Ramadan (Fasting) Reflections

Ramadan (Fasting) Reflections

 

On The Profound Teachings of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

Many people these days wonder what the teachings of Islam are; what better way to find out than to turn to the words of the Prophet Muhammad sall Allaahu`alayhi wa sallam, himself?

Following are 51 prophetic sayings to provide the reader with a glimpse of his teachings in every aspect of life:

1. Spirituality

The Prophet sall Allaahu`alayhi wa sallam said: ‘Wealth does not come from having great riches; (true) wealth is contentment of the soul.’ (Sahīh Bukhārī, Sahīh Muslim)

2. Cognizance

The Prophet sall Allaahu`alayhi wa sallam said: ‘The similitude of the one who contemplates his Lord versus the one who does not is that of the living versus the dead.’ (Sahīh Bukhārī, Sahīh Muslim)

3. Sincerity

The Prophet sall Allaahu`alayhi wa sallam said: ‘Actions will be judged according to their intentions.’ (Sahīh Bukhārī, Sahīh Muslim)

4. Mercy

The Prophet sall Allaahu`alayhi wa sallam said: ‘Show mercy to those on earth so that He who is in heaven will have mercy on you.’ (Sunan At-Tirmidhī)

5. Gentleness

The Prophet sall Allaahu`alayhi wa sallam said: ‘Whoever is deprived of gentleness is deprived of all good.’ (Sahīh Muslim)

6. Forgiveness

The Prophet sall Allaahu`alayhi wa sallam said: ‘Whoever suffers an injury done to him and forgives (the person responsible), Allah will raise his status to a higher degree and remove one of his sins.’ (Sunan At-Tirmidhī)

7. Virtue

The Prophet sall Allaahu`alayhi wa sallam said: ‘Do not be people without minds of your own, saying that if others treat you well you will treat them well, and that if they do wrong you will do wrong. Instead, accustom yourselves to do good if people do good and not to do wrong if they do evil.’ (Sunan At-Tirmidhī)

8. Justice

The Prophet sall Allaahu`alayhi wa sallam said: ‘The most virtuous jihād is when one speaks a word of truth before an unjust ruler.’ (Sunan Abī Dawūd, Sunan At-Tirmidhī, Sunan Ibn Mājah)

9. Civility

The Prophet sall Allaahu`alayhi wa sallam said: ‘The Muslim does not slander, curse, speak obscenely, or speak rudely.’ (Sunan At-Tirmidhī)

10. Honesty

The Prophet sall Allaahu`alayhi wa sallam said: ‘Honesty leads to righteousness and righteousness leads to Paradise. A man remains honest and concerned about honesty until he is recorded as an honest man with Allah. Lying leads to sinfulness and sinfulness leads to the Fire. A man keeps lying and remains partial to lies until he is recorded as a liar with Allah.’ (Sahīh Bukharī, Sahīh Muslim)

11. Tolerance

Once the Prophet sall Allaahu`alayhi wa sallam was seated at some place in Madinah, along with his Companions. During this time a funeral procession passed by. On seeing this, the Prophet stood up. One of his companions remarked that the funeral was that of a Jew. The Prophet replied, “Was he not a human being?” (Sahīh Bukhārī, Sahīh Muslim, Sunan An-Nasā’ī)

A disbelieving Bedouin urinated in the mosque, and the people rushed to beat him. Allah’s Apostle ordered them to leave him alone, let him finish and pour water over the place where he has passed urine. The Prophet then explained to the Bedouin calmly, “This is a place of worship, in it is the worship of God and the reading of Qur’an.” After the Bedouin had left, the Prophet then said to his companions, ” You have been sent to make things easy (for the people) and you have not been sent to make things difficult for them.” (Sahīh Bukhārī, Sahīh Muslim)

12. Equality

The Prophet sall Allaahu`alayhi wa sallam said: ‘There is no superiority for an Arab over a non-Arab, nor for a non-Arab over an Arab, nor for a fair-skinned person over a person with dark skin, nor for a dark-skinned person over a person with fair skin. Whoever is more pious and God-fearing is more deserving of honour.’ (Musnad Ahmad)

13. Gratitude

The Prophet sall Allaahu`alayhi wa sallam said: ‘Contemplate those who have less than you and not those who have more than you, lest you belittle the favors of Allah conferred upon you’. (Sahīh Bukhārī, Sahīh Muslim)

