[11] Hadith Eleven

The Prophet's Recommendation Of Godwariness In Private and In Public

It is narrated from Mu'adh - Allah be well-pleased with him -- that Allah's Messenger said: "Be wary of Allah wherever you are. Follow up your wrongdoing with a good deed which shall erase it. Treat people with great kindness."

Al-Tirmidhi narrated it and said it is hasan sahih.

Al-Tabarani also narrated, with a chain from Abu Salama whose narrators are trustworthy, from Mu'adh - Allah be well-pleased with him: "I said: 'O Messenger of Allah, advise me.' He replied: 'Worship Allah as if you see Him. Count yourself among the dead. Remember Allah at every rock and every tree. If you did wrong, then do good next to it; secret for secret, open deed for open deed.'"

The above wording is that of al-Targhib. The author said: "Abu Salama did not actually meet Mu'adh."

Allah's blessings and peace on the Prophet., his Family, and his Companions

Dr. G.F. Haddad

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