayer. If it is proved correct all his deeds will be correct and if it is proved wrong, all his deeds will be void. Tibrani, Al Targhib wal Tarhib. P. 143, Vol 1.
Abdullah b. Umar رضي الله عنه narrated Prophet ﷺ said [meaning]: Verily, Allah will never bring together my people on error. Allah’s hand is over the community (of Muslims), whoso separates himself from it, will also be separate in hell. Tirmizi, Mishakaat-ul-Masabih P. 30
Jabir رضي الله عنه narrated Prophet ﷺ said [meaning]: The best words to say is the book of Allah, the best way of life is the precedent of Muhammad ﷺ and, the best worst things are innovations (in Islam) and every innovation (in religion) is a deviation from the path. Muslim, Miskhaat ul Masabih.
Abu Umama رضي الله عنه narrated Prophet ﷺ said [meaning]: Whoever loves any person for Allah’s sake and hates (His enemies) for Allah’s sake, spends for Allah’s sake and withholds for Allah’s sake, his faith is accomplished. Abu Daud
Abbas b. Abdul Muttalib رضي الله عنه narrated Prophet ﷺ said [meaning]: He relished the sweet flavor of faith who agreed truthfully to accept Allah as his Providential Load, Islam as his deen and Muhammad ﷺ as Messenger (of Allah). Muslim
Abu Huraira رضي الله عنه narrated Prophet ﷺ said [meaning]: My Ummah will be called on the Judgment Day in a way that their foreheads and feet will be luminous owing to the effects of ablutions. Bukhari and Muslim, Mishakaat-ul-Masabih P.39
Abu Umama رضي الله عنه narrated Prophet ﷺ said [meaning]: When your good deed pleases you and your evil deed grieves you, you are believer (Momin). Ahmad, Mishakaat-ul-Masabih, P. 16.
Abu Zar رضي الله عنه narrated Prophet ﷺ said [meaning]: When a Muslim performs his prayers for Allah’s sake only his sins fall from him as these leaves are falling from this tree. Ahmad, Mishakaat-ul-Masabih P. 58
There is no greater ibaadat (form of worship) by Allah than pleasing another Muslim. Hakeemul Ummah Thanvi رحمة الله عليه
Abullah b. Umar رضي الله عنه narrated Prophet ﷺ said [meaning]: The whole world is an asset and the best asset of it is a pious woman. Muslim, Nisai, Al Targhib wal Tarhib, P. 67. Vol. 3
Abu Huraira رضي الله عنه narrated Prophet ﷺ said [meaning]: A believer comes closest to his Providential Lord when he is in a state of prostration. Muslim, Al Targhib wal Tarhib, P. 154
Abu Qatada رضي الله عنه narrated Prophet ﷺ said [meaning]: Avoid much swearing while transacting business for it helps the trade flourish for a while, but it destroys the trade afterwards. Muslim, Mishakaat-ul-Masabih, P. 243. Vol. 3
Jabir رضي الله عنه narrated Prophet ﷺ said [meaning]: May Allah show mercy to a man who is kind when he buys and when he claims his rights. Bukhari, Mishakaat-ul-Masabih, P. 243. Vol. 1
Salman رضي الله عنه narrated Prophet ﷺ said [meaning]: The blessing of food lies in that the hands and mouth should be washed before and after eating it. Tirmizi, Mishkaat ul Masabih, P. 356
Ayesha رضي الله عنه narrated Prophet ﷺ said [meaning]: The most hated of men in the sight of Allah is he who is most belligerent. Bukhari,Muslim.
Abdullah b. Masud رضي الله عنه narrated Prophet ﷺ said [meaning]: Whoso adulterates with us is not of us and the deceivers will be thrown in fire. Tibrani, Al Targhib wal Tarhib, P. 22, Vol. 3
Abu Huraira رضي الله عنه narrated Prophet ﷺ said [meaning]: Allah Apostle said, When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of the heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are chained. Bukhari
Anas b. Maalik رضي الله عنه narrated Prophet ﷺ said [meaning]: Seeking for a lawful livelihood is obligatory for every Muslim. Tibrani, Baihaqi, Al Targhib wal Tarhib. P. 12. Vol. 3
Abdulla b. Umar رضي الله عنه narrated Messenger of Allah ﷺ said [meaning]: He who misses his asr (afternoon) prayer is like a person who has been deprived of his family and property. Bukhari
Jabir رضي الله عنه narrated: Messenger of Allah ﷺ said [meaning]: Whoso paid zakat of his wealth, evil is removed of his wealth. Tibrani.
Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه narrated: Messenger of Allah ﷺ said [meaning]: By Allah, I seek Allah’s forgiveness and repent to Him more than seventy times a day. Al-Bukhari.
Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه narrated: Messenger of Allah ﷺ said [meaning]: He who repents before the sun rises from the west, Allah Taala will forgive him. Muslim
Abdullah b. Umar رضي الله عنه narrated Prophet ﷺ said [meaning]: Pay the labourer his wages before his sweat dries away. Ibn e Maja, Al Targhib wal Tarhib, P. 58, Vol. 3
Anas bin Malik Al-Ansari رضي الله عنه the servant of the Messenger of Allah narrated: Messenger of Allah ﷺ said [meaning]: Verily, Allah is more delighted with the repentance of His slave than a person who lost his camel in desert land and then finds it (unexpectedly). Bukhari and Muslim
It has been mentioned in the Hadith that among the seven days of week, the day of Jummah is the best. It is on this day Adam عليهم السلام had been created and on this very day he had been sent to world from Jannah. It is on this day the Qiyamah will take place. (Muslim) Beloved Rasulullah ﷺ told us to recite Durood Shareef abundantly on the day of Jummah. (Abu Dawood, Nasayee, Ibne Majah)
Rasulullaah (SAW) said, “If the world had the value of even a mosquito’s wing in the sight of Allaah, He would not have given the Kuffaar even a drop of water to drink.” [Tirmidhi 2320, from Hadhrat Sahl bin Sa’d (RA)]
Meaning: Worship Allah as if you see Him; if that is not possible at least worship Him by bearing in mind that definitely He is seeing me. Bukhari, Muslim
Intention of good deed never waste
Rasulullaah ﷺ said (meaning),When a person makes the intention to carry out a good deed but is unable to carry it out, the reward of a good deed will be recorded in his favour; [Bukhaari 6491 and Muslim 338, from Hadhrat Abdullaah bin Abbaas (RA)]
Meaning: On the day of Resurrection, Allah سبحانه و تعالى will order (the Angels in charge of the Hell), any of My servant who has remembered Me some day (in the world) or has feared Me somewhere (in the world), take him/her out of the Hell.
Meaning: Wonderful is the matter of a Mu’min. In his every matter and situation there is benefit for him. This is in case of none but only of a Mu’min. If peace and happiness come into his life, he expresses gratitude. And there is only benefit for him in this state. And if sorrow comes into his life, he undertakes patience and tolerance (sabr). This is beneficial for him. [Muslim]
Meaning: When you see a servant (of Allah) that he is dispassionate to this world and less verbal, you may undertake his companionship. Because, he has been gifted with ‘Hikmah’ (special wisdom). [Bayhaqi]
Meaning: Following the lower self-desires (i.e. evil aspirations) refrains man from the truth and reality AND cherishing long desires (of the world) make people forget the afterlife. [Portion of a Hadith from Bayhaqee]
Meaning: Worship Rahman – the most Merciful (Allah), feed the people and spread the practice of Salaam,you would be able to enter into Jannah peacefully. [Tirmizi]
Meaning: When some among you sees such an individual who is superior than you in wealth and health, (and this creates craving and complaint within yourself,) then he should look at someone who is at a lower status than him. [Bukhari and Muslim]
Meaning: Do not undermine any good deed as small. Even if it is the act of meeting a brother with a smile. Because, this is also an act of reward.[Muslim]
Meaning: Do not undermine any good deed as small. Even if it is the act of meeting a brother with a smile. Because, this is also an act of reward.[Muslim]
Allaah says in the Qur’aan, O you who have Imaan! Men should not mock other men for perchance they (those mocked) may be better than them (those who mock). Neither should any women mock other women, perchance they (the mocked ones) may be better than them (those who mock)[Surah Hujuraat, verse 11]
Not a day should pass by without the remembrance of the accountability in afterlife. Indeed, the five times a day we pray (Salat) is the easiest occasion to prompt this thought. When there will be sincere reflection of accountability, our works will automatically be directed toward the good deeds. Hence, our intentions and motives, our planning and tasks will shape up for positive changes. A single good step would take us toward several good steps; Tawba, corrective actions, progress on the path of Allah سبحانه و تعالى becomes quite easy thereafter. This is the blessing of Allah سبحانه و تعالى; we should highly appreciate it.
At this age of trials and tribulations we should take extra care to maintain pious friends. Our friends always influence us. The positive influences are beneficial in all regards and the negative influences highly threat detrimental consequences. Quite often it is not easy to judge a person even for years and decades! Simplest yardstick to gauge a person is piety – how much one fears Allah سبحانه و تعالى. Anyone can deceit you, betray you and harm you, but the one whose heart has the slightest connection with Allah سبحانه و تعالى will at least not do so. We make the mistake in selecting friends. We choose the one who is wealthy or we choose the one as a friend who is (apparently) influential in regards to the world. Sometimes we just think that someone is so gentle or humble in character; we make deep friendship with him in a little while. Often we positively conclude when someone’s good number of attitudes match with us. These are all wrong means and criteria to make friendship. Best is to “try to be pious and stick to the pious”. We wrongly think that pious people are boring and they talk only about afterlife. The genuine pious friends are useful in all regards; they possess the quality of selflessness. Their generosity and support is sincere. Their suggestions and advice will be guidance for this world and afterlife. Mixing with them will make peace prevail in our heart.
