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1. Goodness does not consist in turning your face towards East or West.

The truly good


are those who believe in God and the Last Day, in the angels, the Scripture, and the
prophets; who give away some of their wealth, however much they cherish it, to their
relatives, to orphans, the needy, travelers and beggars and to liberate those in debt and
bondage; those who keep up the prayers and pay the prescribed alms; who keep pledges
whenever they make them; who are steadfast in misfortune, adversity and times of
danger. These are the ones who are true, and it is they who are aware of God. (Al Quran
2:178)

2. Indeed, Allah enjoins justice, and the doing of good to others; and giving like kindred;
and forbids indecency, and manifest evil, and wrongful transgression. He admonished
you that you may take heed. (Al Quran 16:91)

Allah says that to be godly is to be compassionate. He makes His relationship or His


Providence to the common man, conditional to common human compassion, by claiming
that those, who wish to find Him, will succeed only if they are kind and compassionate to
the common people:

4. Indeed, Allah is with those who are righteous and those who do good. (Al Quran
16:129)

6. O ye people! fear your Lord, Who created you from a single soul and created
therefrom its mate, and from them twain spread many men and women; and fear Allah, in
Whose name you appeal to one another, and be mindful of your duty to Allah,
particularly respecting ties of relationship. Verily, Allah watches over you. (Al Quran
4:2)

The Holy Quran suggests compassion and kindness to be a recipe to turn ones enemies
into bosom friends:

121-122. And good and evil are not alike. Repel evil with that which is best. And lo, he
between whom and thyself was enmity will become as though he were a warm friend.
But none is granted it save those who are steadfast; and none is granted it save those who
possess a large share of good. (Al Quran 41:35-36)

123. It shall be no sin for you if you divorce women while you have not touched them,
nor settled for them a dowry. But provide for them — the rich man according to his
means and the poor man according to his means — a provision in a becoming manner, an
obligation upon the virtuous. (Al Quran 2:237)
124. Those who spend in prosperity and adversity, and those who suppress anger and
pardon men; and Allah loves those who do good. (Al Quran 3:135)

126. And who is better in faith than he who submits himself to Allah, and he is a doer of
good, and follows the religion of Abraham, the upright? And Allah took Abraham for a
special friend. (Al Quran 4:126)

132. And create not disorder in the earth after it has been set in order, and call upon Him
in fear and hope. Surely, the mercy of Allah is nigh unto those who do good. (Al Quran
7:57)

145. And he who submits himself completely to Allah, and is a doer of good, he has
surely grasped a strong handle. And with Allah rests the end of all affairs. (Al Quran

There is a popular Hadith that almost every Muslim knows. A companion of the
Prophet, asked him, “Who is most deserving of my good treatment?” “Your mother,”
said the Prophet. Companion asked and then after her? “Your mother,” repeated the
Prophet. It was only on the fourth query that the Prophet said, “Your father.”

Those who accuse Islam of gender inequality have perhaps not heard of this Hadith!

Let me, now, tabulate a few verses about the parents:

(Al Quran 2:84).’ (Al Quran 2:216) (Al Quran 4:37)

‘164. Our Lord, grant forgiveness to me and to my parents and to the believers on the
day when the reckoning will take place.’ (Al Quran 14:42)

170. Consort with them in kindness; and if you dislike them, it may be that you dislike a
thing wherein Allah has placed much good. (Al Quran 4:20)

What does the Quran says about the weakest in our society, the orphans? Here, are a few
vereses:

171. And they ask thee concerning the orphans. Say: ‘Promotion of their welfare is an act
of great goodness. And if you intermix with them, they are your brethren. And Allah
knows the mischief-maker from the reformer. And if Allah had so willed, He would have
put you to hardship. Surely, Allah is Mighty, Wise.’ (Al Quran 2:21)
172. And if you fear that you will not be fair in dealing with the orphans, then marry of
women as may be agreeable to you, two, or three, or four; and if you fear you will not
deal justly, then marry only one or what your right hands possess. That is the nearest way
for you to avoid injustice. (Al Quran 4:4)

173. And when other relations and orphans and the poor are present at the division of
heritage, give them something therefrom and speak to them words of kindness. (Al
Quran 4:9)

174. And they seek of thee the decision of the Law with regard to women. Say, Allah
gives you His decision regarding them. And so does that which is recited to you in the
Book concerning the orphan girls whom you give not what is prescribed for them and
whom you desire to marry, and concerning the weak among children. And He enjoins
you to observe equity towards the orphans. And whatever good you do, surely Allah
knows it well. (Al Quran 4:128)

175. So the orphan, oppress not. (Al Quran 93:10)

The Holy Quran advises us to be compassionate to any one who asks for our favor:

176. And him who seeks thy help, chide not. (Al Quran 93:11)

Continuing with verses about kindness and compassion in general:

177. Those who believe and do good deeds — the Gracious God will create love in their
hearts. (Al Quran 19:97)

I saved one of the most important verses in this regards, for the very end, “And We
(Allah) have sent thee (Muhammad) not but as a mercy for all peoples.” (Al Quran
21:108)

2. Now, I quote a Hadith, which can be considered to be an expression of the Golden


rule.

