The second sacred source of every Muslim's faith and
practice is Hadeeth (the first being Holy Qur'an).
Hadeeth are traditions of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) which
inform us about the practical aspects of Divine commandments for human
life and provide explanations and demonstrations of the basic principles
outlined by God Almighty.
In fact Hadeeth are the sayings, deeds and approvals of the
Prophet (PBUH) under Divine guidance and are called the Sunnah.
So these Hadeeth are termed as Revelation narrated in the words
of the Prophet (PBUH). The Hadeeth are reliably transmitted
reports by the Prophet Muhammad's (PBUH) companions.
Imam Bukhari's (810-870 CE) collection of Hadeeth named "Sahih
Bukhari" is the most authentic book after the Holy Quran. He chose
approximately 7,563 Hadeeth with repetition and about 2,230
Imam Muslim's (821-875 CE) collection of Hadeeth named "Sahih Muslim"
is the second most authentic book after "Sahih Al-Bukhari". He
selected 4,000 Hadeeth for this collection.
Some Examples of the Hadeeth
1. Ibn Masud narrated: "The Prophet (PBUH)
used to take care of us in preaching by selecting a suitable time, so
that we might not get bored. (He abstained from annoying us with
religious talk and knowledge all the time)." - collected by Sahih Al-Bukhari
2. "A good word is charity" - Sahih Al-Bukhari & Sahih Muslim
3. "The most perfect of the believers in faith are the best of them in
morals. And the best among them are those who are best to their wives."
- Ahmad & At-Tirmidi
4. "Pay the worker his wage before his sweat dries." - Ibn Majah
5. "God does not judge you according to your appearance and your wealth,
but He looks at your hearts and looks into your deeds."
6. Abu Hurairah (R) reported: Messenger of
Allah (PBUH) said, "He who believes in Allah and the Last Day, let him
not harm his neighbour; and he who believes in Allah and the Last Day,
let him show hospitality to his guest; and he who believes in Allah and
the Last Day, let him speak good or remain silent." - Sahih Al-Bukhari & Sahih Muslim
7. Aishah (R) reported: When Messenger of
Allah (PBUH) died, his armour was mortgaged with a Jew for thirty Sa'
(measures) of barley. - Sahih Al-Bukhari & Sahih Muslim