Teachings of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.)

Miscellaneous Hadith

On the authority of Abu Huraira (R.A.A.) who said: The Prophet (PBUH), said: "Look upon one who is below you in status. In this way you will not look down upon the grace of that God bestowed upon you." (Bukhari and Muslim)

Note: The messages of this Hadith are:

1. Count your Blessings.

2. Compare yourself with people who have less than you, rather than those who have more. This is the best way to be happy, and to appreciate what God has done for you.

On the authority of Abu Abbas Sahl Bin Sa'ad Al-Sa'idi (R.A.A.) who said: 'A man came to the Prophet (PBUH) and requested him: "Messenger of God (PBUH), tell me something by which I could win the love of The Almighty and the people." The Prophet told him, "Do not love the world, and The Almighty will love you; and do not have a longing for that which people have, and they will love you."' (Ibn-Majah)

Note: Do not love the world means: Do not love the materials in this world. Don't be anxious to have money, properties, fame, leadership, etc. Just live a simple life and God will love you.

On the authority of An-Nu'man bin Bashir (R.A.A.) who said: The messenger of God (PBUH) said: "The lawful is clear and the unlawful is clear, and between them are doubtful things, which are not known to most of the people. He who keeps away from the doubtful things protects his faith and honor; and he who indulges in doubtful acts, commits unlawful deeds." (Bukhari and Muslim)

Note: The main point of this hadith is "to stay on the safe side" because many times you will not know about certain things and will not be quite sure if they are right or wrong.

On the authority of Ibn 'Umar (R.A.A.) who said: The Messenger of God (PBUH) caught my shoulder and said: "Be in the world as if you are a stranger or a traveler." (Bukhari)

Note: The message of this Hadith is that life is a temporary state because we live for a few years and then we die. We should consider ourselves as strangers passing through and should not worry about acquiring material possessions and luxury.

On the authority of Anas Bin Malik (R.A.A.) who said: The Messenger of God (PBUH), said: "Three things follow a dead person: members, his belongings, and his deeds- The first two come back and the third remains with him." (Bukhari and Muslim)

Note: This Hadith explains that the three things that follow a person's funeral -- family members and deeds -- only a person's deeds will be able to help him in the next life. Good deeds will stay with him and be beneficial.


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