The Golden Rule or ethic of reciprocity is a maxim,[1] ethical code or morality[2] that
essentially states either of the following:

 One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself (directive form).[1]
 One should not treat others in ways that one would not like to be treated (cautionary
form, also known as the Silver Rule).[1]
This concept describes a “reciprocal”, or “two-way”, relationship between one’s self and
others that involves both sides equally, and in a mutual fashion.[3][4]

Here is the Hadith with the directive form of the Golden rule:

Anas relates that the Holy Prophet said: No one believes truly until he desires for his
brother that which he desires for himself (Bokhari and Muslim).

This Golden rule can be explained from the perspective of psychology, philosophy,
sociology and religion. Psychologically, it involves a person empathizing with others.
Philosophically, it involves a person perceiving their neighbor as also an “I” or
“self”.[3][4] Sociologically, this principle is applicable between individuals, between
groups, and also between individuals and groups. (For example, a person living by this
rule treats all people with consideration, not just members of his or her in-group.)

Other narrations of the Golden rule can also be found in Hadiths:

Whoever wishes to be delivered from the fire and to enter paradise should treat other
people as they wish to be treated themselves (Muslim).

Do unto all men as you would wish to have done unto you; and reject for others what you
would reject for yourself (Abu Dawud)

3. Abu Hurairah relates that the Holy Prophet kissed his grandson Hasan ibn Ali Aqr’a
ibn Habis, who was with him at the time, and he said: I have ten sons and have never
kissed any of them. The Holy Prophet looked at him and said: He who has no compassion
will receive none (Bokhari and Muslim).

. Ayesha relates that some desert Arabs came to the Holy Prophet and asked: Do you kiss
your children? He answered: Yes. They said: We never kiss them. He said: Can I help it
if Allah has stripped your hearts of compassion (Bokhari and Muslim)

5. Jarir ibn Abdullah relates that the Holy Prophet said: Allah has no mercy for him who
has no mercy for his fellows (Bokhari and Muslim).

6. Abu Qatadah Harith ibn Ribi’ relates that the Holy Prophet said: I stand up to lead the
Prayer having it in mind to lengthen it. Then I hear the cry of an infant and I shorten the
Prayer fearing lest I should make it burdensome for its mother (Bokhari).
7. Abu Hurairah relates that the Holy Prophet said: He who believes in Allah and the Last
Day must speak beneficently or keep quiet (Bokhari and Muslim).

8. Abu Hurairah relates that the Holy Prophet said: Allah will cover up the faults on the
Day of Judgment of him who covers up the faults of another in this world (Muslim).

9. The Prophet said that a kind word or even a smile is a form of charity.

10. Ibn Umar and Ayesha relate that the Holy Prophet said: Gabriel kept exhorting me
about the neighbor till I imagined he would include him in the category of heirs (Bokhari
and Muslim).

11. Abu Dharr relates that the Holy Prophet said: Abu Dharr, when you prepare broth put
plenty of water in it and take care of your neighbors (Muslim). Another version is: My
friend advised me: When you prepare broth put plenty of water in it, then find out about
the families of your neighbors and share it with them as may be suitable.

12. Abu Hurairah relates that the Holy Prophet called out: By Allah he does not believe,
by Allah he does not believe, by Allah he does not believe. He was asked: Who does not
believe, Messenger of Allah? He said: He whose neighbor is not secure against his
mischief (Bokhari and Muslim). Muslim’s version is: That one will not enter Paradise
whose neighbor is not secure against his mischief.

13. Abu Hurairah relates that the Holy Prophet said: O Muslim women, disdain not doing
a kindness to a neighbor, even if it were sending her a lamb’s shank (Bokhari and
Muslim).

14. Abu Hurairah relates that the Holy Prophet said: Let no one forbid his neighbor
placing his rafter on his wall. Abu Hurairah added: Now I see you turning away from
this, but I shall continue to proclaim it (Bokhari and Muslim).

15. Abu Shuraih Khuza’i relates that the Holy Prophet said: He who believes in Allah and
the Last Day should be benevolent towards his neighbor; he who believes in Allah and
the Last Day should honor his guest; he who believes in Allah and the Last Day should
speak beneficently or should keep quiet (Muslim).

16. Ayesha relates that she asked the Holy Prophet: I have two neighbors; to which of
them shall I send a present? He said: To the one whose door is nearer to yours (Bokhari).
17. Sahl ibn Sa’ad relates that the Holy Prophet said: He who takes care of an orphan and
me will be like this in Paradise; and he raised his forefinger and middle finger by way of
illustration (Bokhari).

18. Abu Hurairah relates that the Holy Prophet said: He who takes care of an orphan,
whether related to him or a stranger and me will be like these two in Paradise; and the
narrator raised his forefinger and middle finger by way of illustration (Muslim).

