I bought the book many years ago, using the statements and have memorised certain sayings, such is the ease of the book. Below are my favourite ten ahadith from In the Prophet's Garden.
The paperback book is 118 pages of Prophetic sayings and fewer Quranic verses (ayaat). With a total of 29 chapters, topics include personal worship, good deeds, kindness to next of kin, leadership, table manners, contentment, anger and honesty. A preface by the authors is followed by an informative introduction. (Abridged)
What is a Hadith?
In the Arabic language, the word hadith (plural ahadith, or hadiths) means 'news'; it also means 'saying, report, speech or story'. In the context of Islam, when we speak of hadith we mean the Prophet Muhammad's sayings, peace be upon him, his deeds, advice and the actions approves in his presence, as recorded by his Companions.
Ahadith are sometimes referred to as traditions. A related word is Sunnah, which means 'way of life'. It is used to mean the Way of the Prophet. We learn about his Sunnah from ahadith, as well as from the customs and rulings of his pious Companions, who modelled their lives after his.
Why are Ahadith important?
After the Qur'an itself - God's Last Testament and revelation to mankind - the Sunnah is the second source of Islam. The Qur'an lays down basic principles, while the Sunnah clarifies those principles and explains how to put them into practice.
For instance, Allah states in the Qur'an that Muslims must pray, give charity, fast and make pilgrimage, but the details of how to fulfil those essential obligations were taught by Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. It would be impossible to practice Islam correctly without knowledge of the Prophet's Sunnah.
Who was Prophet Muhammad?
"My likeness in relation to the Prophets who came before me is that of a man who built a house, and made it fine and lovely, except that one brick in its corner was missing. The people went around and wondered at its beauty, but said: 'If only that brick were put in its place!' I am that brick, and I am the seal of the Prophets." (Bukhari)Personal Prayer (Du`a')
"No one should pray saying, 'O Allah, forgive me if You will, have mercy on me if You will,' but he should ask with full confidence, for (in any case) no one can force Him." (Bukhari, Muslim)Paradise and Hell
"Paradise is nearer to you than the tip of your sandals, and so is Hellfire." (Bukhari)Repentance
"All Children of Adam are prone to make mistakes, but the best of those who do wrong as those who constantly repent." (Ibn Majah, Tirmidhi)Knowledge
"Acquire knowledge, and teach it to people; learn your religious obligations and teach them to people; learn the Qur'an and teach it to people." (Darimi)Environment and Animal Treatment
"The world is green and delightful, and Allah has put you in charge of it and is watching how you behave." (Muslim)Good Character
"Make things easy for people and do not make them difficult, and cheer people up and do not put them off (by your behaviour)." (Bukhari, Muslim)Things to Guard Against
"Eat together and do not separate, for the blessing is in companionship." (Ibn Majah)
"Do not spy on one another..." La tajassa su (Bukhari)
"There are only two (kinds of) people worthy envying: someone whom Allah has made rich and who spends his money righteously; and someone whom Allah has given wisdom (the Qur'an) and who acts according to it, and teaches it." (Bukhari).
In the Prophet's Garden is available through Kitaabun for £8.95 (correct at time of publishing).
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