Hadith Perspective on Righteousness

Human beings, on a daily basis, battle with temptation and some of us loose. Although there are quite a number of people who fail the test, some tend to stay righteous and not give into temptation. Righteousness is not just about doing good deeds, but maintaining peace and kindness throughout one’s life. In other words, one should able to abstain from worldly pleasures such as fornication, drinking, backbiting and any other activity forbidden by Allah SWT.

Lets have a look at the hadith perspective of being righteous Enjoy!

On the authority of Abu Tha’laba, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, reported: I said, “O Messenger of Allah, tell me what is lawful and unlawful for me.” The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Righteousness is serenity in the soul and peace of mind in the heart. Sin is not serene in the soul and not satisfying to the heart, even if the judge (muftī) gives you approval.”

عن أبي ثعلبة قُلْتُ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ أَخْبِرْنِي بِمَا يَحِلُّ لِي وَيُحَرَّمُ عَلَيَّ فَقَالَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ الْبِرُّ مَا سَكَنَتْ إِلَيْهِ النَّفْسُ وَاطْمَأَنَّ إِ


Source: Musnad Aḥmad 17396


Authenticity: Sahih (authentic) according to Ibn Rajab


Ibn Mas’ud, may Allah be pleased with him, said, “Beware of what disturbs the hearts. If something unsettles your heart, then abandon it.”


Source: Jāmi’ al-‘Ulūm wal-Ḥikam 2/95


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