Advice of the Prophet

Companion of Prophet Muhammad , Khalid ibn El Waleed narrated the following:

A Bedouin came one day to the Prophet and said to him, "O, Messenger of God! I've come to ask you a few questions about the affairs of this life and the Hereafter. "

The Prophet responded Ask what you wish.

Bedouin: I'd like to be the most learned of men.
Prophet: Fear God, and you will be the most learned of men.

Bedouin: I wish to be the richest man in the world.
Prophet: Be contented, and you will be the richest man in the world.

Bedouin: I'd like to be the most just man.
Prophet: Desire for others what you desire for yourself, and you will be the most just of men.

Bedouin: I want to be the best of men.
Prophet: Do good to others and you will be the best of men.

Bedouin: I wish to be the most favored by God.
Prophet: Engage much in God's praise, and you will be most favored by Him.

Bedouin: I'd like to complete my faith.
Prophet: If you have good manners you will complete your faith.

Bedouin: I wish to be among those who do good.
Prophet: Adore God as if you see Him. If you don't see Him, Know that He sees you. In this way you will be among those who do good.

Bedouin: I wish to be obedient to God.
Prophet: If you observe God's commands you will be obedient.

Bedouin: I'd like to be free from all sins.
Prophet: Bathe yourself from impurity and you will be free from all sins.

Bedouin: I'd like to be raised on the Day of Judgment in the light.
Prophet: Don't wrong yourself or any other creature, and you will be raised on the Day of Judgment in the light.

Bedouin: I'd like God to bestow His mercy on me.
Prophet: If you have mercy on yourself and on others, God will grant you mercy on the Day of Judgment.

Bedouin: I'd like my sins to be very few.
Prophet: If you seek the forgiveness of God as much as you can, your sins will be very few.

Bedouin: I'd like to be the most honorable man.
Prophet: If you do not complain to any fellow creature, you will be the most honorable of men.

Bedouin: I'd like to be the strongest of men.
Prophet: If you put your trust in God, you will be the strongest of men.

Bedouin: I'd like to enlarge my provision.
Prophet: If you keep yourself pure, God will enlarge your provision.

Bedouin: I'd like to be loved by God and His messenger.
Prophet: If you love what God and His messenger love, you will be among their beloved ones.

Bedouin: I wish to be safe from God's wrath on the Day of Judgment.
Prophet: If you do not lose your temper with any of your fellow creatures, you will be safe from the wrath of God on the Day of Judgment.

Bedouin: I'd like my prayers to be responded.
Prophet: If you avoid forbidden actions your prayers will be responded.

Bedouin: I'd like God not to disgrace me on the Day of Judgment.
Prophet: If you guard your chastity, God will not disgrace you on the Day of Judgment.

Bedouin: I'd like God to provide me with a protective covering on the Day of Judgment.
Prophet: Do not uncover your fellow peoples faults, and God will provide you with a covering protection on the Day of Judgment.

Bedouin: What will save me from sins?
Prophet: Tears, humility and illness.

Bedouin: What are the best deeds in the eyes of God?
Prophet: Gentle manners, modesty and patience.

Bedouin: What are the worst evils in the eyes of God?
Prophet: Hot temper and miserliness.

Bedouin: What alleviates the wrath of God in this life and in the Hereafter?
Prophet: Concealed charity and kindness to relatives.

Bedouin: What extinguishes hell's fires on the Day of Judgment?
Prophet: Patience in adversity and misfortunes.

Imam El Mustaghfiri said: "I have never heard a tradition more comprehensive of the beauties of religion, and more beneficial than this hadith. It collects all the good things of Islam but not put to use." (Related by Imam Ibn Hambal)

NOTE: This is a widely quoted narration but according to some sources it does not have an "Isnad" (chain of narrators). Hadith scholars note that this is possibly a collection and compilation of the meanings of several well-known hadiths and reports.

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  27 Comments   Comment

  1. Rene Quijada from Canada

    SubhanaAllah!!!!SuabhanaAllah!!!!!!How wonderful the kind of treasures these golden advices enclose.....Alabado sea nuestro altisimo padre Allah..S.W.T.A.) Amin

  2. A K M Mohiuddin from Bangladesh

    SuhanAllah. What a Hadith! Is not this one Hadith enough to convince one that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was a genuine Messenger of Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala? What an amazing questioner!

  3. Babandi A. Gumel from U.K

    You are certainly upon a sublime Character ie Prophet Muhammad

    (S.A.W) as Allah mentioned in His Holy Book Al Quran.The Prophet

    was asked what good attribute has been given to man and he

    answered :Good conduct..Subhanallah what beautiful concise and

    brief answer .This is why He said in another Hadith I have been

    sent to perfect good conduct.Also He is reported to have said

    What will be heaviest in the Balance (on the the Day Judgement)

    He said it will be good conduct. Abu Huraira asked Rasululah

    What is good conduct ? He said Keep tie of relationship with one

    who cuts it off,forgive one who oppresses you,give (charity

    gift) to one who deprives you.Now who can do that only true

    believer who follows the teachings of our beloved Prophet of

    Islam based on justice can do these. May Allah give us taufiq to

    have the Akhalaq of the Prophet (S.A.W) who has perfect sublime

    Character as Allah Himself praised him but effort is

    required.They are attributes which will take people to Paradise

    mainly which of course included the God Fear and Good manners.SO

    we must be good examples for others to follow.

