Eman is an engineer and writer. She is also studying at Zad Academy for Arabic Language and Islamic Studies.
The narrations of the sayings and actions of the Prophet Muhammad (the peace and blessings be upon him) are called hadith. The two most famous collections of hadith widely accepted by Muslims are Muhammad ibn Ismail al-Bukhari (810-870 CE) and Muslim ibn al-Hajjaj (817-875 CE), both of which bear the same title of Sahih (Authentic).
Al-Bukhari spent sixteen years compiling his collection of hadiths and ended up with 2,602 hadith (9,082 with repetition).
Muslim traveled extensively to collect his collection of hadith, including Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Egypt, and Syria. He collected about 300,000 hadiths, approximately 4,000 of which were extracted for recording in his collection, based on strict acceptance criteria.
Among the greatest hadiths reported from the Prophet Muhammad:
A man came to the Prophet (the peace and blessings be upon him) asking: “When is the Hour?” The Prophet said, “What have you prepared for it?” The man said, “I have not prepared for it much prayer, fasting, or charity except that I love God and His Messenger.” The Prophet said, “You will be with those whom you love.”
Anas said, “We had never been so glad as we were on hearing that saying of the Prophet, "You will be with those whom you love" So I love Allah and His Messenger, Abu Bakr, and Umar, and I hope to be with them, even if my deeds are not similar to theirs.”
— Narrated by Anas bin Malik - Sahih (Al-Bukhari & Muslim).
Who Was Anas Bin Malik (Narrator of Hadith)?
The companion Anas bin Malik bin Al-Nadr Al-Ansari was the servant of the Prophet Muhammad (the peace and blessings be upon him). When his mother brought him to the Prophet; To serve him, she told the Prophet that he could write. This feature was not available except in a few of the companions of the Prophet; This indicates the acumen and intelligence of Anas since his childhood. He was only ten years old at the time.
Anas memorized and learned from the Messenger of God and narrated many noble hadith (sayings) of the Prophet, about 2,286 hadiths. Anas continued to serve the Prophet Muhammad until the death of the Prophet in the year (11 AH/632 AD). Then Anas went to Damascus, after that to Basra, and died there. He was the last of the Companions to die in Basra in the year (93 AH-712 CE).
Day of Judgment, the Day of Resurrection, or the Last Day.
What have you prepared for it
What did you do of the good deeds that deserve to be asked about?
You will be with those whom you love
You will be with those whom you preferred their love to the love of others.
The Overall Explanation of the Hadith
A Bedouin man, the companion Abu Khuwaisrah Al Yamani, asked the Prophet, the peace and blessing be upon him, about the date of the Day of Resurrection. The Messenger of God guided him to what is most important, did he prepare good deeds for that great Day? The man replied that he did not prepare much of fasting or prayer except the love of God and His apostle. The Prophet told him that he would be with those he loved, even if he did not do many good deeds.
Likewise, those who love the righteous for their obedience to God will receive their reward. Because love is from the acts of heart; The intent is the origin, and the action follows it.
This hadith includes great meanings that require careful attention to can benefit.
Belief in the Last Day
In Islamic doctrine, a Muslim must believe in the Last Day. The Day of Judgement is the day when God will revive the creation after death to judge. Hence, the Muslim believes that God will judge each human for his deeds, some of them will enter Paradise and some will enter Hell. Heaven and Hell cannot be described except for the descriptions mentioned in the Noble Qur’an and hadiths.
The Date of the Resurrection is known only to God, according to verse 63 of Surah Al-Ahzab (The Combined Forces). The English translation of this verse: “In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, and the Most Merciful.
"People ask you ˹O Prophet˺ about the Hour. Say, “That knowledge is only with Allah. You never know, perhaps the Hour is near.”
— (Surah 33: Al-Ahzab, Verse 63).
The Prophet, the peace and blessings be upon him, was keen to guide his Ummah (community) to what is best for them. So, the Prophet explained that preparing for the Hereafter (al-Akhirah) by offering good deeds in this world is more important than asking about the time of Judgment Day. Also, among the best things in a person’s Islam is to leave what does not concern him and to be preoccupied with what benefits him.
