The Arabic word ‘hadith’ means a ‘spoken word’ or a ‘saying’. In the Islamic context, it refers to the recorded sayings of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). The books in which these are compiled are called ‘hadith books’.
There are six popular collections of authentic hadith. These are the Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Dawud, Nisai, Tirmidhi and Ibn Maja collections. Among these the Bukhari and Muslim collections have a special place because of the tough criteria that they have applied to objectively prove a narrative to be authentic. For example, for Bukhari to accept a narrative as authentic, there had to be evidence that consecutive people on the chain of the narration have lived at the same time period and that they have seen one another.
This was one among the 10 criteria he applied. There are over 9,000 narrations when all six collections are combined, not counting the repetitions. Considering that this selection is done from a pool of more than 100,000 narrations, Muslims have a high level of trust in their authenticity.
In this section, we have provided you with a compilation of 40 different hadith titles translated in English with references of the hadith also noted.
Whosoever pleases to be protected by Allah against the trouble of the Day of Judgment, let him alleviate (the lot of) a needy person or write off the debt thereof.
Müslim, Kasame: 32
There is no man who visits a sick person early in the morning but seventy thousand angels send blessings upon him until evening comes, and he will have a garden in Paradise. If he visits him in the evening, seventy thousand angels send blessings upon him until morning comes, and he will have a garden in Paradise.
Ebu Davud, Cenaiz: 7
Tirmizi, Cenaiz: 2
Allah has made mercy out of one hundred parts. He kept ninety nine for Himself and sent one down to Earth. By means of this remaining one part, all of creation shows mercy to one another, even unto the mare who raises her hoof rather than trample her colt.
Bukhari, Adab: 19
Tirmizi, Da’awat: 107
You see the believers as regards their being merciful among themselves and showing love among themselves and being kind, resembling one body, so that, if any part of the body is not well then the whole body shares the sleeplessness (insomnia) and fever with it.
Buhârî, Edeb: 27
Müslim, Birr: 66
The best home among the Muslims is the one that treats an orphan well. The worst home among Muslims is the one that treats an orphan poorly.
Ibn-i Maja, Adab: 6
He who relieves a hardship of this world for a believer, Allah will relieve a hardship of the Day of Resurrection for him; he who makes it easy for an indebted person, Allah will make it easy for him in this world and the Hereafter; he who covers a Muslim (his mistakes and shortcomings), Allah will cover him in the World and the Hereafter; Allah will be in a person’s need, as long as he is in his brother’s need.
Tirmizi, Birr: 19
One who believes in Allah and the Last Day should do good unto guests. One who believes in Allah and the Last Day should do good unto neighbours. One who believes in Allah and the Last Day should say something good, if not keep silent.
Buhari, Edeb: 31
Müslim, İman: 74
Whoever is deprived of kindness, is deprived of all goodness.
Muslim, Birr: 75
One who shows no mercy to our young or who cannot acknowledge the rights of our old is not one of us.
Tirmizi, Birr: 15
If anyone possesses these three characteristics Allah will give him an easy death and bring him into His Paradise: gentleness towards the weak, affection towards parents, and kindness to slaves.
Tirmizi, Kıyamet: 49
A tough person is not one who can fight. A tough person is one who can control himself when he is angry.
Bukhari, Adab: 76
Muslim, Birr: 107
While a man was walking, he grew very thirsty. He saw a well, went over to it, and drank some water. When the finished, he went back to the path and saw a dog panting and eating dirt. The man said to himself, ‘That dog is as desperately thirsty as I was myself only a short time ago.’ So he went back to the well, drew up some more water, and filled his shoe with it. He carried the shoe up to the dogs mouth so the dog can drink it. Allah was appreciative and forgave him.
Bukhari, Adab: 27
Muslim, Salam: 153
Allah Almighty shows His mercy only to the merciful. Be merciful to those on the Earth, so that those on the Heavens will be merciful to you.
Tirmizi, Birr 16
Ebu Davud, Edeb 66
I am sent as a mercy, not as a curse on humanity.
Muslim, Birr: 87
Any young person who is kind to an elderly because of his age, Allah will send him someone who will be kind to him when he becomes old.
Tirmizi, Birr: 75
There is none amongst the Muslims who plants a tree or sows seeds, and then a bird, or a person or an animal eats from it, but is regarded as a charitable gift for him.
Müslim, Musâkat: 12
Of the dinar (money) you spend as a contribution in Allah’s path, or to set free a slave, or as a sadaqa (tithe) given to a needy, or to support your family, the one yielding the greatest reward is that which you spent on your family.
