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Wisdom of the Prophet

A Harvest of Charity

The Prophet (pbuh) said, "If any Muslim plants a tree or sows a crop, and then a bird, a human being, or an animal eats of it, then it is a sacred charity to his credit."


The Prophet (pbuh) said, "A Muslim is brother to a Muslim; let one not oppress another or betray him. And whoever sees to the need of his brother, Allah sees to his need. And whoever relieves a Muslim from distress will be relieved by Allah from distress on the Day of Resurrection. And whoever protects a Muslim will be protected by Allah on the Day of Resurrection."

Every Living Being

The Prophet (pbuh) related, "While a man was walking, he became extremely thirsty, so he went down into a well and drank from it. Then he came out, only to find a panting dog eating moist earth in its thirst. The man said, 'The same thing has happened to this creature as happened to me.' So he filled his shoe, climbed out holding it in his teeth, and thus gave the dog water to drink. Then Allah thanked the man and forgave him." The people asked, "O Messenger of God, are we rewarded for our treatment of animals?" And the Prophet said, "There is a reward for your treatment of every living thing."


The Prophet (pbuh) said, "Be prompt with funerals, because if the deceased was righteous, then you are sending them on to good; and if they were bad, then you are getting evil off your necks."


The Prophet (pbuh) said, "One who reconciles people by attributing good or saying something good is not a liar."


The Prophet (pbuh) said, "A hypocrite has three distinguishing signs; first when he speaks, he tells a lie; second when he makes a promise, he breaks it; and third when something is entrusted to him, he misappropriates it."

A Time Is Coming

The Prophet (pbuh) said, "A time is coming to humankind when the individual does not care whether his gains are ethical or ill-gotten."


The Prophet (pbuh) said, "Charity does not diminish wealth: Allah enhances the honor of one who forgives, and one who humbles himself for the sake of Allah, Allah exalts him in rank."

Virtue and Sin

The Prophet (pbuh) said, "Virtue is good conduct, and sin fills your mind with guilt and makes you fear that other people know your sins."

Truth and Lie

The Prophet (pbuh) said, "You must speak the truth for the truth leads to virtue and virtue leads to Paradise. A man who always speaks the truth and means the truth, is recorded as truthful with Allah. Keep away from the lie for the lie leads to evil and evil leads to the Hell fire and a man who continually tells a lie and intends to lie is recorded with Allah as a liar."

Good Neighbor

The Prophet (pbuh) said, "Gabriel advised me to do good to the neighbor to the point I almost thought he would eventually advise me to make my neighbor my heir."


The Prophet (pbuh) said, "Avoid suspicion, for suspicion is the greatest lie. Do not be inquisitive about one another, or spy one another. Do not outbid one another with a view of raising the price. Do not feel jealous and do not hold grudges against one another. Do not backbite, but be the servants of Allah like brothers amongst yourselves."

Unequal Justice

The Prophet (pbuh) said, "What destroyed those before you was that whenever an aristocrat among them stole, they would let him be, but when one of the powerless among them stole, they would inflict the legal punishment on him."

Something Evil

The Prophet (pbuh) said, "Anybody amongst you who notices something evil should correct with his own hands. If he is unable to do so, he should correct with his tongue. If he is unable to do this, he should at least consider it as bad in his heart for this is the lowest degree of faith."

A Gubernatorial Mandate

When the Prophet (pbuh) sent two representatives to govern Yemen he told them, "Bring ease, not hardship. Bring good news, not horror. And cooperate willingly with each other."

The Behavior of Believers

The Prophet (pbuh) said, "Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day should not wrong his neighbor. And whoever believes in Allah, and the Last Day should treat his guest generously. And whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day should speak of good or keep silent."


The Prophet (pbuh) said, "A man adopts a way of life according to that of his friend, so one should be careful about whom he chooses to be friends with."


The Prophet (pbuh) said, "God Most High says, 'Fasting is for Me, and I reward it, for one leaves one's desire, food, and drink on My account; so fasting is a protective shield. And one who fasts has two joys: joy upon breaking the fast and joy on meeting God.'"


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