19. Abu Hurairah relates that the Holy Prophet said: He who exerts himself on behalf of
widows and the indigent is like one who strives in the cause of Allah; and the narrator
thinks he added: and like the guardian who never retreats, and like one who observes the
fast and does not break it (Bokhari and Muslim).

20. Abu Hurairah relates that the Holy Prophet said: The worst food is the food served at
a walima (marriage party) from which those are excluded who would like to come and to
which those are invited who refuse to come and he who declines an invitation disobeys
Allah and His Messenger (Muslim). Another version is:

The worst food is the food served at a walima to which the rich are invited and from
which the poor are excluded.

21. Anas relates that the Holy Prophet said: He who brings up two girls through their
childhood will appear on the Day of Judgment attached to me like two fingers of a hand
(Muslim).

22. Ayesha relates: A poor woman came to me with her two daughters. I gave her three
dates. She gave one to each girl and raised the third to her own mouth to eat. The girls
asked her for it. So she broke it into two parts and gave one to each of the girls. I was
much struck by her action and mentioned what she had done to the Holy Prophet. He
said: Allah appointed Paradise for her in consequence of it; or he said: Allah freed her
from the Fire on account of it (Bokhari and Muslim).

23. Abu Shuraih Khuwailad ibn Amr Khuza’i relates that the Holy Prophet said: Allah, I
declare sinful any failure to safeguard the rights of two weak ones; orphans and women
(Nisai).

24. Mus’ab ibn Sa’ad ibn Abi Waqqas relates: Sa’ad had a notion that he had a
superiority over those who were not so well off as he was. The Holy Prophet said: You
are helped and are provided for because of the weak and poor ones among you (Bokhari).
25. Abu Darda’ relates that he heard the Holy Prophet say: Look for me among the weak
ones, for you are helped and provided for on account of the weak ones among you (Abu
Daud).

26. Nu’man ibn Bashir relates that the Holy Prophet said: The believers in their love,
kindness and compassion towards each other are like the human body; when one of its
limbs is afflicted the whole of it is involved both in waking and in fever (Bokhari and
Muslim).

27. Abu Hurairah relates that the Holy Prophet said: Charity is incumbent upon every
human limb every day on which the sun rises. To bring about just reconciliation between
two contestants is charity. Helping a person to mount his animal, or to load his baggage
on to it is charity. A good word is charity. Every step taken towards the mosque
for salat is charity. To remove anything from the street that causes inconvenience is
charity (Bokhari and Muslim).

28. Umm Kulthum relates that she heard the Holy Prophet say: He who brings about
peace between people and attains good or says that which is good is not a liar (Bokhari
and Muslim).

30. Anas relates that the Holy Prophet said: Go to the help of your brother whether he
commits a wrong or is wronged. Someone asked: Messenger of Allah, I would help him
if he is wronged, but tell me how shall I help him if he is committing a wrong? He
answered: Stop him from committing the wrong; that is helping him (Bokhari).

31. Abu Hurairah relates that the Holy Prophet said: Should a Muslim owe an obligation
to his brother in respect of his honor or anything else, let him obtain a release of it today
before the time comes when he will have neither dinars nor dirhems. Else, if he should
have good deeds they will be taken away from him in proportion to his obligation, and if
he should not have good deeds he would be burdened with the evil deeds of the one he
wronged in the same proportion (Bokhari).

32. The Holy Prophet Muhammad, may peace be on him said: As long as a Muslim
occupies himself with helping a brother, Allah, the Exalted, occupies himself with
helping him (Muslim, Tirmidhi and Nisai).

34. The Prophet also said: He who directs another towards good will have such merit as
the one who follows his direction; and has said: If a person calls another towards
guidance he will have as much merit as the one who follows his direction, without there
being the least diminution in the merit of either (Muslim and Abu Daud).
35. Abdullah ibn Amr ibn ‘As relates that the Holy Prophet said: A Muslim is one against
whose tongue and hands the Muslims are secure (Bokhari and Muslim).

36. Abu Hurairah relates that the Holy Prophet asked: Do you know who is a pauper? He
was told: Among us a pauper is one who has nothing, cash or property. He said: A pauper
from among my people would be one who faces the Day of Judgment with a record of
salat and fasts and Zakat, but who will have abused this one, and calumniated that one,
and devoured the substance of a third, and shed the blood of a fourth and beaten a fifth.
Then each of them will be allotted a portion of his good deeds. Should they not suffice,
then their sins and defaults will be transferred from them to him and he will be thrown
into the Fire (Muslim).

37. Umm Salamah relates that the Holy Prophet said: I am but a human being. You bring
your disputes to me for decision. It might happen that one party might be better versed in
presenting his case than the other and I might decide in his favor according to what I
hear. But if I decide in favor of one contrary to the right of the other, I merely allot a
brand of fire to him (Bokhari and Muslim).

