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    Abu Eesa Niamatullah (Cross-posted from AE’s personal blog)

    Have you ever wondered to yourself what it actually means to be the best?

    When we are told that ‘this is the best’ or ‘that was the greatest’ or ‘this will bring the most benefit’ etc, have you ever thought who on Earth gave such people/editors the authority to tell us that? In an age when we have a plethora of ‘Top 10’ or ‘Top 100’ lists on everything from cars to films, from foods to places, one wonders where is that list that will really provide some benefit to us in this current short life and the next very long one.

    Well, wait no more. Below, from a choice of hundreds of narrations from our beloved Prophet Muhammad (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) you can find 100 hadīth, in no particular order of merit, detailing ways on exactly how to become the best, how to have the most excellent characteristics, what really will prove most beneficial for us to know, what really are the greatest things to think about and hope for and indeed, how to become the most beloved of people to our Magnificent Creator, Allāh jalla wa ‘alā.

    No more subjectivity, no more empty statements; just the divine criteria of what really is the best as developed by the very best himself, Sayyidinā Muhammad al-Mustapha (‘alayhi salātullāh).

    So go on, don’t be ordinary. Don’t be common. Don’t be a chamcha…

    Be the best.

    PS: For an explanation of the meaning of most of these hadīth, you can see below the original list.

    Sayyidina Muhammad (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) told us:

    1. “The best of the Muslims is he from whose hand and tongue the Muslims are safe.” (Muslim)

    2. “The best of people are those with the most excellent character.” (Tabarāni, Sahīh)

    3. “The best of people are those that bring most benefit to the rest of mankind.” (Dāraqutni, Hasan)

    4. “The best of people are those who are best in fulfilling (rights).” (Ibn Mājah, Sahīh)

    5. “The best of people during fitnah is a man who takes up the reins of his horse pursuing the enemies of Allāh, causing them fear yet they make him fearful too, or a man who secludes himself in the desert fulfilling the rights of Allāh upon him.” (Hākim, Sahīh)

    6. “The best of mankind is my generation, then those that follow them and then those that follow them. Then there shall come a people after them who will become avaricious, who will love gluttony, and who will give witness before they are asked for it.” (Tirmidhi, Sahīh)

    7. “The best of people are those who live longest and excel in their deeds, whereas the worst of people are those who live longest and corrupt their deeds.” (Tirmidhi, Sahīh)

    8. “The best of women are those that please him (her husband) when he sees her, obeys him when she is commanded, and who does not secretly betray him with regards to herself and her money in that which he dislikes.” (Ahmad, Sahīh)

    9. “The best of women are those that please you when you see them, obey you when commanded, and who safeguard themselves and your money in your absence.” (Tabarāni, Sahīh)

    10. “The best of marriages are the easiest ones.” (Abu Dāwūd, Sahīh)

    11. “The best of your dates is the Borniyyū date; it expels disease yet does not contain any disease itself.” (Hākim, Hasan)

    12. “The best of your garments are those which are white; shroud your dead in them and clothe your living with them. The best of that which you apply to your eyelids is antimony causing the eyelashes to grow and sharpening the eyesight.” (Ibn Hibbān, Sahīh)

    13. “The best quality of your religion is scrupulousness.” (Hākim, Sahīh)

    14. “The best of your religion is that which is easiest.” (Ahmad, Sahīh)

    15. “The best of the prayer lines for men are the first rows, the worst being the final rows. The best of the prayer lines for women are the final rows and the worst are the first rows.” (Muslim)

    16. “The best prayers for women are those performed in the most secluded parts of their houses.” (Ibn Khuzaymah, Sahīh)

    17. “The best of you in Islām are those who are most excellent in character as long as you deeply understand the religion.” (Ahmad, Sahīh)

    18. “The best of you are the best of you in fulfilling (rights).” (Ahmad, Sahīh)

    19. “The best of you are those who are best to their families, and I am the best of you to my family.” (Tirmidhi, Sahīh)

    20. “The best of you are my generation, then those that follow them and then those that follow them. Then there shall come after them a people who will betray and be untrustworthy, will give witness even though they have not been asked to, will make vows yet will not fulfil them and obesity will appear amongst them.” (Bukhāri)

    21. “The best of you are those who feed others and return greetings.” (Abu Ya‛lā, Hasan)

    22. “The best of you is he from whom good is anticipated and safety from his evil is assured; the worst of you is he from whom nothing good is expected and one is not safe from his evil.” (Tirmidhi, Sahīh)

    23. “The best thing mankind has been given is excellent character.” (Hākim, Sahīh)

    24. “The best of that which you treat yourself with is cupping.” (Hākim, Sahīh)