Müslim, Zekat: 39
Protect yourselves from the Fire, even if with one half of a date and he who hasn’t got even this, (should do so) by (saying) a good, pleasant word.
Buhari, Rikak 49
Müslim, Zekat 67
Volume 8, Book 76, Number 548
If you were not to commit sins, Allah would have swept you out of existence and would have replaced you by other people who would have committed sin, and then asked forgiveness from Allah, and He would have granted them pardon.
Müslim, Tevbe: 9
Tirmizi, Da’avat: 105
Jibril, upon him be peace, continued telling me about how important it is to do good towards one’s neighbours until I thought he was going to tell me that they have a share in one’s inheritence as well.
Bukhari, Adab: 28
Muslim, Birr: 140
A person who has three daughters, or sisters, or two sisters or two daughters and does good to them and cares and provides for them, and assists in their marriage, will enter Paradise.
Abu Davud, Adab: 130
Tirmizi, Birr: 13
A believer is not a fault-finder and is not abusive, obscene, or coarse.
Tirmizî, Birr: 48
He who sees either of his parents during their old age or he sees both of them, but he does not enter Paradise, let him be humbled into dust; let him be humbled into dust; let him be humbled into dust.
Müslim, Birr 9
Tirmizi, Daavat 110
Allah, the Blessed and Exalted, said: ‘My love is obliged for those who love each other in Me, and those who sit with each other in Me, and those who visit each other in Me, and those who give to each other generously in Me.’
Muvatta, Şi’r 16
The finest act of goodness is the kind treatment of a person to the loved ones of his father after his death.
Müslim, Birr 11
Tirmizi, Birr 5
The one who looks after and works for a widow and for a poor person, is like a warrior fighting for Allah’s Cause or like a person who fasts during the day and prays all the night.
Buhari, Edeb 25
Tirmizi, Birr 44
Volume 8, Book 73, Number 35
Don’t consider anything insignificant out of good things even if it is that you meet your brother with a cheerful countenance.
Müslim, Birr: 144
Administering of justice between two men is also a Sadaqa. And assisting a man to ride upon his beast, or helping him load his luggage upon it, is a Sadaqa; and a good word is a Sadaqa; and every step that you take towards prayer is a Sadaqa, and removing of harmful things from the pathway is a Sadaqa.
Buhari, Sulh 33
Müslim, Zekat 56
Verily, your servants are your supervisors and brothers whom Allah has placed in your hands. Whoever has a brother in his hands, let him feed him from the food that he eats, and let him clothe him with the clothes he wears. Never give them more to do than they are capable of doing. If you ever do so, then help them do it.
Bukhari, Adab: 44
Muslim, Ayman: 40
The most perfect believer in the matter of faith is one who has excellent manners; and the best among you are those who behave best towards their wives.
İbn-i Mâce, Nikâh 50
Dârimî, Nikâh 55
Be kind, for whenever kindness becomes a part of something, it beautifies it; whenever it is taken from something, it leaves it tarnished.
Muslim, Birr: 78
Abu Davud, Adab: 11
None of you will have faith till he wishes for his (Muslim) brother what he likes for himself.
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Müslim, İman: 71
Fear Allah wherever you are, and follow up a bad deed with a good one and it will wipe it out, and behave well towards people.
Tirmizî, Birr: 55
Do not spread hatred or envy among yourselves and do not conspire. Rather, O Slaves of Allah, be brothers. No Muslim may disassociate himself from his brother for more than three days.
Bukhari, Adab: 57-58
Those who show no mercy to others will have no mercy shown to them by Allah.
Muslim, Fadail: 66
Tirmizi, Birr: 16
Make things simple and do not complicate them. Calm people and do not drive them away.
Bukhari, Ilm: 12
Muslim, Jihad: 6
A believer to another believer is like a wall of bricks supporting each other.
Nesai, Zekat: 66
If someone seeks refuge in Allah, give him refuge. If someone asks in the name of Allah, give him something. If someone does you a favor, repay him. If you cannot find anything with which to repay him, then pray for him so that he knows that you appreciate what he has done for you.
Nasai, Zakah: 72
Abu Davud, Zakah: 38
Both the good and the bad deeds of my ummah were shown to me. I discovered that the removal of hazards from public ways was among their good deeds, and that spitting in their mosques was among their evil deeds.
Muslim, Masajid: 57
Ibn Maja, Adab: 7
Verily, Allah commits your mothers to your charge. And then, Allah commits your mothers to your charge. And then Allah commits your fathers to your charge. And then Allah commits your relatives to your charge.
Adab Al-Mufrad, 60