38. Abu Musa Ash’ari relates that the Holy Prophet said: The relationship between one
believer and another is like that between different parts of a building, one part strengthens
another. Then he gripped the fingers of one hand between those of the other by way of
illustration (Bokhari and Muslim).

The Prophet’s compassion was not limited to the fellow human beings, his mercy and
kindness extended to all living beings.

39. Once the Prophet of Mercy passed by an animal branded on his face. He said to the
owner, “Has it not reached you that I have cursed the one who brands an animal’s face or
hits it on its face?”

40. Once, the Prophet of Mercy spoke of God’s forgiveness due to the humane treatment
of animals. He told his companions the story of a man who got thirsty on his way. He
found a well, climbed down inside it to the water, and quenched his thirst. When he came
out he saw a panting dog licking on mud out of extreme thirst. The man thought to
himself, “The dog has become as thirsty as I was!” The man went down the well again
and got some water for the dog. God appreciated his good work and forgave him. The
companions asked, “O Prophet of God, do we get rewarded on humane treatment of
animals?” He said, “There is a reward in (doing good to) every living being.”

Prophet Muhammad (saw) was also very kind and affectionate towards women. Women were
very badly treated in those times. The Noble Prophet (saw) gave them honor and dignity at par
with men in the community. Umar (ra) reported, "We did not have much regard for women, while
we were at Makkah, but they were better treated in Madinah. Allah's Messenger (saw) established
women's rights through his sayings and commandments, which improved their position and
status."
Once on a journey with the Noble Prophet (saw), Anjasha, an Abyssinian slave was walking
ahead of the camels and was singing. Some of the wives of the Noble Prophet (saw) happened to
be with him on that journey. While Anjasha was singing, the carriers began moving fast. At that,
Prophet Muhammad (saw) said, "Anjasha, take care lest the crystals (women) may break."
It is reported by many companions, including Abu Saeed, A'ishah, Anas, Ibn Abbas and Jabir
(ra), that Allah's Messenger (saw) said, "Whoever has two or three daughters or sisters and treats
them well will go to Paradise."
animal
It was also forbidden to shear their hair or tails. Prophet Muhammad (saw) said that the tail was
the brush and fan of these animals and hair was their quilt. He also forbade people to keep
animals tied to their working equipment for a long time and said, "Don't make the backs of
animals your chairs." Animal fights were also made unlawful. Another custom was to tie up an
animal and practise arrow shooting on it. This was also prohibited.
Once the Prophet (saw) was on a journey with his companions and they stopped for rest at a
certain place. A bird had laid an egg there. A man took away the egg and the bird began beating
her wings in a state of great distress. The Prophet (saw) inquired who had hurt her by taking her
egg. When the man admitted that he had done that, the Prophet (saw) asked him to return the egg
to the nest.
Prophet Muhammad (saw) was so kind and gentle that he advised his companions to be nice and
considerate even while slaughtering animals for food. He asked them to slaughter them with the
sharpest weapon, thus causing the minimum pain and suffering to the animal. He also forbade
them to sharpen the weapon in front of the animal or when the animal was ready for slaughter,
but told them to do these preliminaries before the animal was brought for slaughter.
Abdullah Ibn Masud (ra) reported Allah's Messenger (saw) as saying, "Shall I not tell you about
the man who is kept away from Hell, and from whom Hell is kept away? From the person who is
gentle and kind, accessible and of an easy disposition."
Once he saw a camel on the road, whose belly had shrunk so much because of extreme hunger
that it had become one with its back. He said, "Fear Allah in your treatment of these animals who
cannot speak." Muhammad (saw) himself fed animals, tied carriers and milked goats.
Mercy for Relatives
Prophet Muhammad (saw) was very kind to his relatives and asked his followers to treat their
parents and relatives with kindness. Abu Hurairah (ra) reported that a man asked Allah's
Messenger, "Who is most deserving of friendly care from me?" He replied, "Your mother." He
asked who came next and Prophet Muhammad (saw) replied, "Your mother." He asked who came
next and he again replied, "Your mother." He again asked who came next and he replied, "Your
father." And last of all, he replied, "Your nearest relatives."
Ibn Umar (ra) reported Allah's Messenger (saw) as saying, "One of the first acts of kindness is for
a man to treat his father's friends in a kind manner after his death." Anas (ra) reported Allah's
Messenger as saying, "He who wishes to have his provisions increased and his term of life
prolonged should treat his relatives well." Abu Hurairah (ra) and many other companions
reported Allah's Messenger (saw) as saying that Rahim (ties of kinship) is a word derived from
the Compassionate One, (Al-Raheem). Allah said, "I shall keep connection with him who joins
you, and sever connection with him who severs you." Abdullah Ibn Abu Aufa (ra) told that he
heard Allah's Messenger (saw) say, "Mercy will not descend on a people among whom there is
one who severs ties of kinship."
Anas (ra) reported Allah's Messenger (saw) as saying, "By Him in Whose Hands is my soul, a
man does not believe until he wishes for his brother what he does for himself." Abu Hurairah (ra)
reported Allah's Messenger as saying, "By Allah he does not believe," and he repeated it thrice.
When asked to whom he was referring, he replied, "The one from whom his neighbor is not safe."
Abdullah Ibn Amr (ra) reported Allah's Messenger (saw) as saying, "The best companion in
Allah's sight is the one who is best to his companion, and the best neighbor in Allah's sight is the
one who is best to his neighbor."

