Sayings of Prophet Muhammed (Peace Be Upon Him)

Allah - Proper name of God in Arabic.  Allah is the Creator and the Universal God.

Hadith  - Sayings of Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) 

‘Peace be upon him’ - Muslims mention this phrase after mentioning the name of Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him). 

This is done to honor and respect the Prophet.

Each saying has three components:

  1. Narrator – Person who heard these sayings directly from Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) – found at the beginning of the hadith.
  2. The actual words of the Prophet (written in blue).
  3. Collector of these sayings – appears in brackets at the end of the hadith.

Repentance

Ibn 'Abbas and Anas bin Malik (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: Messenger of Allah, Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) said, "If a son of Adam were to own a valley full of gold, he would desire to have two. Nothing can fill his mouth except the earth (of the grave). Allah turns with mercy to him who turns to Him in repentance".

[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Patience

Abu Sa`id and Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: "Never a believer is stricken with a discomfort, an illness, an anxiety, a grief or mental worry or even the pricking of a thorn but Allah will expiate his sins on account of his patience".

[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Truthfulness

Abdullah bin Mas`ud (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "Truth leads to piety and piety leads to Jannah. A man persists in speaking the truth till he is enrolled with Allah as a truthful. Falsehood leads to vice and vice leads to the Fire (Hell), and a person persists on telling lies until he is enrolled as a liar".'

[Agreed upon].

Business Transactions

Hakim bin Hizam (May Allah be pleased with him) reported that: Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: "Both parties in a business transaction have a right to annul it so long as they have not separated; and if they tell the truth and make everything clear to each other (i.e., the seller and the buyer speak the truth, the seller with regard to what is purchased, and the buyer with regard to the money) they will be blessed in their transaction, but if they conceal anything and lie, the blessing on their transaction will be eliminated.''
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Good Conduct

`Abdullah bin Busr Al-Aslami (May Allah be pleased with him) said: Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, "The best of people is one whose life is long and his conduct is good".

[At-Tirmidhi].

Comment: Longevity of life is a blessing, provided it is accompanied by Faith and good deeds; otherwise, the longer life one has, the greater will be the number of sins. Such a long life is disastrous.

Anas (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: “The Messenger of Allah, Prophet Muhammed, peace be upon him, was the best of all the people in behavior”.

[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Desiring Good for others

Anas (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "No one of you becomes a true believer until he likes for his brother what he likes for himself".

[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Jihad – Best type

Abu Sa`id Al-Khudri (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "The best type of Jihad (striving in the way of Allah) is speaking a true word in the presence of a tyrant ruler.''

[Abu Dawud and At-Tirmidhi].

Trust

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, "There are three signs of a hypocrite: When he speaks, he lies; when he makes a promise, he breaks it; and when he is trusted, he betrays his trust."

[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Charity – Different types

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, "On every joint of man, there is charity, on every day when the sun rises: doing justice between two men is charity, and assisting a man to ride an animal or to load his luggage on it is charity; and a good word is charity, every step which one takes towards (the mosque for) Salat(prayer) is charity, and removing harmful things from the way is charity".

[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Orphans

Sahl bin Sa`d (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, "I will be like this in Jannah with the person who takes care of an orphan". Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) raised his forefinger and middle finger by way of  illustration.[Al-Bukhari].

Abu Shuraih Khuwailid bin `Amr Al-Khuza`i (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "O Allah, I declare inviolable the rights of two weak ones: the orphans and women".[An-Nasa'i].

Women

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, "The believers who show the most perfect Faith are those who have the best behaviour, and the best of you are those who are the best to their wives".[At-Tirmidhi].

Family

Thauban bin Bujdud (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, "The most excellent dinar is one that a person spends on his family, and the dinar which he spends on his riding-animal in the way of Allah (in Jihad), and the dinar he spends on his companions in the way of Allah".[Muslim].

Note: Dinar = Currency (money) in some Muslim countries, similar to dollars ($) in USA.

Neighbors

Ibn `Umar and `Aishah (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, "Jibril (Gabriel) kept recommending treating neighbors with kindness until I thought he would assign a share of inheritance".

[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Abu Dharr (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) commanded me thus, "O Abu Dharr! Whenever you prepare a broth, put plenty of water in it, and give some of it to your neighbors".[Muslim].