Forsaking the reality and embracing the triviality is a fool’s job. However, it is true that we are frequently forsaking several realities. We enjoy illusions and dreams. We like to live in a fantasy kingdom. When we plan, we plan exclusively for the worldly-life, when we become carefree regarding the haraam dealings, we directly forgo the clear commands of Allah سبحانه و تعالى and undertake the worldly-business and affairs. If a fair cost-benefit analysis of our activities is undertaken, what results would come out?! At what cost do we gain the temporary and trivial benefits of this world? If the cost of our worldly-benefits is “sacrificing the whole afterlife”, how much fair would it be to call our achievements “benefits”? Let not, at any cost, be so foolish. Let not exhaust this precious life be wasted hankering after uncertainties and losing concerns. Allah سبحانه و تعالى has guided us through the path of eternal success. Ignoring this path and taking up any other way will lead to complete failure and extreme woe.
Reacting through uttering some words is easy. However, the rule “think before you speak” is bit difficult to act upon and therein lies the success. You will notice that how many of our utterances had already gone against us! On the other hand, when we had thought and spoke up, we delivered well; things did not turn up against us. Thoughts guide us to rightly communicate. Often the conclusion of a rational thought addresses us to keep quiet. Indeed in many situations, when we just keep quiet – things are much better and under our control.
Remembrance of Allah سبحانه و تعالى (Zikr) is very easy. Its benefits are also innumerable. A Muslim finds unprecedented peace every time in Allah سبحانه و تعالى’s Remembrance. There is absolutely no stipulation that can restrict this marvelous gift! In every state it is possible to be in the remembrance of Allah سبحانه و تعالى. This is a great favor from Allah سبحانه و تعالى that, the acts which refrains the tongue to take the name of Allah سبحانه و تعالى, are also not disregarded! Whenever an action is accomplished in the Sunnah way, it is regarded as Allahسبحانه و تعالى ‘s Zikr. Reciting the Duas related to various actions results in the Zikr or Remembrance of Allah سبحانه و تعالى. Therefore, if we exert little effort, it is possible for us to take Allah سبحانه و تعالى’s name the whole day, which fills our life with great blessings.
Most of the time we err because we do not think before we initiate an action. Every task we accomplish results in either good or bad. A Mu’min does not (and should not) make haste to embark on worldly affairs. He contemplates the consequences in respect of Allah’s command. If Allah’s command permits, he steps forward. If Allah’s command does not permit, he holds back. This brings peace in a believer’s mind and removes any apprehension or restlessness.
If there is one task you are about to accomplish or one target you have aimed to achieve, how much efforts or how many means of efforts do you take up? As a Muslim, of course, you believe that without the command of Allah, nothing materializes. Therefore, without His guidance, we cannot pursue and achieve any single success. Hence, let us take utmost care to begin every endeavor seeking Allah’s help. Let us supplicate (do Dua) to Him to seek His guidance. This is an act which is very easy, yet neglected a lot.
To build up a good habit requires some efforts. We break down very easily. Had we not given up the efforts, we could have risen up early, control our tongue, regularly recite Holy Qur’an and act upon many such good deeds. There is no magic, but “mujahada” required, i.e., hardship on the path of Allah. Hardship for a little while bring in great return to our life. People undergo a lot of hardship to gain in this world; can we not accept any hardship for a peaceful afterlife that will be eternal?
In every situation of life, a Muslim’s inclination should be toward Allah Taala, his Lord and Master. Our pious predecessors’ state was such. However, at present, the Ummah has changed at large. Most of us incline toward Allah Taala during calamities and in distress. We become almost oblivion of Allah’s bounties and favors during peace and prosperity. Allah’s mercy and benevolence upon us is innumerable! Let us become Shakir – i.e. thankful and grateful to Allah Taala (for all His blessings and givings). This is a great yet very easy means to attain the proximity and love of Allah.
Abbas b. Abdul Muttalib رضي الله عنه [meaning]:
He relished the sweet flavour of Imaan (faith) who agreed truthfully to accept Allah as his Providential Load, Islam as his deen and Muhammad ﷺ as Messenger (of Allah). Muslim
Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه narrated: Messenger of Allah ﷺ said [meaning]: Allah does not look at your figures, nor at your attire but He looks at your hearts and accomplishments. Muslim