Hadith Qudsi 21-40

21) On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (رضي الله عنه), who said that the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:

“Allah the Almighty said: ‘There are three (1) whose adversary I shall be on the Day of Resurrection: a man who has given his word by Me and has broken it; a man who has sold a free man (2) and has consumed the price; and a man who has hired a workman, has exacted his due in full from him and has not given him his wage.'” (al-bukhari, Ibn Majah and Ahmad)

(1) i.e. types of men.
(2) i.e. a man who has made a slave of another and has sold him.

22) On the authority of Abu Sa’id (رضي الله عنه), who said that the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:

“Let not any one of you belittle himself.” They said: “O Messenger of Allah, how can any one of us belittle himself?” He said: “He finds a matter concerning Allah about which he should say something, and he does not say [it], so Allah (mighty and sublime be He) says to him on the Day of Resurrection: ‘What prevented you from saying something about such-and-such and such-and-such?’ He will say: ‘It was] out of fear of people.’ Then He says: ‘Rather it is I whom you should more properly fear.'” (Ibn Majah with a sound chain of authorities)

23) On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (رضي الله عنه), who said that the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:

“Allah will say on the Day of Resurrection: ‘Where are those who love one another through My glory? Today I shall give them shade in My shade, it being a day when there is no shade but My shade.'” (al-bukhari, Malik)

24) On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (رضي الله عنه), who said that the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:

“If Allah has loved a servant [of His], He calls Jibreal (on whom be peace) and says: ‘I love So-and-so, therefore love him.'” He (the Prophet – peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “So Gabriel loves him. Then he (Gabriel) calls out in heaven, saying: ‘Allah loves So-and-so, therefore love him.’ And the inhabitants of heaven love him.” He (the Prophet – peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Then acceptance is established for him on earth. And if Allah has abhorred a servant [of His], He calls Gabriel and says: ‘I abhor So-and-so, therefore abhor him.’ So Gabriel abhors him. Then Gabriel calls out to the inhabitants of heaven: ‘Allah abhors So-and-so, therefore abhor him.'” He (the Prophet – peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “So they abhor him, and abhorrence is established for him on earth.” (Muslim, al-Bukhari, Malik, and at-Tirmidhi)

25) On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (رضي الله عنه), who said that the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:

“Allah (mighty and sublime be He) said: Whosoever shows enmity to someone devoted to Me, I shall be at war with him. My servant draws not near to Me with anything more loved by Me than the religious duties I have enjoined upon him, and My servant continues to draw near to Me with supererogatory works so that I shall love him. When I love him I am his hearing with which he hears, his seeing with which he sees, his hand with which he strikes and his foot with which he walks. Were he to ask [something] of Me, I would surely give it to him, and were he to ask Me for refuge, I would surely grant him it. I do not hesitate about anything as much as I hesitate about [seizing] the soul of My faithful servant: he hates death and I hate hurting him.” (al-bukhari)

26) On the authority of Abu Umamah (رضي الله عنه), who said that the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:

“Allah (mighty and sublime be He) said: ‘Truly of those devoted to Me the one I most favour is a believer who is of meager means and much given to prayer, who has been particular in the worship of his Lord and has obeyed Him inwardly (1), who was obscure among people and not pointed out, and whose sustenance was just sufficient to provide for him yet he bore this patiently.'” Then the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) rapped his hand and said: “Death will have come early to him, his mourners will have been few, his estate scant.”

(At-Tirmidhi, Imam ahmad and Ibn Majah. Its chain of authorities is sound)

1) i.e. he has not been ostentatious in his obedience.

27) On the authority of Masruq (رضي الله عنه), who said: We asked Abdullah (i.e. Ibn Masud) about this verse: “And do not regard those who have been killed in the cause of Allah as dead, rather are they alive with their Lord, being provided for (Qur’an Chapter 3 Verse 169).” He said: “We asked about that and the Prophet  (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:

‘Their souls are in the insides of green birds having lanterns suspended from the Throne, roaming freely in Paradise where they please, then taking shelter in those lanterns. So their Lord cast a glance at them (1) and said: ‘Do you wish for anything?’ They said: ‘What shall we wish for when we roam freely in Paradise where we please?’ And thus did He do to them three times. When they say that they would not be spared from being asked [again], they said: ‘O Lord, we would like for You to put back our souls into our bodies so that we might fight for Your sake once again. And when He saw that they were not in need of anything they were let be.’ (Muslim, at-Tirmidhi, an-Nasa’i and Ibn Majah)

(1) i.e. at those who had been killed in the cause of Allah.