    25. “The best of journeys undertaken are to this Mosque of mine and the Ancient House.” (Ahmad, Sahīh)

    26. “The best of which man can leave behind for himself are three: a righteous child who supplicates for him, an ongoing charity whose reward continues to reach him and knowledge which others benefit from after him.” (Ibn Hibbān, Hasan)

    27. “The best Mosques for women are the most secluded parts of their houses.” (Bayhaqi, Sahīh)

    28. “The best of the world’s women are four: Maryum bint ‛Imrān, Khadījah bint Khuwaylid, Fātimah bint Muhammad and Āsiyah the wife of Fir‛awn.” (Ahmad, Sahīh)

    29. “The best of days that you should perform cupping are the 17th, 19th and 21st of the month. I did not pass a single gathering of angels on the night of Isrā’ except that they would say to me, ‘O Muhammad, perform cupping!’” (Ahmad, Sahīh)

    30. “The best day on which the Sun has risen is Friday; on it Ādam was created, on it Ādam was made to enter Paradise and on it he was expelled. The Hour will not be established except on Friday.” (Muslim)

    31. “Verily, the best of perfume for men is that which is strong in smell and light in colour, and the best of perfume for women is that which is strong in colour and light in smell.” (Tirmidhi, Sahīh)

    32. “The most beloved of religions according to Allāh the Most High is the ‘easy and flexible religion.’” (Ahmad, Hasan)

    33. “The most beloved of deeds according to Allāh are the continuous ones, even if they are little.” (Agreed upon)

    34. “The most beloved of names according to Allāh are ‘Abd Allah, ‘Abd’l-Rahmān and Hārith.” (Abu Ya‛lā, Sahīh)

    35. “The most beloved of deeds according to Allāh are the prayer in its right time, then to treat the parents in an excellent manner, and then Jihād in the path of Allāh.” (Agreed upon)

    36. “The most beloved of deeds according to Allāh is that you die and yet your tongue is still moist from the remembrance of Allāh.” (Ibn Hibbān, Hasan)

    37. “The most beloved words according to Allah the Most High are four: Subhānallāh, Alhamdulillāh, Lā ilāha illallāh and Allāhu Akbar; there is no problem with which one you start with.” (Muslim)

    38. “The most beloved of speech according to Allāh is when the servant says, ‘Subhānallāhi wa bihamdihī’ (How Transcendent is Allāh and we praise him!).” (Muslim)

    39. “The most beloved of speech according to Allāh the Most High is that which Allāh chose for his Angels: Subhāna Rabbī wa bihamdihī, Subhāna Rabbī wa bihamdihī, Subhāna Rabbī wa bihamdihī.” (Tirmidhi, Sahīh)

    40. “The most beloved of people according to Allāh is he who brings most benefit, and the most beloved of deeds according to Allāh the Mighty, the Magnificent, is that you bring happiness to a fellow Muslim, or relieve him of distress, or pay off his debt or stave away hunger from him. It is more beloved to me that I walk with my brother Muslim in his time of need than I stay secluded in the mosque for a month. Whoever holds back his anger, Allāh will cover his faults and whoever suppresses his fury while being able to execute it, Allāh will fill his heart with satisfaction on the Day of Standing. Whoever walks with his brother Muslim in need until he establishes that for him, Allāh will establish his feet firmly on the day when all feet shall slip. Indeed, bad character ruins deeds just as vinegar ruins honey.” (Tabarāni, Hasan)

    41. “The most beloved of people to me is ‛Ā’ishah and from the men, Abu Bakr.” (Agreed upon)

    42. “The best of people in recitation are those who when they recite, you see that they fear Allāh.” (Bayhaqi, Sahīh)

    43. “The best of your leaders are those that you love and they love you, you supplicate for them and they supplicate for you. The worst of your leaders are those that you hate and they hate you, you curse them and they curse you.” (Muslim)

    44. “The best of you are those who are best in paying off their debts.” (Tahāwi, Sahīh)

    45. “The best of you are those with the longest lives and most excellent character.” (Bazzār, Sahīh)

    46. “The best of you are those with the longest lives and best in action.” (Hākim, Sahīh)

    47. “The best of you are those with the softest shoulders during prayer.” (Bayhaqi, Hasan)

    48. “The best of you are those who are best to their wives.” (Tirmidhi, Sahīh)

    49. “The best of you are those who are best to their families.” (Tabarāni, Sahīh)

    50. “The best of you during the ‘Period of Ignorance’ are the best of you in Islām as long as they deeply understand the religion.” (Bukhāri)

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    Numbers 51 - 100

    51. “The best of you are those who learn the Qur’ān and teach it.” (Dārimi, Sahīh)

    52. “The best of companions according to Allāh are those who are best to their companion and the best of neighbours according to Allāh are those that are best to their neighbour.” (Tirmidhi, Sahīh)