The Love of God and His Messenger
A Muslim must believe that Allah is the one God worthy of divinity and servitude, that He has no partner, and that Muhammad is the seal of His Prophets, and this is the first of the Five Pillars of Islam.
This hadith confirms the virtue of loving God and His Noble Messenger. The sincere lover of God and His Messenger must obey their commands and avoid their prohibitions.
The greatest obedience to God is to Maintain the five obligatory prayers (salah) on time. A Muslim must also give alms (zakat), fast Ramadan, and pilgrimage (Hajj) for Muslims who are physically and financially able to do.
Good deeds are the way that leads one to meet God. Allah said in Holy Quran:
Say, ˹O Prophet, ˺ “I am only a man like you, ˹but˺ it has been revealed to me that your God is only One God. So, whoever hopes for the meeting with their Lord, let them do good deeds and associate none in the worship of their Lord.”
— (Surah 18: Al-Kahf (The Cave), Verse 110).
Among the love of God is approaching Him with supplication (dua), whether supplication of worship or for a reason. The best supplication is a sincere supplication from the heart because it confirms the Oneness of God.
Likewise, the true lover of the Prophet Muhammad, the peace and blessings be upon him, must follow his Sunnah, imitate him, and display his great morals. God said in Holy Quran:
There has certainly been for you in the Messenger of Allah an excellent pattern (an example to be followed) for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Last Day and [who] remembers Allah often.
— (Surah 33: Al-Ahzab, Verse 21).
In hadith, when Aisha, the wife of the Prophet Muhammad, was asked about his character, she said, "His character was the Quran." (Sahih Muslim).
Concerning the morals of the Prophet, God said in the Holy Qur’an:
And indeed, you are of a great moral character.
— (Surah 68: Al-Qalam (The Pen), Verse 4).
The Messenger of God used to do what God commanded in the Quran and leave what Allah prohibited. The Prophet Muhammad also used to frequently mention God, seeking His forgiveness and repenting to Him.
The verses of seeking forgiveness and repentance in the Holy Quran are many, including:
And seek your Lord’s forgiveness and turn to Him in repentance. He will grant you a good provision for an appointed term and graciously reward the doers of good. But if you turn away, then I truly fear for you the torment of a formidable Day.
— (Surah 11: Hud, Verse 3).
Also, striving to seek knowledge and teach it to others is from the love of Allah and His Prophet. The Prophet Muhammad said:
“Whoever follows a path in pursuit of knowledge, Allah will facilitate for him a path to Paradise."
— Narrated by Abu Huraira - Sahih Muslim.
The Companions' love for Abu Bakr Al-Siddiq and Omar bin Al-Khattab
The Companions Abu Bakr Al-Siddiq and Umar bin Al-Khattab have a great role in Al-Islam. This hadith confirms the companions’ veneration of Abu Bakr Al-Siddiq and Omar bin Al-Khattab, their love for them, and their knowledge of their importance (may Allah be pleased with them all).
Anas declared his love for Abu Bakr and Umar and wished to be with them in Paradise, even if his actions were not the same as theirs. Here Anas teaches us humility; The companion Anas bin Malik taught people the Sunnah (sayings and techniques) of the Prophet Muhammad for more than eighty years. Among his students were Al-Hasan Al-Basri and Muhammad bin Sirin. Those scholars had a significant impact on the intellectual history of Islam.
The hadith also teaches us that one should always strive to improve his work, not be deceived by what he has done, and do his best to improve it.
You will be With Those Whom You Love
Being with those he loves is a general rule that urges choosing a good companion and warns against loving the people of falsehood and striving to know and love the people of truth.
Benefiting from the love of the righteous is not required to do their work. But true love reaches you the status of the one you loved.
- All verses of the Noble Quran have been translated from Arabic to English as in The Noble Quran | Quran.com.
- Sunnah.com. The hadith of the Prophet Muhammad (the peace and blessings be upon him) in several languages.
- Imam al-Bukhari and the science of Hadith - EgyptToday.
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Eman Abdallah Kamel (author) from Egypt on September 16, 2021:
Thank you very much, Eman, for your comment. I am really glad you liked the article.
Nian from Pakistan on September 15, 2021:
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