40 American Hadith – Hadith #1

Narrated by Abu Sa’id al-Khudri from Imam al-Suyuti’s al-Jami’ al-Saghir:

من حفظ على أمتي أربعين حديثا من سنتي أدخلته يوم القيامة في شفاعتي

“Whoever preserves forty hadith for my Ummah from my Sunnah, I will intercede for him on the Day of Judgment.”

The American Forty Hadith Project is a new effort to make Muslim scholarship not only available to the American Muslim (and non-Muslim) public, but to also make it speak to their reality. I hope to have this in a book format shortly so in the meantime, enjoy these podcasts:

Hadith #1

سألت عائشة رضي الله عنها ما كان النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم يصنع في بيته؟ قالت كان يكون في مهنة أهله تعني خدمة أهله. فإذا حضرت الصلاة خرج إلى الصلاة

“A’isha, may God be pleased with her, was asked, ‘In what way was the Prophet, may God send peace and blessings upon him, productive in his house?’ She replied, ‘He used to work for his family, meaning, he used to be in the service of his family. When the time for prayer came in, he would leave for prayer.'”

Recorded in Sahih al-Bukhari, #676.

3 Replies to “40 American Hadith – Hadith #1”

  1. Jazak Allahu khayran, this is a great idea! Looking forward to the collection and explanations. Just a side note, the audio was difficult to hear in the video (sounded like there was background noise).

  2. وعليكم السلام ورحمة الله

    بسم الله الحمن الرحيم

    @Naeem: I chose this hadith because it spoke to the private realities we all have to live as well as to our public realities. As I mentioned in the video, I feel that this hadith gives us an important window into the private life of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم. I have found, through my chaplaincy and couseling work, that many Muslims struggle with finding religious or spiritual meaning in their private lives. Many are looking to go from epiphany to epiphany, not realizing that there is much to be gained from the mundane (not to mention that most of their lives will be “mundane”). And yet, as we hear at the end of this hadith, working for his family or being in the service of his family, صلى الله عليه وسلم, did not detour the Prophet from his religious commitments or duties, عليه السلام.

    It’s to encourage us to look at our home lives and to reflect on this prophetic example and ask ourselves: are we at the disposal of our families and are we balancing that (say working, paying bills, etc.) with our dutiies to our Lord, personal and communal alike. For the American Muslim, particulary the convert, focusing on healthy families and legacy has not been at the forefront of our discussions. It’s concentrated more on the “miraculousness” of the conversion and has left out what does one do after one does embrace Islam? Five, ten, twenty years slide by and many converts still struggle with maintaining solid families and passing Islam on to their progeny. I’m sure the same can be said of non-convert American Muslims as well.

    I hope that helps.

    @Yusra: jazakallah. I will try and work on the audio component! Stay tuned.

  3. AA-

    Interesting project this 40 American Hadith. I pray it works out well.

    First question that springs to mind, why this hadith as the opening to your compilation? Obviously there is some method to your madness. 🙂

    The choice of the opening hadith is quite revelatory when looking at the famous hadith collections from the past. So what statement are you intending to make with this choice?

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