The statements and actions of our Prophet Muhammad (s) contain much that we need: rules and advice, reminders, examples, warnings and encouragement.
The collection of hadiths in Forty Hadiths on Good Moral Values by Yahya Ondigo contains some of the ProphetÆs statements on positive ethics and attributes that all people-Muslims and non-Muslims-should strive to adopt in the way we deal with others; we need to work to incorporate these morals and principles into our daily habits.
The author has commented on each hadith, presenting the issue in a way designed to help readers implement what they have learned.
Demonstrating earnest leniency, tolerance and benevolence is the best way for the beauty of Islam to be seen in our own lives with our non-Muslim family members, neighbours, colleagues, workmates, schoolmates and all our fellow human beings that we interact with. Benevolence in whatever actions we undertake is the best form of daÆwah that we can give to another person.
This is because our actions speak louder than our words: no matter how much we try to convince people that Muslims are generous, peaceful, tolerant, kind, amicable, charitable, and so on, words alone are not convincing enough. If our moral values and compassion are not reflected in our actions, the words become meaningless.
About the Author —
Born into a strict Christian household in Kenya, Yahya Ondigo was always a man of faith. When his questions about Christian faith were left inadequately answered, OndigoÆs search for the truth led him towards Islam.
Since then, he has pursued Islamic Studies, become a caller to Islam, and authored several books on Islamic topics, all under publication with IIPH, including My Journey from Christianity to Islam, Muslim-Christian Interactions, and Forty Hadiths on Poisonous Social Habits, which is the companion piece to this present book.
1. Honesty 35
2. Modesty 44
3. Humility 53
4. Courage 59
5. Steadfastness 66
6. Kindness 75
7. Gentleness 81
8. Chastity 85
9. Peacefulness 92
10. Moderation 97
11. Politeness 106 12. Contentment 109 13. Cheerfulness 117 14. Charity 121 15. Cooperation 129 16. Justice 134 17. Forgiveness 147 18. Love 153 19. Patient perseverance 162 20. Benevolence 176 21. Mercifulness 183 22. Respect 193 23. Generosity 200 24. Amicability 206 25. Upholding Ties of Kinship 212 26. Caring for the Weak 218 27. Treating Servants Well 222 28. Hospitality 227 29. Protecting PeopleÆs Honour .~ 231 30. Trustworthiness 237 31. Good Neighbourliness 245 32. Having a Good Fragrance 248 33. Forbearance and Deliberation 251 34. Reconciliation 255 35. Giving Gifts 259 36. Sincerity 263 37. Visiting the Sick 274 38. Thinking Well of People 279 39. Observing the Rights of the Street 285 40. Listening and Obeying 294 Conclusion 322 Bibliography 326 Glossary of Islamic terms 329