This is one of the principles put forward by Islam as a foundation for the whole structure of
human relationships. "Treat your parents with great consideration. If either or both of them live
with you in their old age, do not say a word of contempt to them, nor rebuke them but speak kind
words to them; treat them with humility and tenderness and pray: 'Lord, be merciful to them just
as they brought me up with kindness and affection.'" (Qur'an, 17:23-24) In Surah Luqmaan, we
read, "And We have enjoined on man to be good to his parents, to show gratitude to Me and to
your parents." (Qur'an, 31:14)

The essence of Islam is to serve Allah and be kind and good to one's fellow creatures: "Serve
Allah, and join not any partner with him and show kindness and affection to your parents and to
relatives and to orphans, and to the needy; and be considerate to your neighbors and to
wayfarers." (Qur'an, 4:36) The same commandment was given to nations of previous times:
"Remember that We made a solemn covenant with the Children of Israel to this effect: Worship
none but Allah; be good to your Parents, to your relatives, to orphans and to the helpless; and
speak fair to the people." (Qur'an, 2:83)
Mercy for Orphans

Prophet Muhammad (saw) was kind to all people and asked his followers to be the same. He was
especially kind to orphans and asked his companions to be kind to them. Thauban (ra) reported
Allah's Messenger (saw) as saying, "Only supplication averts the decree (of fate), only kindness
prolongs life, and a man is deprived of provision for a fault he has committed."

Ibn Umar (ra) reported Allah's Messenger (saw) as saying, "A Muslim is a Muslim's brother; he
does not wrong him. If anyone cares for his brother's need, Allah will take care of his need; if
anyone relieves his brother's anxiety, Allah will remove from him one of his anxieties on the Day
of Resurrection; and if anyone conceals a Muslim's secrets, Allah will conceal his secrets on the
Day of Resurrection."

Abu Hurairah (ra) reported Allah's Messenger (saw) as saying, "The best house among the
Muslims is one where an orphan is well treated, and the worst house among the Muslims is one
where an orphan is badly treated."

Abu Omamah (ra) reported Allah's Messenger (saw) as saying, "If anyone caresses an orphan by
moving his fingers in his hair, doing so only for God's sake, he will have blessings for every hair
over which his hand passes and if anyone treats well an orphan girl or boy under his care, he and I
shall be like these two in Paradise," putting two of his fingers together.

Abu Hurairah (ra) reported Allah's Messenger (saw) as saying, "He who strives to serve a widow
and a poor person is like the one who strives in Allah's way." He also reported that when a man
complained to the Messenger of Allah of being hardhearted he said, "Show affection to the
orphans and feed the poor."
Prophet Muhammad (saw) treated everybody, friend or foe, with kindness and taught his
companions to do likewise. It is reported by Abu Basra Ghifari (ra) that when he was a non-
believer he came to Madinah and stayed as a guest of the Messenger of Allah (saw). He drank
milk from all his goats at night but the Prophet (saw) did not say a word. That night he and all his
family slept hungry.
A similar incident is reported by Abu Hurairah (ra). One night a non-believer stayed as a guest of
the Noble Prophet (saw). One by one, he drank milk of all the seven goats, but the Prophet (saw)
did not show any sign of anger or dislike towards him. Perhaps due to the Prophet's behavior,
next morning, the man embraced Islam and was satisfied with the milk of only one goat.
The problem of hypocrites in Madinah was a great test for the Prophet and his companions, but he
always treated them kindly and with great consideration. Abdullah Ibn Ubayy and his followers
embraced Islam, but at heart they were non-believers and never really accepted Islam. Their
behavior at the time of the Battle of Uhud and on many other occasions was damaging to the
cause of Islam, but Prophet Muhammad (saw) always treated them with kindness. When
Abdullah Ibn Ubayy died, Prophet Muhammad gave his cloak for his shroud.

Jews were extremely hostile to Prophet Muhammad (saw) and his mission, but he was always
kind to them. Once he went to the house of a Jew to visit his sick son. He invited the boy to Islam
but the boy looked towards his father for his permission. His father gave him permission and the
boy embraced Islam. Once when the funeral of a Jew was passing, the Prophet (saw) stood up as
a mark of respect for the dead. Once a Jew complained to him that a Muslim had slapped him. He
called that Muslim at once and reprimanded him.
In the valley of Hudaibiyah while Prophet Muhammad (saw) was saying the morning prayer with
his companions, seventy or eighty non-believers came down quietly from the mountain of
Taneem in order to kill the Muslims during prayer. They were caught and brought before him. He
treated them well and released them all.

