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A Collection of Hadith on

Non-Violence, Peace and Mercy

The Words of The Prophet Muhammad [peace be upon him]


  • What actions are most excellent? To gladden the heart of a human being, to feed the hungry, to help the afflicted, to lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful, and to remove the wrongs of the injured.

  • The best of people is one from whom good accrues to humanity.

  • All God’s creatures are His family; and he or she is the most beloved of God who tries to do most good to God’s creatures.

  • Someone said to the Prophet, ‘Pray to God against the idolaters and curse them.’ The Prophet replied, ‘I have been sent to show mercy and have not been sent to curse.’

  • Every religion has a distinctive virtue, and the distinctive virtue of Islam is modesty.

  • Anyone who walks with a wrong doer in order to strengthen him knowing all the while that he is a wrong doer, has departed from Islam.

  • A perfect Muslim is one from whose tongue and hands mankind is safe, and a true emigrant [muhajir] is one who flees from what God has forbidden.

  • If you are able, keep your heart from morning till night and from night till morning free from malice towards anyone - Oh! My son [Anas], this is one of my laws, and he who loves my laws loves me.

  • The best of God's servants are those who, when seen, remind one of God; and the worst of God's servants are those who carry tales about to do mischief and separate friends, and seek for the defects of the good.

  • It is unworthy of a Mu’min [a person with faith] to injure people’s reputations; and it is unworthy to curse any one; and it is unworthy to abuse any one; and it is unworthy of a Mu’min to talk arrogantly.

  • All Muslims are as one person. If one complains of a pain in the head, the whole body complains; and if the eye complains, the whole body complains.

  • All Muslims are like one foundation, some parts strengthening others; in such a way they must support each other.

  • Assist your brother or sister Muslim, whether he be an oppressor or an oppressed. ‘But how shall we do it when someone is an oppressor?’ Muhammad said, ‘Assisting an oppressor is by forbidding and withholding that person from oppression.’

  • Certainly, people will follow you, and certainly people will come to you from all quarters of the earth to understand religion; when they come to you, guide them toward goodness.

  • The best jihad (lit. striving) is a just word before a tyrannical authority.

  • God’s kindness towards His creatures is more than a mother’s towards her baby.

  • Truly God instructs me to be humble and lowly and not proud, and no one should oppress others.

  • God is gentle and loves gentleness.

  • We were with the Prophet on a journey, and some men stood up repeating aloud, ‘God is most great;’ and the Prophet said, ‘O men, be easy on yourselves and do not distress yourselves by raising your voices; truly, you do not call to one deaf or absent, but truly to one who hears and sees; and He is with you; and He to whom you pray is nearer to you than the neck of your camel.

  • You will not enter paradise until you have faith; and you will not complete your faith, till you love one another.

  • A man asked, ‘O Prophet of God! What is faith?’ The Prophet said, ‘When your good work gives you pleasure, and your evil work grieves you, and you are a person of faith.’ The man said, ‘And what is sin?’ he said, ‘When anything disturbs you within yourself, forsake it.’

  • Faith is a restraint against all violence, let no Mu’min commit violence.

  • Anyone of you who sees wrong, let him undo it with his hand; and if he cannot, then let him speak against it with his tongue, and if he cannot do this either, then (let him abhor it) with his heart, and this is the least of faith.

  • He is true who protects his brother or sister both present and absent.

  • The proud will not enter paradise, nor a violent speaker.

  • God is not merciful to him who is not so to mankind.

  • Kindness is a mark of faith, and whoever has not kindness has not faith.

  • The Prophet Muhammad [pbuh] said, ‘My Cherisher has ordered me nine things: (1) To reverence Him, externally and internally; (2) to speak true, and with propriety, in prosperity and adversity; (3) moderation in affluence and poverty; (4) to benefit my relations and kindred who do not benefit me; (5) to give alms to him who refuses me; (6) to forgive him who injures me; (7) that my silence should be in attaining knowledge of God; (8) that when I speak, I should mention Him; (9) that when I look on God’s creatures, it should be as an example for them.’

  • Deal gently with the people, and be not harsh; cheer them and condemn them not.

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