Be Good, Even to Those Who Aren’t Good to You

أَدِّ الأَمَانَةَ إِلَى مَنِ ائْتَمَنَكَ ، وَلا تَخُنْ مَنْ خَانَكَ

“Fulfill your promise towards the one who entrusted you, but don’t betray the one who betrayed you.” – Prophet ‪#‎Muhammad‬

Some brief thoughts on this hadith:

– Hadith is narrated by Abu Huraira, reported in AlJami, authenticated by Sh Al-Albani
– Good treatment extends to all, especially if they are good to you
– True mark of character is to extend good treatment towards the one who is hostile towards you
– Fulfillment of promises is a hallmark of the believer, whereas betrayal is the hallmark of the hypocrite

مَنْ خَرَجَ مِنْ بَيْتِهِ مُتَطَهِّرًا إِلَى صَلَاةٍ مَكْتُوبَةٍ فَأَجْرُهُ كَأَجْرِ الْحَاجِّ الْمُحْرِمِ
The one who leaves his house – in a state of wudu – to the masjid for an obligatory prayer, his reward is like the one who performs Hajj.

– Prophet Muhammad, reported by Abu Dawood

Sins Falling Like Leaves


This is a very beautiful hadith.

عَنْ أَنَسٍ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ، أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ مَرَّ بِشَجَرَةٍ يَابِسَةِ الْوَرَقِ فَضَرَبَهَا بِعَصَاهُ فَتَنَاثَرَ الْوَرَقُ فَقَالَ:

“إِنَّ الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ وَسُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ وَلَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ وَاللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ لَتُسَاقِطُ مِنْ ذُنُوبِ الْعَبْدِ كَمَا تَسَاقَطَ وَرَقُ هَذِهِ الشَّجَرَةِ”.

أخرجه الترمذى (5/544 ، رقم 3533) ، وحسَّنه الألباني في “التعليق الرغيب” (2 / 249).

It is narrated by Anas [RA] that the Prophet of Allah صلى الله عليه و سلم passed by a tree whose leaves were dry. He hit the tree with his stick and the leaves of the tree scattered. He said,

Alhamdulillah, Subhan Allah, La ilaha il-lal-laahu, and Allahu Akbar – without a shadow of a doubt – drop from the sins of the slave of Allah like the leaves of this tree dropped”.

[Reported by Tirmidhi and graded acceptable by Al-Albani]


الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ – Alhamdulillah – All praises are for Allah.

سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ – Subhan Allah – Allah is far removed and above of any and every deficiency.

لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ – La ilaha il-lal-laahu – There is no deity/object worthy of worship except Allah.

اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ – Allahu Akbar – Allah is the greatest.


– Just like the hitting of the tree caused leaves to fall, utterance of the aforementioned words cause sins to fall.

– The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم used a fabulous example to illustrate his point that was clear, vivid and easy to remember. This is the kind of examples we should also use to communicate our points clearly and effectively. Truly, he was the best of teachers صلى الله عليه و سلم.

The Fitrah: Children are Born Believers in God


I stumbled upon this interesting research piece from a Dr Justin Barrett (a senior researcher at the University of Oxford’s Centre for Anthropology and Mind). The piece talked about how children are born believers in God. Here’s an excerpt:

[Dr Justin Barrett] says that young children have faith even when they have not been taught about it by family or at school, and argues that even those raised alone on a desert island would come to believe in God.

“The preponderance of scientific evidence for the past 10 years or so has shown that a lot more seems to be built into the natural development of children’s minds than we once thought, including a predisposition to see the natural world as designed and purposeful and that some kind of intelligent being is behind that purpose,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

“If we threw a handful on an island and they raised themselves I think they would believe in God.”

Source – The Telegraph

The Prophet has informed us about this predisposition that Dr. Barrett talks about when he said, “Each child is born in a state of Fitrah (natural predisposition of believing in God), then his parents make him a Jew, Christian or a Zoroastrian…” (Bukhari and Muslim). The birth of a child upon the fitrah doesn’t mean that he/she is born Muslim; it only means that they have the natural inclination to believe in God. Whether the child chooses to nurture his/her fitrah and worship God alone is something that he/she decides – and this decision is clearly influenced by the parents as the hadith mentions.

Another related passage from the Quran (Surah Araf, chapter 7) that provides the definitive reasons why children are born knowing about God:

And remember when your Lord brought forth from the Children of Adam, from their loins, their seed and made them testify as to themselves saying: “Am I not your Lord?” They said: “Yes! We testify,” lest you should say on the Day of Resurrection: “Verily, we have been unaware of this.” (172)

Or lest you should say: “It was only our fathers afortime who took others as partners in worship along with Allah, and we were (merely their) descendants after them; will You then destroy us because of the deeds of men who practised polytheism?” (173)

The reason why the children are born knowing about God is so that they don’t make excuses on the Day of Judgement that they never knew about God, or that they were raised as disbelievers in God by their parents. When each child is programmed with the belief in God by default, these excuses get thrown out the window.

Are you going to be making excuses when the time comes?