Hadith 6 from An-Nawawi

BismiLlah Al Rahman Al Rahim,

On the authority of Abu ‘Abdullah An-Nu’man bin Bashir (r) who said:

I heard the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) say:

“Truly what is lawful is evident, and what is unlawful is evident, and in between the two are matters which are doubtful which many people do not know. He who guards doubtful things keeps his religion and honour blameless, and he who indulges in doubtful things indulges in fact in unlawful things, just as a shepherd who pastures his flock round a preserve will soon pasture them in it. Beware, every king has a preserve, and the things Allah has declared unlawful are His preserves. Beware, in the body there is a flesh; if it is sound, the whole body is sound, and if it is corrupt, the whole body is corrupt, and behold, it is the heart.”

[Al-Bukhari & Muslim]

This is one of the foundational hadith along with hadith 1 and 2.

Imam Al Bukhari began with this hadith in his chapter of “Trading”

The general habit of the believers is to refrain from something that is doubtful as not to harm their Iman (faith), reminding themselves of the hadith: “Leave the thing which is doubtful for something that is undoubtful”

As for the last part of this hadith, there is a prayer that the Prophet (pbuh) used to say which is:

“Ya Muqalib al qulub, thabit qalbi fi deenek” (Oh God who makes hearts turn away, make my heart firm in Your religion)

~ by youngmuslimworld on August 21, 2010.

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