Branches of Imaan

Jihad, Understanding Jihad (The Mujahid's Guide) / Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

There are more than 70 branches of Imaan in the Revered Ahaadeeth of Allah’s  Last Rasool SallalLahu-`alayhi Wasallam. They were collected and compiled by  Imam Baihaqi (RahimahulLahu) in his book of the Revered Ahadeeth Sh’ubul Imaan in detail.

We present to the Mujahideen a list of these Seventy Branches of Imaan in brief. So they could start acting upon each of them, which will enhance and strengthen their Imaan. Some of the 70 branches are those without which one cannot become a Muslim, while other branches relate to the completion of Imaan and the enhancement of Imaan.

One should read each of them separately and deliberate upon each of them individually, to ascertain which of the branches of faith is blossoming within himself and which of the branches has not taken root within himself.

1. Proclamation, and attestation of Laa Ilaha Il-lul-Lah “There is None to be  Worshipped but Allah”.

2. Affirmation and attestation of all the Nabees and the Rasools.

3. Belief in all Angels.

4. Belief in all the Holy Scriptures revealed by Allah Ta`ala to His Nabees and Rasools.

5. Belief in the Taqdeer whether beneficial or harmful, is by the decree of Allah Ta`ala alone.

6. Belief in the Day of Judgement.

7. Belief in the life after death.

8. The Daily Five Salaat (prayers) are compulsory and obligatory.

9. Zakaat is compulsory and obligatory.

10. Fasting of the month of Ramadhan is compulsory and obligatory.

11. The Hajj is compulsory and obligatory.

12. The Jihad in the path of Allah Ta`ala.

13. Rising from the grave Alive and accounting for one’s deeds in front of Allah Ta`ala (resurrection and the Judgement).

14. The Jannat is designated for the Mu’mineen and the Jahannam is designated for the Kafirs.

15. Love of Allah Ta`ala is Wajib .

16. Fear and apprehension of Allah Ta`ala is obligatory.

17. Always to be hopeful of Allah’s blessings.

18. Keeping trust and dependency upon Allah Ta`ala.

19. Love and affection for Allah’s Last Rasool SallalLahu-`alayhi Wasallam is WAJIB.

20. Deference and total respect for Allah’s Last Rasool SallalLahu-`alayhi Wasallam is Wajib.

21. To value the Deen above everything else.

22. Learning the Deen (acquiring the teachings of Islam).

23. Propagation and preaching of the Teachings of Islam and spreading it among the populace.

24. Deference and Respect of the Holy Quraan.

25. Cleanliness and purification as stated in the teaching of Islam is necessary .

26. I’etikaf.

27. Protection and keeping guard of the frontiers of Islamic domains.

28. To stand fast during the battle against the enemy and not to abscond.

29. To hand over the 1/5 of the spoil of war to Muslim Authority.

30. To free slave.

31. To fulfil atonements.

32. To fulfil promises and agreements.

33. To be grateful to Allah Ta`ala.

34. To refrain from useless and demeaning conversations.

35. To hand back all the things deposited on trust.

36. Killing people without any right is forbidden.

37. To protect the private parts.

38. To avoid obtaining materials belonging to someone else by wrongful and improper means.

39. To consume Halaal food and drink only.

40. Silken clothes for men and utensils made of gold and silver are forbidden.

41. Games and amusements are contrary to the Revered Sharee’ah, they are Haraam.

42. Balance expenditure (avoiding wastefulness and miserliness).

43. To avoid Jealousy and hatred.

44. To protect the honour, dignity and chastity of others.

45. To perform all the deed exclusively for Allah Ta`ala alone and to refrain from Hypocrisy and pretences.

46. To be joyful upon virtuous deeds and to be sorrowful upon sinful acts.

47. To repent, to renounce, to adjure from sinful acts and deeds.

48. To offer Qurbani (Sacrifices) on the occasions of the ‘Eid ul Adha, the ‘Aqeeqah and the Sadaqaat.

49. To obey the commands of Ulil Amr.

50. To be part and parcel of the Ummah and to avoid being remaining aloof from the Ummah.

51. Justice and fairness to be practised in adjudication.

52. Amr Bil M’aroof wa Al nahyi ‘Anil Munkar.

53. To assist in the virtuous and pious deeds.

54. To be bashful and to refrain from being impudent and shameless.

55. To treat the parents properly, with respect, affection, and compliance.

56. To maintain links with the relatives, and not to abandon them.

57. To possess and maintain good manners and affability.

58. The owner/proprietor should treat their slaves/servants with due consideration.

59. The slaves/servants should treat their master/proprietor properly and with due consideration.

60. To fulfil responsibilities towards offspring.

61. To feel compassion, tenderness, and close link towards other Muslim brothers.

62. To return the Salaam.

63. To pay a visit to those who are unwell and ill.

64. To attend the Salaat ul Janazah of the Muslims.

65. To reply the prayer of those who sneeze.

66. To keep away from non-believers and evil doers.

67. To respect the neighbours.

68. To honour the guests.

69. To show discretion upon someone’s personal act of sin.

70. To persevere the hardship and difficulties

71. To practise Zuhud.

72. Ghairat.

73. To refrain from any useless and timewasting acts.

74. To be generous.

75. To be kind to the young and to be respectful to the elders.

76. To mediate between Muslims in dispute.

77. To choose for your Muslim brother the same thing which you would choose for yourself.

May Allah Ta`ala help us, in our firm belief in them and in fulfilling the above articles of Imaan. Aameen thumma Aameen.

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