14. Simplicity

The Prophet sall Allaahu`alayhi wa sallam said: ‘What is little but sufficient is better than that which is abundant but causes heedlessness.’ (Sahīh Ibn Hibbān)

15. Humility

The Prophet sall Allaahu`alayhi wa sallam said: ‘God has revealed to me that you must be humble, so that no one oppresses another and boasts over another.’ (Sahīh Muslim, Sunan Abī Dawūd)

16. Generosity

The Prophet sall Allaahu`alayhi wa sallam said: ‘The food of two people is enough for three, and the food of three people is enough for four.’ (Sahīh Bukhārī, Sahīh Muslim)

17. Appreciation

The Prophet sall Allaahu`alayhi wa sallam said: ‘Whoever does not thank people (for their favors) has not thanked Allah (properly), Mighty and Glorious is He!’ (Musnad Ahmad, Sunan At-Tirmidhī)

18. Calmness

The Prophet sall Allaahu`alayhi wa sallam said: ‘Calmness and determination is from Allah and haste is from Satan.’ (Sunan At-Tirmidhī)

19. Patience

The Prophet sall Allaahu`alayhi wa sallam said: ‘No one can give a better or more abundant gift than patience.’ (Sahīh Bukhārī, Sahīh Muslim)

20. Perseverance

The Prophet sall Allaahu`alayhi wa sallam said: ‘There is no clement person who has not stumbled, nor is there no wise person who possesses no experience.’ (Sunan At-Tirmidhī, Mustadarak Al-Hākim)

21. Non-judgemental

The Prophet sall Allaahu`alayhi wa sallam said: ‘Do not search for (the faults of others), for if anyone searches for (others) faults, God will search for his.’ (Sunan Abī Dawūd)

22. Self-critical

The Prophet sall Allaahu`alayhi wa sallam said: ‘Blessed is he who preoccupies himself with his own defects, rather than those of others.’ (Musnad Al-Bazzār)

23. Advice

The Prophet sall Allaahu`alayhi wa sallam said: ‘Make things easy (for people) and do not make them difficult, and cheer people up and do not drive them away.’ (Sahīh Bukhārī, Sahīh Muslim)

24. Moderation

The Prophet sall Allaahu`alayhi wa sallam said: ‘The religion (of Islam) is easy. No one ever made it difficult without it becoming too much for him. So avoid extremes and strike a balance, do the best you can and be cheerful, and seek Allah’s help (through prayer) in the morning, and evening, and part of the night.’ (Sahīh Bukhārī)

25. Charity

The Prophet sall Allaahu`alayhi wa sallam said: ‘Charity (sadaqah) is due upon every joint of a person on every day that the sun rises. Administering justice between two people is an act of charity; and to help a man concerning his riding beast by helping him on to it or lifting his luggage on to it is an act of charity; a good word is charity; and every step which you take to prayer is charity; and removing that which is harmful from the road is charity.’ (Sahīh Bukhārī)

26. Community

The Prophet sall Allaahu`alayhi wa sallam said: ‘The believer is not the one who eats his fill when the neighbour beside him is hungry.’ (Sunan Al-Bayhaqī)

27. Affability

The Prophet sall Allaahu`alayhi wa sallam said: ‘The believer is one who is sociable [with others], and there is no benefit in one who is not sociable [with others] nor in one who is not met sociably [by them].’ (Mustadarak Al-Hākim, Shu’ab al-Īmān Al-Bayhaqī)

28. Business Ethics

The Prophet sall Allaahu`alayhi wa sallam said: ‘A truthful and trustworthy merchant will be in the company of the prophets, the very truthful, and the martyrs.’ (Sunan At-Tirmidhī, Sunan Ad-Dārimī, Sunan Ad-Dāraqutnī)

29. Employment

The Prophet sall Allaahu`alayhi wa sallam said: ‘Pay the laborer his due before his sweat dries.’ (Sunan Ibn Mājah)

30. Leadership

The Prophet sall Allaahu`alayhi wa sallam said: ‘On a journey, the leader of the group is their servant.’ (Sunan Ibn Mājah, Shu’ab Al-Īmān Al-Bayhaqī)

31. Reliability

The Prophet sall Allaahu`alayhi wa sallam said: ‘He who does not keep his trusts lacks in faith and he who does not keep his agreements lacks in religion’. (Shu’ab Al-Īmān Al-Bayhaqī)