28) On the authority of Jundub ibn Abdullah (رضي الله عنه), who said that the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:

“There was amongst those before you a man who had a wound. He was in [such] anguish that he took a knife and made with it a cut in his hand, and the blood did not cease to flow till he died. Allah the Almighty said: ‘My servant has himself forestalled Me; I have forbidden him Paradise.'” (al-bukhari)

29) On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (رضي الله عنه), who said that the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:

“Allah (mighty and sublime be He) says: ‘My faithful servant’s reward from Me, if I have taken to Me his best friend from amongst the inhabitants of the world and he has then borne it patiently for My sake, shall be nothing less than Paradise.'” (al-bukhari)

30) On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (رضي الله عنه), who said that the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:

“Allah (mighty and sublime be He) said: ‘If My servant likes to meet Me, I like to meet him; and if he dislikes to meet Me, I dislike to meet him.'”

Prophetic explanation of this Sacred Hadith: ‘He who likes to meet Allah, Allah likes to meet him; and he who dislikes to meet Allah, Allah dislikes to meet him:’

Aishah ( رضي الله عنها) said: “O Prophet of Allah, is it because of the dislike of death, for all of us dislike death?” The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “It is not so, but rather it is that when the believer is given news of Allah’s mercy, His approval and His Paradise, he likes to meet Allah and Allah likes to meet him; but when the unbeliever is given news of Allah’s punishment and His displeasure, he dislikes to meet Allah and Allah dislikes to meet him.”

(al-bukhari and Malik. The Prophetic version is related by Muslim)

31) On the authority of Jundub (رضي الله عنه), who said that the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) related:

“A man said: ‘By Allah, Allah will not forgive So-and-so.’ At this Allah the Almighty said: ‘Who is he who swears by Me that I will not forgive So-and-so? Verily I have forgiven So-and-so and have nullified your [own good] deeds (1) (or as he said [it]).'”(Muslim)

(1) A similar Hadith, which is given by Abu Dawud, indicates that the person referred to was a godly man whose previous good deeds were brought to naught through presuming to declare that Allah would not forgive someone’s bad deeds.

32) On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (رضي الله عنه), who said that the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said: “A man sinned greatly against himself, and when death came to him he charged his sons, saying: ‘When I have died, burn me, then crush me and scatter [my ashes] into the sea, for, by Allah, if my Lord takes possession of me, He will punish me in a manner in which He has punished no one [else].’ So they did that to him. Then He said to the earth: ‘Produce what you have taken – and there he was!’ And He said to him: ‘What induced you to do what you did?’ He said: ‘Being afraid of You, O my Lord (or he said: ‘Being frightened of You’),’ and because of that He forgave him.”

(Muslim, Al-Bukhari, an-Nasa’i and Ibn Majah)

33) On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (رضي الله عنه) that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم), from among the things he reports from his Lord (mighty and sublime be He), is that he said:

“A servant [of Allah’s] committed a sin and said: ‘O Allah, forgive me my sin.’ And He (glorified and exalted be He) said: ‘My servant has committed a sin and has known that he has a Lord who forgives sins and punishes for them.’ Then he sinned again and said: ‘O Lord, forgive me my sin.’ And He (glorified and exalted be He) said: ‘My servant has committed a sin and has known that he has a Lord who forgives sins and punishes for them.’ Then he sinned again and said: ‘O Lord, forgive me my sin.’ And He (glorified and exalted be He) said: ‘My servant has committed a sin and has known that he has a Lord who forgives sins and punishes for sins. Do what you wish, for I have forgiven you.'”

(al-bukhari and Muslim)

34) On the authority of Anas (رضي الله عنه), who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) say:

“Allah the Almighty said:

‘O son of Adam, so long as you call upon Me and ask of Me, I shall forgive you for what you have done, and I shall not mind. O son of Adam, were your sins to reach the clouds of the sky and were you then to ask forgiveness of Me, I would forgive you. O son of Adam, were you to come to Me with sins nearly as great as the earth and were you then to face Me, ascribing no partner to Me, I would bring you forgiveness nearly as great as it.'”

(At-Tirmidhi, imam adhmad. Its chain of authorities is sound)

35) On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (رضي الله عنه), who said that the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:

“Our Lord (glorified and exalted be He) descends each night to the earth’s sky when there remains the final third of the night, and He says: ‘Who is saying a prayer to Me that I may answer it? Who is asking something of Me that I may give it him? Who is asking forgiveness of Me that I may forgive him?'”

(al-bukhari, Muslim, Malik, at-Tirmidhi and Abu Dawud)

36) On the authority of Anas (رضي الله عنه) from the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم), who said:

