Hadith on Virtue: The best deeds are prayer, goodness to parents, and righteous struggle

September 21, 2012

Abdullah ibn Mas’ud reported: I asked, “O Messenger of Allah, which deed is best?” The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Prayer in its proper time.” I asked, “What is next?” The Prophet said, “Good treatment of your parents.” I said, “What is next?” The Prophet said, “Jihād in the way of Allah.” I became silent and if I had asked him more, he would have told me.

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 2630, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 85

Grade: Muttafaqun Alayhi (authenticity agreed upon) according to Al-Bukhari and Muslim

عن عبد الله بن مسعود رضي الله عنه سَأَلْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قُلْتُ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ أَيُّ الْعَمَلِ أَفْضَلُ قَالَ الصَّلَاةُ عَلَى مِيقَاتِهَا قُلْتُ ثُمَّ أَيٌّ قَالَ ثُمَّ بِرُّ الْوَالِدَيْنِ قُلْتُ ثُمَّ أَيٌّ قَالَ الْجِهَادُ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ فَسَكَتُّ عَنْ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ وَلَوْ اسْتَزَدْتُهُ لَزَادَنِي

2630 صحيح البخاري كتاب الجهاد والسير باب فضل الجهاد والسير

85 صحيح مسلم كتاب الإيمان باب بيان كون الإيمان بالله تعالى أفضل الأعمال