    53. “The best of places are the Mosques and the worst of places are the markets.” (Tabarāni, Hasan)

    54. “The best supplication on the Day of ‛Arafah and the best thing that I and the Prophets before me ever said was, ‘Lā ilāha illallāh wahdahū lā sharīka lahū, lahū’l-mulk wa lahū’l-hamd wa huwa ‛alā kulli shay’in Qadīr.’” (Tirmidhi, Hasan)

    55. “The best of provision is that which suffices.” (Ahmad in ‘Zuhd’, Hasan)

    56. “The best testimony is when one gives it before he is asked to do so.” (Tabarāni, Sahīh)

    57. “The best of dowries are the easiest.” (Hākim, Sahīh)

    58. “The best of charity is that which still leaves you self-sufficient for the upper hand is better than the lower hand; start with those you are responsible for.” (Tabarāni, Sahīh)

    59. “The best of gatherings are those that are most open.” (Abu Dāwūd, Sahīh)

    60. “The most beloved deed according to Allāh is to have faith in Allāh, then to maintain the ties of kinship, and then to command to good and forbid the wrong. The most abhorrent of deeds according to Allāh is to associate partners with Him, then to cut the ties of kinship.” (Abu Ya’lā, Hasan)

    61. “The most beloved Jihād according to Allāh is that a word of truth be spoken to a tyrant ruler.” (Tabarāni, Hasan)

    62. “The most beloved word according to me is that which is most truthful.” (Bukhāri)

    63. “The most beloved fast according to Allāh is the fast of Dāwūd; he would fast every alternate day. The most beloved prayer according to Allāh is the prayer of Dāwūd; he would sleep half the night, stand a third and then sleep for a sixth.” (Agreed upon)

    64. “The most beloved dish according to Allāh is that which most hands feed from.” (Ibn Hibbān, Hasan)

    65. “The most beloved servant of Allāh is he who is most beneficial to his dependents.” (Zawā’id al-Zuhd, Hasan)

    66. “The best of earnings is that of the labourer as long as he tries his best.” (Ahmad, Hasan)

    67. “The best of all deeds is to have faith in Allāh alone, then Jihād and then an accepted Hajj; they surpass all other deeds like the distance between the rising and setting of the Sun.” (Ahmad, Sahīh)

    68. “The best of all deeds is the Prayer at its earliest time.” (Tirmidhi, Sahīh)

    69. “The best of all deeds is the Prayer in its right time, to treat the Parents honourably and Jihād in the path of Allāh.” (al-Khatīb, Sahīh)

    70. “The best of all deeds is that you bring happiness to your Muslim brother, pay off his debt or feed him bread.” (Ibn Adiyy, Hasan)

    71. “The best of faith is patience and magnanimity.” (Ahmad, Sahīh)

    72. “The best of days according to Allāh is Friday.” (Bayhaqi, Sahīh)

    73. “The best of Jihād is that man strives against his soul and desires.” (Daylami, Sahīh)

    74. “The best Hajj is that with the most raised voices and flowing blood.” (Tirmidhi, Hasan)

    75. “The best of supplications is that of on the Day of ‘Arafah, and the best thing that was said by myself and the Prophets before me was, “Lā ilāha illallāh wahdahū lā sharīka lahū.” (There is nothing worthy of worship except Allah alone, He has no partners.) (Mālik, Hasan)

    76. “The best of dinars are: the dinār spent by a man upon his dependents, the dinār spent by a man upon his horse in the path of Allāh and the dinār spent by a man upon his companions in the path of Allah, the Mighty, the Magnificent.” (Muslim)

    77. “The best word of remembrance is: Lā ilāha illallāh and the best supplication is: Al-hamdu lillāh.” (Tirmidhi, Hasan)

    78. “The best word of remembrance is: Lā ilāha illallāh and the best (expression of giving) thanks is: Al-hamdu lillāh.” (Baghawi, Hasan)

    79. “The best of hours are those deep in the latter part of the night.” (Tabarāni, Sahīh)

    80. “The best of all martyrs are those who fight in the front line; they do not turn their faces away until they are killed. They will be rolling around in the highest rooms of Paradise, their Lord laughing at them – when your Lord laughs at a servant, there is no accounting for him.” (Ahmad, Sahīh)

    81. “The best of all martyrs is he whose blood is shed and whose horse is slaughtered.” (Tabarāni, Sahīh)

    82. “The best of all charity is the shade of a canopy (provided) in the path of Allāh, the Mighty and Magnificent, to gift ones servant in the path of Allāh and to gift ones she-camel in the path of Allāh.” (Ahmad, Hasan)