  4. Jil from United States

    If everyone on this earth followed these instructions, it would be paradise.

  5. Syed from USA

    It is subhanallah the best and may Allah reward for your good work and keep it up.


  6. Syed Shahzad Ali Tirmizi from USA

    I am so thankful to Allah Pak for bringing me into this world a Muslim, a day does not pass, unless, I thank Allah Pak for His beautiful Dunya we live & enjoy to the fullest. How unfortunate are those that cannot fathom the thought of being close to the Almight Allah Pak. One must enter with his/her whole heart in the remembrance of the AlMighty Allah Pak & he/she will find spiritual guidance from the AlMighty, Merciful & very kind Allah Pak. We all go through ups & downs in life, but if you sincerely, seek guidance, than seek from no other than the SOURCE (ALLAH PAK). I believe anyone can experience spiritual joy, so long as they involve Allah Pak. Saying beautiful things about Allah Pak takes the spirit to the highest level. May Allah Pak continue to give me guidance in becoming a better Muslim,always be kind & good to others. May Allah Pak guide & forgive us all Ameen.

  7. habib from afghanistan

    great , this is a very comprehensive hadith and also very motivitional one.

  8. Abu Adam from Hollan

    Salaam aleikoem

    |Its beautiful, Can I get the saying in arabic from you. I'd like to ponder it more.

    Djzak ALLAH Ghaira

    aleikoem salaam

  9. ummabrahman from us

    Concise and excellent narration. It's strike cord with me. Lately, i have been checking on a comprehensive yet summmary of my belief, now i got it. May Allah bless the one who put this up. Islamicity good job!

  10. Ibrahim Siddiq from Saudi Arabia

    This hadeeth and the advices in it should be

    disseminated throughout several phases of our

    lives. Firstly, it should be a mainstay in all

    Muslim curricula at the earliest levels. Since

    the age of distinction is suggested at 10 years

    old since that is when the child is expected to

    be more consistent with prayer, that might be a

    good first phase.

    Then the young Muslims entering puberty &

    adolescence should be reminded with more focus on

    their insight on the meanings of the advice in

    their lives as they try to determine if, what,

    and how they will practice their faith.

    Finally, we adults could stand a healthy dose of

    reminder of this wisdom to help us at times when

    we just plain forget.

    Allah guide us to practice of this faith as You

    intended us to practice it.

  11. Mir Mahboob Ali from Bangladesh

    I do not consider myself capable of commenting on Hadiths, however, I would take this opportunity to laud the effort of "Islamicity" as through it I have come to know of such a beautiful comprehensive hadith.

    My conviction that Islam provides all answers to a good life here and in hereafter has been greatly strengthened.

  12. Yakubu Usman from Nigeria

    Allahu akbar, The hadith has captured the very essence of Human existince on this temporal earth, the transition period and finally our soujourn to the permanent abode of the hereafter. May Allah grand us the grace to imbibe the teachings of this hadith so that we may be successful. (Amin)

  13. ahmad from canada

    I loved this narration, it touched me deeply. Truly, it's worthy of printing and pasting on a wall to look at each day to supplement very positive feelings towards one's life and afterlife. Inshallah.

    Thanks for the post, JazakumAllahuKhayr

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  15. Tears from USA


    "Allah The Greatest".

    Very spiritual an true.Thank you for this article.


  16. Naja'atu Abba Ahmed from Nigeria

    May ALLAH's Peace and Blessings be upon HIS noble Messenger Muhammad.

  17. Allyson from England

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  18. Babandi A. Gumel from USA

    If the Prophet were permitted to reappear today in Mecca or Medina he would be met by the Muslims with the same zeal and affection accorded to him during his earthly life.He would see with deep sense of pleasure that the Holy Book that he left remained unaltered,and it is chanted and recited exactly as he and his companions did.At the same time the Muslims continued to uphold the Unity of the Creator as taught by him not making him a god or son of a god (Nauzubillah) as others did and still doing.They try to uphold his teachings from cradle to grave.

  19. halima koko from nigeria

    thank you very much,may Allah(swa) reward you & may he put us on the right way.

  20. Eisa from Asia Pacific

    Masha'llah, may Allah reward you for dessiminating this knowledge to all the world.

  21. Dawud from nigeria

    What a noble advice from the noble prophet.May Allah SWT bless Muhammad SAW and his progeny.