Parents

`Abdullah bin Mas`ud (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: I asked the Prophet (peace be upon him) , "Which of the deeds is loved most by Allah?'' Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, "Salat(prayer) at its proper time.'' I asked, ``What next?'' He (peace be upon him) replied, ``Kindness to parents.'' I asked, ``What next?'' He replied, ``Jihad in the way of Allah.'' [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Parent’s Friends

`Abdullah bin `Umar (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "The finest act of goodness is that a person should treat kindly the loved ones of his father".

[Muslim].

Relatives

Anas (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, "He who desires ample provisions and his life be prolonged, should maintain good ties with his blood relations". [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

`Abdullah bin `Amr Al-`as (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "The person who perfectly maintains the ties of kinship is not the one who does it because he gets recompensed by his relatives (for being kind and good to them), but the one who truly maintains the bonds of kinship is the one who persists in doing so even though the latter has severed the ties of kinship with him"[Al-Bukhari].

Note: Islam recommends us to be nice to people even though they are not nice to us.

Terrorism – Murder

Abdullah bin `Amr bin Al-`as (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "(Of the) major sins are: to ascribe partners to Allah, disobey parents, murder someone, and to take a false oath (intentionally)".[Al-Bukhari].

Elderly – Respecting

`Amr bin Shu`aib (May Allah be pleased with him)on the authority of his father who heard it from his father reported: Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: "He is not one of us who shows no mercy to younger ones and does not acknowledge the honor due to our elders".[At-Tirmidhi and Abu Dawud].

Anas bin Malik (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, "If a young man honors an older person on account of his age, Allah appoints someone to show reverence to him in his old age"[At-Tirmidhi].

Sick – visiting

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: I heard Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) saying, "Whosoever visits an ailing person or a brother of his to seek the Pleasure of Allah, an announcer (angel) calls out: `May you be happy, may your walking be blessed, and may you be awarded a dignified position in Jannah (paradise)". [At-Tirmidhi].

Abu Musa (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, "Visit the sick, feed the hungry, and (arrange for the) release of the captive.'' [Al-Bukhari].

Marriage partner – What to look for

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "A woman is married for four things: for her wealth, for her lineage, for her beauty or for her piety. Select the pious, may you be blessed!". [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Mercy of Allah

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: I heard Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) saying, "When Allah created the creatures, He wrote in the Book, which is with Him over His Throne: `Verily, My Mercy prevailed over My Wrath" [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Forgiveness of Allah

Abu Dharr (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "Allah, the Almighty, says: `Whosoever does a good deed, will have (reward) ten times like it and I add more; and whosoever does an evil, will have the punishment like it or I will forgive (him); and whosoever approaches Me by one span, I will approach him by one cubit; and whosoever approaches Me by one cubit, I approach him by one fathom, and whosoever comes to Me walking, I go to him running; and whosoever meets Me with an earth-load of sins without associating anything with Me, I meet him with forgiveness like that". [Muslim]

Deeds

Anas (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: "Three (things) follow a dead person: Members of his family, his property and his deeds. Two of them return; and one remains with him. The people and his wealth return; his deeds remain with him". [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Wealth – Greed

K`ab bin Malik (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, "Two hungry wolves sent in the midst of a flock of sheep are no more destructive to them than a man's greed for wealth and fame is to his Deen.'' [At-Tirmidhi]

Working

Zubair bin `Awwam (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, "It is far better for you to take your rope, go to the mountain, (cut some firewood) carry it on your back, and sell it and thereby save your face than begging from people whether they give you or refuse.'' [Al-Bukhari].

Food – sharing

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, "The food for two suffices for three; and the food for three suffices for four persons.'' [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Envy

Ibn Mas`ud (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, "Envy is permitted only in two cases: A man whom Alah gives wealth, and he disposes of it rightfully, and a man to whom Allah gives knowledge which he applies and teaches it.'' [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Transgression

`Iyad bin Himar (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, "Allah has revealed to me that you should humble yourselves to one another. One should neither hold himself above another nor transgress against another.'' [Muslim].