In fact, he treated all people with kindness under all circumstances and never showed any ill-will
towards anyone or mistreated anyone. Makhul (ra) reported Allah's Messenger (saw) as saying,
"The believers are gentle and kind like a pliant camel which, when guided, lets itself be guided
and when made to sit, even on stones, does so." Mu'adh (ra) said, "The last injunction Allah's
Messenger gave me when he put his foot in the stirrup was, 'Treat people well, O Mu'adh.'"
Narrated by Ibn Umar: The Prophet (saw) used to deliver his sermons while standing beside (or
leaning on) a trunk of a Date Palm tree. When he had the pulpit made, he used it (the pulpit)
instead (of the Date Palm tree). The trunk (of the tree) started crying/weeping (grieving out of
love for the prophet) and the Prophet approached it, rubbing his hand over it (to sooth it and stop
its crying/weeping). –Sahih al-Bukhari Volume 4, Book 56, Number 783-784
Narrated by Abu Huraira
Allah 's Apostle said, "Treat women nicely, for a women is created from a rib, and the most
curved portion of the rib is its upper portion, so, if you should try to straighten it, it will break, but
if you leave it as it is, it will remain crooked. So treat women nicely." Volume 4, Book 55,
Number 548
I looked up and saw Gabriel in it. He called me saying, 'Allah has heard your people's saying to
you, and what they have replied back to you, Allah has sent the Angel of the Mountains to you so
that you may order him to do whatever you wish to these people.' The Angel of the Mountains
called and greeted me, and then said, "O Muhammad! Order what you wish. If you like, I will let
Al-Akh-Shabain (i.e. two mountains) fall on them." The Prophet said, "No but I hope that Allah
will let them beget children who will worship Allah Alone, and will worship None besides Him."
Volume 4, Book 54, Number 454 :
Narrated by 'Ali
I relate the traditions of Allah's Apostle to you for I would rather fall from the sky than attribute
something to him falsely. But when I tell you a thing which is between you and me, then no
doubt, war is guile. I heard Allah's Apostle saying, "In the last days of this world there will
appear some young foolish people who will use (in their claim) the best speech of all people (i.e.
the Qur'an) and they will abandon Islam as an arrow going through the game. Their belief will not
go beyond their throats (i.e. they will have practically no belief), so wherever you meet them, kill
them, for he who kills them shall get a reward on the Day of Resurrection." Volume 4, Book 56,
Number 808 :
Narrated by 'Abdullah bin 'Amr
Allah's Apostle neither talked in an insulting manner nor did he ever speak evil intentionally. He
used to say, "The most beloved to me amongst you is the one who has the best character and

