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Hadith & Seerah, The Teachings of the Holy Prophet, The Ways of the Prophet (SAWS) / Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Abu Hurairah (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated: The Messenger of ALLAH said: ISLAM is that you worship ALLAH alone, attribute no partners to Him, perform Salaah regularly, pay Zakat, fast during the month of Ramadhan, perform Hajj, enjoin people to do good and forbid evil, say AssalamoAlaikum to your family members when you enter your home. One who does not do any of these things then he follows Islam deficiently and one who abandons all these things, he has turned his back on Islam. [Hakam, Tarju man-us-Sunnah]

Hadrat Talha bin Ubaidullah (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated: A man belonging to the region of Najd and having disheveled hair advanced towards the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) saying some thing which we could not make out clearly (perhaps owing to distance) until he came very near to the Messenger of ALLAH. Then he said, ‘Tell me about specific commands of Islam which are obligatory for me as a Muslim and for every other Muslim to carry out.’ The Messenger of ALLAH said, Five times of Salaah during day and night (which are obligatory and constitute the first and foremost duty in ISLAM). He said, ‘Is there any other obligatory prayer besides these?’ The Messenger of ALLAH replied, “No” (The obligatory Salaah are only these five Salaah, but it is up to you if you (in addition to these) five obligatory Salaah say more Salaah willingly and voluntarily (and thus earn further reward). The Messenger then told him about Zakat and he again said, ‘Will it be obligatory for me to pay any other Sadaqa in addition to Zakat?’ The Messenger of ALLAH replied, “No” (Only Zakat is obligatory) but it is up to you that you pay Sadaqa voluntarily (and earn further reward). Hadrat Talha bin Ubaidullah, the narrator of this tradition says that at this stage the questioner went back saying, (whatever the Messenger of ALLAH has told me) I will not add to it anything on my part or take off any thing. The Messenger of ALLAH (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) heard this and observed. “He would get prosperity if he is truthful. [Bukhari, Muslim, Ma’arif-ul-Hadis]

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