    83. “The best of all charity is that which is given to the relative that harbours enmity against you.” (Ahmad, Sahīh)

    84. “The best of all charity is that you give it while you are healthy and desirous (of that money), hoping to become wealthy but fearing poverty. Don’t delay until you are about to breathe your last and then you say, ‘This is for ‘so and so’ and this is for ‘so and so’’, for indeed, it has already been written that ‘so and so’ would receive that.” (Abu Dāwūd, Sahīh)

    85. “The best of all charity is when the one with little strives to give; start with those you are responsible for.” (Hākim, Sahīh)

    86. “The best charity is to provide water.” (Ibn Mājah, Hasan)

    87. “The best prayer after the obligatory ones is the prayer in the depth of the night, and the best fast after the month of Ramadhān is the month of Allah, Muharram.” (Muslim)

    88. “The best prayer is the prayer of the man in his home except for the obligatory prayer.” (Nasā’ī, Sahīh)

    89. “The best prayer is that with the longest standing.” (Muslim)

    90. “The best of all prayers according to Allāh is the Friday morning prayer in congregation.” (Ibn Nu‘aym, Sahīh)

    91. “The best fast is the fast of my brother Dāwūd; he would fast every alternate day and he would never flee (the battlefront) when the armies would meet.” (Tirmidhi, Sahīh)

    92. “The best of all fasts after Ramadhān is in the month that you call Muharram.” (Nasā’ī, Sahīh)

    93. “The best of all worship is supplication.” (Hākim, Sahīh)

    94. “The best deed is the prayer in its right time and Jihād in the path of Allāh.” (Bayhaqi, Sahīh)

    95. “The best of the Qur’ān is: “Al-hamdu lillāhi Rabb’l-‘Ālamīn.” (Hākim, Sahīh)

    96. “The best of earnings is a blessed sale and that which a man earns with his hands.” (Ahmad, Sahīh)

    97. “The best of the Believers is the most excellent of them in character.” (Ibn Mājah, Sahīh)

    98. “The best of the Believers with respect to Islām is the one from whose hand and tongue the Muslims are safe; and the best of the Believers with respect to Īmān are the most excellent of them in character; and the best of those who migrate is he who migrates from that which Allāh the Most High has prohibited; and the best of Jihād is when one strives against his soul for the sake of Allāh, the Mighty, the Magnificent.” (Tabarāni, Sahīh)

    99. “The best of mankind is the believer between two honourable persons.” (Tabarāni, Sahīh)

    100. “The best of all days in the world are the ten days (of Dhul Hijjah).” (Bazzār, Sahīh)


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    Asalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullaah wa Barakatuhu Shade of Swords masha'Allah
    jazakillah khayr for this necessary and beneficail Ilm may we follow it to the letter ameen and follow the most beloved of men ever born to this duniah ameen Muhammed Salla Alayhe wa sallam , Alhumduillah Rabil Alaimeen..... blessings of the Day of Increase on you and all the ummah ameen

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shade of Swords View Post

    1. “The best of the Muslims is he from whose hand and tongue the Muslims are safe.” (Muslim)
    MM?

    3. “The best of people are those that bring most benefit to the rest of mankind.” (Dāraqutni, Hasan)
    Mm?

    5. “The best of people during fitnah is a man who takes up the reins of his horse pursuing the enemies of Allāh,
    MM?????

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    Edit :

    61. “The most beloved Jihād according to Allāh is that a word of truth be spoken to a tyrant ruler.” (Tabarāni, Hasan)
    MM???

    91. “The best fast is the fast of my brother Dāwūd; he would fast every alternate day and he would never flee (the battlefront) when the armies would meet.” (Tirmidhi, Sahīh)
    MM?


    81. “The best of all martyrs is he whose blood is shed and whose horse is slaughtered.” (Tabarāni, Sahīh)
    MM???

    80. “The best of all martyrs are those who fight in the front line; they do not turn their faces away until they are killed. They will be rolling around in the highest rooms of Paradise, their Lord laughing at them – when your Lord laughs at a servant, there is no accounting for him.” (Ahmad, Sahīh)
    MM??

    20. “The best of you are my generation, then those that follow them and then those that follow them. Then there shall come after them a people who will betray and be untrustworthy, will give witness even though they have not been asked to, will make vows yet will not fulfil them and obesity will appear amongst them.” (Bukhāri)
    lol MM!
    Also, it seems they tried to gather every haddith who begins with "the best" leading to ahaadiith where the ASl is in the Sahiihayn being quoted as being from Al-Tabaraani etc...

    Example :

    51. “The best of you are those who learn the Qur’ān and teach it.” (Dārimi, Sahīh)
    Well in fact I do not know why they didn't say it was from Al-Bukhaari.

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