manners." Volume 5, Book 57, Number 104


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Allah's Apostle mentioned the greatest sins or he was asked about the greatest sins. He said, "To
join partners in worship with Allah; to kill a soul which Allah has forbidden to kill; and to be
undutiful or unkind to one's parents." Volume 8, Book 73, Number 8 and 7
Narrated by 'Abdullah bin 'Amr
Allah's Apostle said. "It is one of the greatest sins that a man should curse his parents." It was
asked (by the people), "O Allah's Apostle! How does a man curse his parents?" The Prophet said,
"'The man abuses the father of another man and the latter abuses the father of the former and
abuses his mother." Volume 8, Book 73, Number 4 :
Narrated by Al-Mughira
The Prophet said, "Allah has forbidden you ( 1 ) to be undutiful to your mothers (2) to withhold
(what you should give) or (3) demand (what you do not deserve), and (4) to bury your daughters
alive. And Allah has disliked that (A) you talk too much about others ( B), ask too many
questions (in religion), or (C) waste your property Volume 8, Book 73, Number 6 : :
Narrated by 'Aisha
A bedouin came to the Prophet and said, "You (people) kiss the boys! We don't kiss them." The
Prophet said, "I cannot put mercy in your heart after Allah has taken it away from it." volume 8,
Book 73, Number 27 :
Narrated by Safwan bin Salim
The Prophet said "The one who looks after and works for a widow and for a poor person, is like a
warrior fighting for Allah's Cause or like a person who fasts during the day and prays all the night
Volume 8, Book 73, Number 35, 36
Narrated by An-Nu'man bin Bashir ( introduction)
Allah's Apostle said, "You see the believers as regards their being merciful among themselves
and showing love among themselves and being kind, resembling one body, so that, if any part of
the body is not well then the whole body shares the sleeplessness (insomnia) and fever with it."
Volume 8, Book 73, Number 40
Narrated by 'Aisha
I never felt so jealous of any woman as I did of Khadija, though she had died three years before
the Prophet married me, and that was because I heard him mentioning her too often, and because
his Lord had ordered him to give her the glad tidings that she would have a palace in Paradise,
made of Qasab and because he used to slaughter a sheep and distribute its meat among her
friends. Volume 8, Book 73, Number 33 :
Narrated by 'Aisha & ibn Umar
The Prophet said "Gabriel continued to recommend me about treating the neighbors Kindly and
politely so much so that I thought he would order (me) to make them as (my) heirs. Volume 8,
Book 73, Number 43 , 44
Narrated by Abu Shuraih Al-Adawi
My ears heard and my eyes saw the Prophet when he spoke, "Anybody who believes in Allah and
the Last Day, should serve his neighbor generously, and anybody who believes in Allah and the
Last Day should serve his guest generously by giving him his reward." It was asked. "What is his
reward, O Allah's Apostle?" He said, "(To be entertained generously) for a day and a night with
high quality of food and the guest has the right to be entertained for three days (with ordinary
food) and if he stays longer, what he will be provided with will be regarded as Sadaqa (a
charitable gift). And anybody who believes in Allah and the Last Day should talk what is good or
keep quite (i.e. abstain from all kinds of dirty and evil talks)." Volume 8, Book 73, Number 48
Narrated by 'Aisha
(the wife of the Prophet) A group of Jews entered upon the Prophet and said, "As-Samu-
Alaikum." (i.e. death be upon you). I understood it and said, "Wa-Alaikum As-Samu wal-la'n.
(death and the curse of Allah be Upon you)." Allah's Apostle said "Be calm, O 'Aisha! Allah
loves that on, should be kind and lenient in all matters." I said, "O Allah's Apostle! Haven't you
heard what they (the Jews) have said?" Allah's Apostle said "I have (already) said (to them) "And
upon you ! " Volume 8, Book 73, Number 53
Narrated by Anas bin Malik
The Prophet was not one who would abuse (others) or say obscene words, or curse (others), and if
he wanted to admonish anyone of us, he used to say: "What is wrong with him, his forehead be
dusted!" Volume 8, Book 73, Number 58
Narrated by Anas
The Prophet was the best among the people (both in shape and character) and was the most
generous of them, and was the bravest of them Volume 8, Book 73, Number 59
Narrated by Anas
I served the Prophet for ten years, and he never said to me, "Uf" (a minor harsh word denoting
impatience) and never blamed me by saying, "Why did you do so or why didn't you do so?"
Volume 8, Book 73, Number 64
Narrated by Al-Aswad
I asked 'Aisha what did the Prophet use to do at home. She replied. "He used to keep himself busy
serving his family and when it was time for the prayer, he would get up for prayer." Volume 8,
Book 73, Number 65
Narrated by 'Abdullah bin Zam'a
The Prophet forbade laughing at a person who passes wind, and said, "How does anyone of you
beat his wife as he beats the stallion camel and then he may embrace (sleep with) her?" And
Hisham said, "As he beats his slave." Volume 8, Book 73, Number 68
Narrated by 'Abdullah
Allah's Apostle said, "Abusing a Muslim is Fusuq (i.e., an evil-doing), and killing him is Kufr
(disbelief)." Volume 8, Book 73, Number 70
Narrated by Abu Dhar
That he heard the Prophet saying, "If somebody accuses another of Fusuq (by calling him 'Fasiq'
i.e. a wicked person) or accuses him of Kufr, such an accusation will revert to him (i.e. the
accuser) if his companion (the accused) is innocent." Volume 8, Book 73, Number 71 :
Narrated by Anas
Allah's Apostle was neither a Fahish (one who had a bad tongue) nor a Sabbaba (one who abuses
others) and he used to say while admonishing somebody, "What is wrong with him? May dust be
on his forehead!" Volume 8, Book 73, Number 72
Narrated by Ma'rur
I saw Abu Dhar wearing a Burd (garment) and his slave too was wearing a Burd, so I said (to
Abu Dhar), "If you take this (Burda of your slave) and wear it (along with yours), you will have a
nice suit (costume) and you may give him another garment." Abu Dhar said, "There was a quarrel
between me and another man whose mother was a non-Arab and I called her bad names. The man
mentioned (complained about) me to the Prophet. The Prophet said, "Did you abuse so-and-so?" I
said, "Yes" He said, "Did you call his mother bad names?" I said, "Yes". He said, "You still have
the traits of (the Pre-lslamic period of) ignorance." I said. "(Do I still have ignorance) even now
in my old age?" He said, "Yes, they (slaves or servants) are your brothers, and Allah has put them
under your command. So the one under whose hand Allah has put his brother, should feed him of
what he eats, and give him dresses of what he wears, and should not ask him to do a thing beyond
his capacity. And if at all he asks him to do a hard task, he should help him therein." Volume 8,
Book 73, Number 76
Narrated by Abu Huraira
The Prophet said, "Beware of suspicion, for suspicion is the worst of false tales; and do not look
for the others' faults and do not spy, and do not be jealous of one another, and do not desert (cut
your relation with) one another, and do not hate one another; and O Allah's worshipers! Be
brothers (as Allah has ordered you!") Volume 8, Book 73, Number 90
Narrated by Anas bin Malik
Allah's Apostle said, "Do not hate one another, and do not be jealous of one another, and do not
desert each other, and O, Allah's worshipers! Be brothers. Lo! It is not permissible for any
Muslim to desert (not talk to) his brother (Muslim) for more than three days." Volume 8, Book
73, Number 91
Narrated by Tariq (introduction)
'Abdullah said, "The best talk is Allah's Book (Qur'an), and the best guidance is the guidance of
Muhammad." Volume 8, Book 73, Number 120
Narrated by Abu Huraira
A bedouin urinated in the mosque, and the people rushed to beat him. Allah's Apostle ordered
them to leave him and pour a bucket or a tumbler (full) of water over the place where he has
passed urine. The Prophet then said, " You have been sent to make things easy (for the people)
and you have not been sent to make things difficult for them." Volume 8, Book 73, Number 149
Narrated by Anas bin Malik
The Prophet said, "Make things easy for the people, and do not make it difficult for them, and
make them calm (with glad tidings) and do not repulse (them )." Volume 8, Book 73, Number
146
( here look for the hadith of the woman that swore she will go for hajj by foot from musnad
ahmad)
Narrated by Anas bin Malik (introduction)
The Prophet used to mix with us to the extent that he would say to a younger brother of mine, 'O
father of 'Umar! What did the Nughair (a kind of bird) do?" Volume 8, Book 73, Number 150
Narrated by 'Aisha
Whenever Allah's Apostle was given the choice of one of two matters he would choose the easier
of the two as long as it was not sinful to do so, but if it was sinful, he would not approach it.
Allah's Apostle never took revenge over anybody for his own sake but (he did) only when Allah's
legal bindings were outraged, in which case he would take revenge for Allah's sake." (See Hadith
No. 760. Vol. 4) Volume 8, Book 73, Number 147

