The Standard of Hadith Criticisms

Kindness to Family

BE KIND TO YOUR FAMILY

Narrated Anas ibn Malik: “I have never seen anyone more kind to one’s family than (the Prophet Muhammad).” – Sahih Muslim, Hadith 1077

Knowledge

‘INCREASE MY KNOWLEDGE’

“The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) used to say: “O God, grant me benefit in what Thou hast taught me, teach me what will be of benefit to me, and increase my knowledge.” – Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 784

TRAVEL IN SEARCH OF KNOWLEDGE

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “If anyone travels on a road in search of knowledge, God will cause him to travel on one of the roads of Paradise.” – Sunan of Abu Dawood, Hadith 1631

A man once asked the Prophet to pray for him because he was about to embark on a journey. The Prophet replied: “May God grant you the provision of righteousness. . .and may He make it easy for you to do virtuous deeds, wherever you may be.” – Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 235

SEEK KNOWLEDGE

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Someone who sets forth in search of knowledge is busy in the cause of God until he returns from his quest.” – Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 420

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THOSE WHO LOVE ONE ANOTHER

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “There are people from the servants of God who are neither prophets nor martyrs, (but) the prophets and martyrs will envy them on the Day of Resurrection. . .They are those who love one another for the spirit of God. . .I swear by God, their faces will glow and they will be (sitting) in (pulpits of) light. They will have no fear (on the day) when the people will have fear, and they will not grieve when the people will grieve.” He then recited the verse: “Behold! Verily for the friends of God, there is no fear, nor shall they grieve.” (Quran, 10:62) – Sunan of Abu Dawood, Hadith 1563

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “You will not believe as long as you do not love one another.” – Sahih Muslim, Hadith 19

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “No man loves another for God’s sake without his Lord honoring him.” – Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1301

Love the Poor People

LOVE THE POOR

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “O God, grant me life as a poor man, cause me to die as a poor man and resurrect me in the company of the poor.” His wife asked him why he said that, and he replied: “Because (the poor) will enter Paradise (before) the rich. Do not turn away a poor man even if all you can give is half a date. If you love the poor and bring them near you God will bring you near Him on the Day of Resurrection.” – Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1376

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “If you love the poor and bring them near you. . .God will bring you near Him on the Day of Resurrection.” – Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1376

The Prophet also said: “The people before you were destroyed because they inflicted legal punishments on the poor and forgave the rich.” – Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 8, Hadith 778

Hadith on Lying

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was asked: “Can a believer be a coward?” The Prophet said: “Yes.” He was then asked: “Can a believer be a miser?” He replied: “Yes.” And finally, he was asked: ‘Can a believer be a liar?” The Prophet said: “No.” – Al-Muwatta, Volume 56, Hadith 19
Moderation

MODERATION IN ALL THINGS

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) once asked a companion: “(Is it true) that you fast all day and stand in prayer all night?” The companion replied that the report was indeed true. The Prophet then said: “Do not do that! Observe the fast sometimes and also leave (it) at other times. Stand up for prayer at night and also sleep at night. Your body has a right over you, your eyes have a right over you and your wife has a right over you.” – Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 7, Hadith 127

ADOPT A MODERATE COURSE

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Do good deeds properly, sincerely and moderately. . .Always adopt a middle, moderate, regular course, whereby you will reach your target (of paradise).” – Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 8, Hadith 470

BE MODERATE IN YOUR RELIGIOUS DEEDS

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “The good deeds of any person will not make him enter Paradise (i.e., no one enters paradise only through his good deeds).” The Prophet’s companions asked: “Not even you?” The Prophet replied: “Not even myself, unless God bestows His favor and mercy on me. So be moderate in your religious deeds and do what is within your ability. None of you should wish for death, for if he is a doer of good, he may increase his good deeds, and if he is an evil doer, he may repent to God.” – Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 7, Hadith 577
Modesty
MODESTY

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Every faith has an innate character. The character of Islam is modesty.” – Al-Muwatta, Volume 47, Hadith 9

The Prophet also said: “Modesty does not come into anything without adorning it.” – Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1253

Neighbour

BEHAVIOUR WITH NEIGHBOR

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “He will not enter Paradise whose neighbor is not secure from his wrongful conduct.” – Sahih Muslim, Hadith 15

BE KIND TO YOUR NEIGHBORS

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “If you are kind to your neighbor, you will be a believer. If you like others to have what you like for yourself, you will be a Muslim.” – Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1334

BE GENEROUS TO YOUR NEIGHBOR

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Whoever believes in God and the Last Day should be generous to his neighbor.” – Al-Muwatta, Volume 49, Hadith 22

BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “If anyone is pleased to love God and His Messenger or to have God and His Messenger love him, he should speak the truth when he says anything, fulfill his trust when he is put in a position of authority and be a good neighbor.” – Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1289

A man once asked the Prophet: “How can I know when I do well and when I do ill?” The Prophet replied: “When you hear your neighbors say you have done well, you have done well; and when you hear them say you have done ill, you have done ill.” – Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1288

Obedience of Evil Deeds

A military commander appointed by the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) once issued an improper order to his troops. When the soldiers asked the Prophet about how they should have reacted to the order, he said: “(There is) no obedience (required) for evil deeds, obedience is required only in what is good.” – Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 9, Hadith 363
Patience