The believers will gather together on the Day of Resurrection and will say: Should we not ask [someone] to intercede for us with our Lord? So they will come to Adam and will say: You are the Father of mankind; Allah created you with His hand He made His angels bow down to you and He taught you the names of everything, so intercede for us with you Lord so that He may give us relief form this place where we are. And he will say: I am not in a position [to do that] – and he will mention his wrongdoing and will feel ashamed and will say: Go to Noah, for he is the first messenger that Allah sent to the inhabitants of the earth. So they will come to him and he will say: I am not in a position [to do that] – and he will mention his having requested something of his Lord about which he had no [proper] knowledge (Quran Chapter 11 Verses 45-46), and he will feel ashamed and will say: Go to the Friend of the Merciful (Abraham). So they will come to him and he will say: I am not in a position [to do that]. Go to Moses, a servant to whom Allah talked and to whom He gave the Torah. So they will come to him and he will say: I am not in a position [to do that] – and he will mention the talking of a life other that for a life (Quran Chapter 28 Verses 15-16), and he will fell ashamed in the sight of his Lord and will say: Go to Jesus, Allah’s servant and messenger, Allah’s word and spirit. So they will come to him and he will say: I am not in a position [to do that]. Go to Muhammad (may the blessings and peace of Allah be upon him), a servant to whom Allah has forgiven all his wrongdoing, past and future. So they will come to me and I shall set forth to ask permission to come to my Lord, and permission will be given, and when I shall see my Lord I shall prostrate myself. He will leave me thus for such time as it pleases Him, and then it will be said [to me]: Raise your head. Ask and it will be granted. Speak and it will be heard. Intercede and your intercession will be accepted. So I shall raise my head and praise Him with a form of praise that He will teach me. Then I shall intercede and HE will set me a limit [as to the number of people], so I shall admit them into Paradise. Then I shall return to Him, and when I shall see my Lord [I shall bow down] as before. Then I shall intercede and He will set me a limit [as to the number of people]. So I shall admit them into Paradise. Then I shall return for a third time, then a fourth, and I shall say: There remains in Hell-fire only those whom the Quran has confined and who must be there for eternity. There shall come out of Hell-fire he who has said: There is no god but Allah and who has in his heart goodness weighing a barley-corn; then there shall come out of Hell-fire he who has said: There is no god but Allah and who has in his heart goodness weighing a grain of wheat; then there shall come out of Hell-fire he who has said: There is no god but Allah and who has in his heart goodness weighing an atom.

(al-Bukhari, Muslim, at-Tirmidhi, and Ibn Majah).

37) On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (رضي الله عنه), who said that the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:

“Allah said:

‘I have prepared for My righteous servants what no eye has seen and no ear has heard, nor has it occurred to the human heart.'”

Thus recite if you wish (1): “And no soul knows what joy for them (the inhabitants of Paradise) has been kept hidden (Qur’an Chapter 32 Verse 17).”

(1) The words “Thus recite if you wish” are those of Abu Hurayrah.

(al-bukhari, Muslim, at-Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah)

38) On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (رضي الله عنه), who said that the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:

When Allah created Paradise and Hell-fire, He sent Gabriel to Paradise, saying: Look at it and at what I have prepared therein for its inhabitants. The Prophet (Peace be upon him) said: So he came to it and looked at it and at what Allah had prepared therein for its inhabitants. The Prophet (Peace be upon him) said: So he returned to Him and said: By your glory, no one hears of it without entering it. So He ordered that it be encompassed by forms of hardship, and He said: Return to it and look at what I have prepared therein for its inhabitants. The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:

So he returned to it and found that it was encompassed by forms of hardship (1). Then he returned to Him and said: By Your glory, I fear that no one will enter it. He said: Go to Hell-fire and look at it and what I have prepared therein for its inhabitants, and he fount that it was in layers, one above the other. Then he returned to Him and said: By Your glory, no one who hears of it will enter it. So He ordered that it be encompassed by lusts. Then He said: Return to it. And he returned to it and said: By Your glory, I am frightened that no one will escape from entering it.

(1) The Arabic word used here is “makarih”, the literal meaning of which is “things that are disliked”. In this context it refers to forms of religious discipline that man usually finds onerous.

It was related by Tirmidhi, who said that it was a good and sound Hadith (also by Abu Dawud and an-Nasa’i).

39) On the authority of Abu Sa’id al-Khudri (رضي الله عنه), who said that the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:

Paradise and Hell-fire disputed together, and Hell-fire said: In me are the mighty and the haughty. Paradise said: In me are the weak and the poor. So Allah judged between them, [saying]: You are Paradise, My mercy; through you I show mercy to those I wish. And you are Hell-fire, My punishment; through you I punish those I wish, and it is incumbent upon Me that each of you shall have its fill.

It was related by Muslim (also by al-Bukhari and at-Tirmidhi).

40) On the authority of Abu Sa’id al-Khudri (رضي الله عنه), who said that the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:

Allah will say to the inhabitant of Paradise: O inhabitants of Paradise! They will say: O our Lord, we present ourselves and are at Your pleasure, and goodness rests in Your hands. Then He will say: Are you contented? And they will say: And how should we not be contented, O Lord, when You have given to us that which You have given to no one else of Your creation? Then He will say: Would not like Me to give you something better than that? And they will say: O Lord and what thing is better than that? And He will say: I shall cause My favour to descend upon you and thereafter shall never be displeased with you.

It was related by al-Bukhari (also by Muslim and at-Tirmidhi).

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