Channel: Yasir Qadhi
In this motivating and enlightening talk, Shaykh Yasir Qadhi takes us on an important journey of getting familiarized with the branches of Iman using assistance from the greatest book ever written on this topic – Shu’ab Al Iman by Imam Abū Bakr Aḥmad ibn Ḥusayn Ibn ‘Alī ibn Mūsa al-Khosrojerdi al-Bayhaqi.
He commences the talk with the most beautiful Hadith,
“Faith has over seventy branches,or over sixty branches, the most excellent of which is the declaration that there is none worthy of worship (in truth) but Allah, and the humblest of which is the removal of what is injurious from the path: and modesty is the branch of faith.”
[Bukhari and Muslim]
Then, he delves deeper into the aspects of Iman, its description, the fruits of Iman, criteria of being a good Mu’min, levels of Iman and more.
In doing so, the Shaykh implores us to read and research the Qur’an and Sunnah so that our horizons are broadened and we learn and gain more from it as opposed to plain memorization.
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Alhamdulillah we thank Allah subhana wa tada Who has created us in the best of all fashions and has blessed us with the best of all months and has guided us to the best of all religions and has sent us to the US and sent to us the best of his profits. And as revealed to us the best of his books. It's about like a low quality thing. We ask Allah subhana wa tada to send his Salatin is Salam upon the most blessed Prophet and the greatest human being who ever lived our Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam as to what follows in a hadith in Sahih, Bukhari and Sahih Muslim Abu huraira narrated that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said an email and we'll build it on WhatsApp
Varun, were feeling why a bitter and was too short about a man consists of 70 odd and in one version 60 odd branches. The highest branch of Eman is La ilaha illAllah Muhammad Rasulullah and the lowest branch of Eman is to remove something from the road that is irritating people and modesty is a branch of faith. This famous Hadith the hadith of Abu Zubaydah regarding the branches of Iman is going to be the cornerstone of our series in this Ramadan. This Hadith is reported in every single major collection. So aidable hardy is a Muslim Timothy it'd been module goes on and on. And it has many different reports and versions. But the main concept is that eemaan consists of many branches
in one virgin 60 odd, and another virgin 70 odd, and perhaps the 70 odd version is the more authentic one. And the word odd builder implies anywhere from three to nine. So from 73 to 79 branches, a man consists between 70 odd branches. And our series this month will focus on a commentary of this one Hadeeth what is a man? And what are the branches of a man? And how does the man been described? And what are the fruits of a man? And what are the criteria of being a woman? And what are the levels of a man and also I will be using many textbooks. The primary book that I will be using is one of the most famous books written in our tradition, and it is by the great
scholar of Hadith and half with Abu Bakar.
Very happy who died in the year 458 hedgerow almost 1000 years ago, he wrote many books, one of them is in 13 volumes now, it is called a jammer issue I will imagine. And it is essentially once again a commentary on this one of the 13 volumes. And in it the title of the book is a john mayer, the comprehensive book regarding the branches of a man, this is a comprehensive encyclopedia. This is considered to be the greatest encyclopedia ever written about the reality of a man no scholar before or after him has written a larger book. And Mr. Murthy is a very famous scholar, and we don't have time to talk about his biography, but I urge you to look it up. He wrote a book it is called the
comprehensive encyclopedia regarding the branches of Eman And he started his book with this one Hadeeth and then he began listing from his point of view all of the branches of he man and he listed and this is he had 77 and in each of these he mentioned a hadith. So the number of a hadith of this book is over 10,000 traditions and obviously in this one month we will not be able to do justice to this book much less the topic but inshallah that is the goal of the series, we will talk about the reality of a man this head, he said has many benefits and of them is that a man is not one aspect rather it has 70 odd aspects. And so there are many ways to worship Allah. There are many avenues to
come close to Allah subhana wa Tada. And this is good news for all of us. Because for some of us one action of worship is difficult, but another is easy. For others that action is difficult and others are made easy. So whatever aspect you find difficult, don't give up hope. There are other avenues there are other actions that you can do. of the blessings of this hadith is that this hadith shows us that Eman consists of statements and actions and belief. Notice our prophets as I mentioned, Eman has 70 odd branches and he mentioned three of them. Number one he said to c'est la ilaha illAllah that is a statement number two he said to remove something that is irritating people suppose there's