PATIENCE IS A BLESSING

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “No one can be given a blessing better and greater than patience.” – Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 2, Hadith 548

PATIENCE IS A GIFT

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “There is no gift better and more vast (that you may be given) than patience.” – Sahih Al-Bukhari, Hadith 8:477

People sheltered by God

7 KINDS OF PEOPLE SHELTERED BY GOD

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Seven kinds of people will be sheltered under the shade of God on the Day of Judgment…They are: a just ruler, a young man who passed his youth in the worship and service of God…one whose heart is attached to the mosque…two people who love each other for the sake of God…a man who is invited to sin…but declines, saying ‘I fear God’…one who spends his charity in secret, without making a show…and one who remembers God in solitude so that his eyes overflow (with tears).” – Riyadh-us-Salaheen, Hadith 376

Praise and Thank God

PRAISE AND THANK GOD

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said God suggested turning a valley into gold for his use, but he replied: “No, my Lord, but let me have enough to eat and be hungry on alternate days. Then when I am hungry, I shall make supplication to Thee and make mention of Thee, and when I have enough (to eat) I shall praise and thank Thee.” – Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1353

PRAISE GOD EVEN IN ADVERSITY

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “The first to be summoned to Paradise on the Day of Resurrection will be those who praise God in (both) prosperity and adversity.” – Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 730

PRAISING GOD CAUSES SINS TO FALL

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) once came to a tree with withered leaves. He struck the tree with his staff and scattered the leaves. The Prophet then said: “(Saying) ‘Praise be to God,’ ‘Glory be to God,’ ‘There is no diety but God,’ and ‘God is most great’ causes sins to fall away just as the leaves of that tree were falling.” – Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 737

Racism/Racial Superiority

NO RACIAL SUPERIORITY

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said to a companion: “You are not better than people (of other races) unless you excel them in piety.” – Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1361

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said in his final sermon: “No one has superiority over another except by piety and good action.”

Rights of the Poor

ACKNOWLEDGE THE RIGHTS OF THE POOR

A man once said to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him): “I have plenty of property, a large family, a great deal of money, and I am a gracious host to my guests. Tell me how to conduct my life and how to spend (my money).” The Prophet replied: “Pay (regular charity) out of your property, for truly it is a purifier. . .be kind to your relatives, and acknowledge the rights of the poor, of (your) neighbors and of (those who ask for assistance).” – Fiqh-us-Sunnah, Volume 3, Number 3

Hadith on Seeking Forgiveness

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) reported that the devil said to God: “I shall continue to lead Thy servants astray as long as their spirits are in their bodies.” And God replied: “(Then) I shall continue to pardon them as long as they ask My forgiveness.” – Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 742

Seeking Knowledge

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “If anyone travels on a road in search of knowledge, God will cause him to travel on one of the roads of Paradise.” – Sunan of Abu-Dawood, Hadith 1631

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Seeking knowledge in (the company of others) for an hour in the night is better than spending the whole night in prayer.” – Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 91

The Prophet also said: “The seeking of knowledge is obligatory for every Muslim.” – Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 74

Hadith: Sharing

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “He whose property exceed his needs, let him support the one whose property does not (meet his needs), and he whose food exceeds his needs, let him share it with those who do not have food.” – Fiqh-us-Sunnah, 3:93C Smiling

A CHEERFUL FACE

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Do not abuse anyone…Do not look down upon any good work, and when you speak to your brother, show him a cheerful face.” – Sunan of Abu-Dawood, Hadith 1889
Test for Muslims

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Every nation has a test to undergo. My nation will be tried through wealth.” – Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 178
Treatment of Girls

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “If anyone has a female child, and does not bury her alive (a pre-Islamic practice), or slight her, or prefer his (male) children to her, God will bring him into Paradise.” – Sunan of Abu-Dawood, Hadith 2443

Hadith on Treatment of Neighbours

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “By God, he does not believe! By God, he does not believe! By God, he does not believe!” When asked who he was referring to, the Prophet replied: “That person whose neighbor does not feel safe from his evil.” – Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 8, Hadith 45

Hadith: Treatment of Women

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “The best among you are those who treat their wives in the best manner.” – Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 217

Narrated Aisha – “(The Prophet Muhammad) never beat anyone with his hand, neither a woman nor a servant.” – Sahih Muslim, Hadith 1082

Wasting Time
DON’T ABUSE TIME

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “God said, ‘The offspring of Adam abuse time, (even though) I am Time.'”

VERSE: BY THE TOKEN OF TIME

“By (the token of) time (through the ages). Verily mankind is in a state of loss, except those who have faith and do righteous deeds, and (join together) in the mutual teaching of truth and of patience and constancy.” – The Holy Quran, Chapter 103

Hadith on Worship

Narrated Aisha: “Once the Prophet (Muhammad) came while a woman was sitting with me. He said, ‘Who is she?’ I replied, ‘She is so and so,’ and told him about her (excessive) praying. He said disapprovingly, “Do (good) deeds that are within your capacity (without being overtaxed), because God does not get tired (of giving rewards) but (surely) you will get tired. The best (act of worship) in the sight of God is that which is done regularly.” – Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 1, Hadith 41

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