Which Action is the Best?

Abu Dharr (radi Allahu anhu) reported, I asked, “O Messenger of Allah! Which action is the best?” He (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “Faith in Allah and Jihad in the way of Allah.” I asked: “Which neck (slave) is best (for emancipation)?” He said, “That which is dearest of them in price and most valuable of them to its masters.” I asked: “If I cannot afford (it)?” He said, “Then help a labourer or work for one who is disabled.” I asked: “If I cannot do (it)?” He said, “You should restrain yourself from doing wrong to people, because it (serves as) charity which you bestow upon yourself.”

[Sahih Al-Bukhari and Muslim]


This Hadith shows the excellence of Jihad and emancipation of slaves. It also highlights the importance of co-operation and sympathy with others.

Similarly, one who refrains from putting others into trouble, his reward for it is no less than that of propitiatory offering and kindness. It also tells that faith in Allah is the basis for the acceptance of good deeds. In fact, conduct is the fruit of one’s Faith. Without Faith nothing will be acceptable by Allah.

And Allah Knows Best!

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