a sharp object and nail to pick it up and get rid of it. This is an action and
Prophets are seldom said this is a man. And number three, he said feeling modesty hyah This is a branch of Eman And that exists in the heart. So, a man is not just one thing, you have things that you say the kalama you have things that you do, helping people and removing objects and you have things that you believe in your heart and you have emotions. So, emotion is manifested on the tongue and in the heart and in one's actions have the benefits as well of this hadith is that some aspects of human are hidden and you cannot see them you cannot see if somebody has higher and other aspects are public and apparent and you can see them so there are elements of a man nobody will know about
except Allah subhana wa Tada. And there are elements of human that you can use in your own world to judge people. Whenever you have to judge them for a business transaction for a marriage proposal. You have to look overall What is his character, what is his or her color, and there are criteria that are public and then there are others that are known only to Allah subhanho wa Taala of the blessings as well of this Hadith of the benefits we derive from this hadith is that some aspects of Eman are purely ritualistic. Just remember that La Ilaha Illa, Allah Allah Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah Allah, other aspects are moral modesty. And other aspects are social and societal, removing
something from the from the road. So a man isn't just rituals. Neither is it only laws and ethics. Neither is it only society and politics rather a bit here and a bit here and a bit here. So a Mothman is somebody who in his private life is worshipping Allah doing Likud doing about that, and also has elements of morality and faith and taqwa and who Sure, and also is helping other people in social work and activism. So the real movement combines between all of these aspects to only relegate one aspect to concentrate on one aspect and neglect the others. This means you haven't really looked at the full tree of human at all of the branches of each one of the blessings as well
of this tradition. And it's a very interesting blessing. Our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam did not list for us what those 70 branches are, he simply said, a man consists of 70 odd branches, and he told us three, then he remained quiet. Why didn't he list all of these 70 odd? The same reason why in the previous series we did about the names of Allah, he did not give us the list of names. He simply said to Allah belong 99 a smile listener, whoever comprehends them, memorize them will enter agenda. And I said in that series, why didn't he tell us those 99 names the same thing I said here can be applied here because Allah subhana wa, tada wants you to read the Quran, read the Sunnah. And
see what are the fruits of Eman? What are the blessings of the man? What are the branches of the man? What is the trunk that the man stands on? What are the roots of ima go and read and see what the Quran is saying, don't just be handed a list of cheat sheet and then go and do it. And when you read when you research, you will learn much more than if a list is handed to you. We all know the difference between research and between memorizing a list. A line is messenger did not hand us that list. They told us it exists. And it's in the Quran and it's in the sooner so go read it, go research it. And when you read the Quran and you now you start to starting to think what are the
branches of your man? What are the roots of the man? What are the fruits of your man? What are the thammarat of Eman? What are the tastes of a man because a man has a taste as we're going to come to as well. When you start reading all of a sudden you broaden your horizons you learn more things and in the process you gain much more than if a list had been handed to you. And that is the goal of this hadith to go read the Quran and Sunnah and see what are the fruits and what are the benefits and what are the branches of Oman and inshallah that is what we are going to be doing throughout this entire month with of course the caveat to understand even in these 30 lectures, we cannot do
justice human has 70 odd branches I have 30 lectures right there you see I cannot do every one and also realize that even each one of these aspects, this is an HD heart of a scholar Emma might be happy Hasn't he had and he said these are the 77 and we'll be taking from that maybe he was right in many of them may be in some of them. He was incorrect and others have other opinions. Nonetheless all of them are within the fold of Islam and all of them are aspects of the faith that we should be aware of. So with that inshallah tada with that introduction in shallow data, the goal is to go over this headed and to learn about the benefits and the fruits and the and the branches of Eman so that
we can be better believers May Allah subhana wa tada guidance to the best of all human and make us amongst them meaning was said I'm worried motorhomers will law he will Bala catch you