32. Accountability

The Prophet sall Allaahu`alayhi wa sallam said: ‘The burden of proof is upon the plaintiff and the taking of oath is upon the defendant.’ (Sunan Al-Bayhaqī)

33.Responsibility

The Prophet sall Allaahu`alayhi wa sallam said: ‘Each one of you is a guardian and is responsible for what he is entrusted with.’ (Sahīh Bukhārī, Sahīh Muslim)

34. Morality

The Prophet sall Allaahu`alayhi wa sallam said: ‘The most perfect of the believers in faith are the best of them in moral excellence, and the best of you are the kindest to their wives. (Sunan At-Tirmidhī)

35. Nobility

The Prophet sall Allaahu`alayhi wa sallam said: ‘None but a noble man treats women in an honorable manner, and none but an ignoble treats women disgracefully.’ (Sunan At-Tirmidhī)

36. Unity

The Prophet sall Allaahu`alayhi wa sallam said: ‘Believers are like a single person; if his eye is in pain his whole body pains, and if his head is in pain his whole body pains.’ (Sahīh Muslim)

37. Family

The Prophet sall Allaahu`alayhi wa sallam said: ‘The best of you is the one who is best to his own family, and I am the best of you towards my family.’ (Sunan At-Tirmidhī, Sunan Ibn Mājah)

The Prophet said: ‘He is not one of us who does not show mercy to our little ones and respect to our elders.’ (Sunan At-Tirmidhī)

38. Efficiency

The Prophet sall Allaahu`alayhi wa sallam said: ‘There are two blessings that many people fail to make the most of: good health and free time.’ (Sahīh Bukhārī)

39. Education

The Prophet sall Allaahu`alayhi wa sallam said: ‘Seeking knowledge is a religious obligation for every Muslim (male or female).’ (Sunan Ibn Mājah, Sunan Al-Bayhaqī)

40. Inquiry

The Prophet sall Allaahu`alayhi wa sallam said: ‘The cure for ignorance is to question.’ (Sunan Abī Dawūd)

41. Vigilance

The Prophet sall Allaahu`alayhi wa sallam said: ‘A believer is not stung from the same hole twice.’ (Sahīh Bukhārī, Sahīh Muslim)

42. Discipline

The Prophet sall Allaahu`alayhi wa sallam said: ‘The wise one is he who has subdued his lower self and has prepared for what follows death. And the foolish one is he who has placed his lower self in pursuance of its desires and has vain hopes about Allah.’ (Sunan At-Tirmidhī, Sunan Ibn Mājah)

43. Modesty

The Prophet sall Allaahu`alayhi wa sallam said: ‘Modesty is part of faith.’ (Sahīh Muslim)

44. Beauty

The Prophet sall Allaahu`alayhi wa sallam said: ‘Allah is beautiful and loves beauty.’ (Sahīh Muslim)

45. Hygiene

The Prophet sall Allaahu`alayhi wa sallam said: ‘Purity and cleanliness is part of faith.’ (Sahīh Muslim)

46. Diet

The Prophet sall Allaahu`alayhi wa sallam said: ‘There is no vessel worse for the son of Adam to fill than his stomach. A few morsels are sufficient for him. If he is to consume more then a third is for his food, a third for his drink, and a third for air.’ (Sunan At-Tirmidhī, Sunan Ibn Mājah)

47. Nature

The Prophet sall Allaahu`alayhi wa sallam said: ‘If a Muslim plants a seedling or cultivates a field, whenever a bird a human or an animal eats of it, it will be counted as a charity for him.’ (Sahīh Muslim)

48. Animals

The Prophet sall Allaahu`alayhi wa sallam said: ‘Anyone who kills even a sparrow for no reason (should know that) it will cry alound to Allah on the Day of the Resurrection, saying, “O my Lord! So-and-so killed me just for fun; he killed me for no reason!” ‘ (Sunan An-Nasā’ī)

A’isha radhiallaahu`anha said: ‘I was once riding a difficult (slow-moving) camel, so I kept hitting it. When the Prophet saw me, he said: ‘Be gentle, for gentleness adorns everything in which it is found, and its absence leaves everything tainted.’ (Musnad Ahmad)

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Is there any other leader who has blessed his followers with guidance and teachings so comprehensive and profound?

This is why we love our Prophet, Muhammad, may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.

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