Pride

`Abdullah bin Mas`ud (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "He who has, in his heart, an ant's weight of arrogance will not enter Jannah(Paradise).'' Someone said: "A man likes to wear beautiful clothes and shoes?'' Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "Allah is Beautiful, He loves beauty. Arrogance means ridiculing and rejecting the Truth and despising people.'' [Muslim].

Harithah bin Wahab (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, "Shall I not inform you about the inmates of Hell? It is every violent, impertinent and proud person.'' [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Foul language

`Abdullah bin `Amr bin Al-`as (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) did not indulge in loose talk nor did he like to listen to it. He used to say, "The best of you is the best among you in conduct.'' [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Tolerance

Ibn `Abbas (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said to Ashaj Abdul-Qais (May Allah be pleased with him), "You possess two qualities that Allah loves. These are clemency and tolerance.'' [Muslim].

Anger

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: A man asked the Prophet (peace be upon him)) to give him advice, and he (peace be upon him) said, "Do not get angry.'' The man repeated that several times and he (peace be upon him) replied (every time), "Do not get angry.'' [Al-Bukhari].

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, "The strong man is not the one who wrestles, but the strong man is in fact the one who controls himself in a fit of rage.'' [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Just Ruler

`Iyad bin Himar (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, "The people of Jannah (Paradise) will be of three kinds: A just successful ruler, a man who shows mercy to his relatives, and a pious believer who has a large family and refrains from begging.''

[Muslim].

Hypocrite

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, "Three are the signs of a hypocrite: When he speaks, he lies; when he makes a promise, he breaks it; and when he is trusted, he betrays his trust.'' [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Guest

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "He who believes in Allah and the Last Day, let him show hospitality to his guest; and he who believes in Allah and the Last Day, let him maintain good relation with kins; and he who believes in Allah and the Last Day,  let him speak good or remain silent.'' [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Prayers

Jabiru (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, "The similitude of the five (obligatory) Salat (prayers)  is like a river running at the door of one of you in which he takes a bath five times a day.'' [Muslim].

Ibn `Umar (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, "Salat in congregation is twenty-seven times more meritorious than a Salat (Prayer) performed individually.'' [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Five Pillars

Ibn `Umar (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, "(The structure of) Islam is built on five (pillars): Testification of `La ilaha illallah' (none has the right to be worshipped but Allah), that Muhammad (PBUH) is his slave and Messenger, the establishment of Salat (Prayer), the payment of Zakat (Obligatory charity), the pilgrimage to the House of Allah (Ka`bah), and Saum (Fasting) during the month of Ramadan.''[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Education

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, "Allah makes the way to Jannah (Paradise) easy for him who treads the path in search of knowledge.'' [Muslim].

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)

“It is obligatory for every Muslim, male or female, to acquire knowledge”.

(Al-Bayhaqi).

Backbiting

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, "Do you know what is backbiting?'' The Companions said: "Allah and His Messenger know better.'' Thereupon he said, "Backbiting is talking about your (Muslim) brother in a manner which he dislikes.'' It was said to him: "What if my (Muslim) brother is as I say.'' He said, "If he is actually as you say, then that is backbiting; but if that is not in him, that is slandering.'' [Muslim].

Truth & Falsehood

Ibn Mas`ud (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, "Truth leads to piety and piety leads to Jannah (Paradise). A man persists in speaking the truth till he is recorded with Allah as a truthful man. Falsehood leads to transgression and transgression leads to the Hell-fire. A man continues to speak falsehood till he is recorded with Allah as a great liar.'' [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Suspicion

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, "Beware of suspicion, for suspicion is the worst of false tales.'' [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Humility

Iyad bin Himar (May Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, "Verily, Allah has revealed to me that you should adopt humility. So that no one may wrong another and no one may be disdainful and haughty towards another.'' [Muslim].

Adultery

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) said: The Prophet (PBUH) said, “…The Zina (Adultery)of the eye is the (lustful) look, the Zina of the ears is the listening (to voluptuous songs or talk), the Zina of the tongue is (the licentious) speech, the Zina of the hand is the (lustful) grip, the Zina of the feet is the walking (to the place where he intends to commit Zina), the heart yearns and desires and the private parts approve all that or disapprove it.''
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Note: Zina = Adultery

Obscenity

Ibn Mas`ud (May Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, "A true believer does not taunt or curse or abuse or talk indecently.'' [At-Tirmidhi].