Narrated by 'Abdullah
Allah's Apostle said, "I saw (in a dream) the people assembled in a gathering, and then Abu Bakr
got up and drew one or two buckets of water (from a well) but there was weakness in his drawing.
May Allah forgive him. Then 'Umar took the bucket and in his hands it turned into a very large
bucket. I had never seen anyone amongst: the people who could draw the water as strongly as
'Umar till all the people drank their fill and watered their camels that knelt down there. Volume 4,
Book 56, Number 828 :
Narrated by Ibn 'Umar
Abu Bakr used to say, "Please Muhammad (i.e. the Prophet) by doing good to his family."
Volume 5, Book 57, Number 94
Narrated by Muhammad
Anas bin Malik said, "The head of Al-Husain was brought to 'Ubaidullah bin Ziyad and
was put in a tray, and then Ibn Ziyad started playing with a stick at the nose and mouth of
Al-Husain's head and saying something about his handsome features." Anas then said (to
him), "Al-Husain resembled the Prophet more than the others did." Anas added, "His (i.e.
Al-Husain's) hair was dyed with Wasma (i.e. a kind of plant used as a dye)." Volume 5,
Book 57, Number 91 :
Narrated by Anas bin Malik
The Prophet said, "None will have the sweetness (delight) of Faith (a) till he loves a person and
loves him only for Allah's sake, (b) and till it becomes dearer to him to be thrown in the fire than
to revert to disbelief (Heathenism) after Allah has brought him out of it, (c) and till Allah and His
Apostle become dearer to him than anything else." Volume 8, Book 73, Number 67 :
Narrated by Anas
A bedouin came to the Prophet and said, "O Allah's Apostle! When will The Hour be
established?" The Prophet said, "Wailaka (Woe to you), What have you prepared for it?" The
bedouin said, "I have not prepared anything for it, except that I love Allah and H is Apostle." The
Prophet said, "You will be with those whom you love." We (the companions of the Prophet ) said,
"And will we too be so? The Prophet said, "Yes." So we became very glad on that day. In the
meantime, a slave of Al-Mughira passed by, and he was of the same age as I was. The Prophet
said. "If this (slave) should live long, he will not reach the geriatric old age, but the Hour will be
established." Volume 8, Book 73, Number 188 :
Narrated by 'Abdullah bin Mas'ud
A man came to Allah's Apostle and said, "O Allah's Apostle! What do you say about a man who
loves some people but cannot catch up with their good deeds?" Allah's Apostle said, "Everyone
will be with those whom he loves." Volume 8, Book 73, Number 190 :

Narrated by Abu Musa


It was said to the Prophet; , "A man may love some people but he cannot catch up with their good
deeds?" The Prophet said, "Everyone will be with those whom he loves." Volume 8, Book 73,
Number 191 :
Narrated by Anas bin Malik
A man asked the Prophet "When will the Hour be established O Allah's Apostle?" The Prophet .
said, "What have you prepared for it?" The man said, " I haven't prepared for it much of prayers
or fast or alms, but I love Allah and His Apostle." The Prophet said, "You will be with those
whom you love." Volume 8, Book 73, Number 192 :