WHO IS A COMPLETE BELIEVER?
by Abu Luqman
The commentary given on this Hadith by numerous classical scholars like Imam Suyooti, Imam lbn-Hibbaan, Allamah Kirmani and others who have scrutinized the Quraan and Sunnah, found much more than 70 branches of lmaan. Allamah lbn-Hajar Al- Asqalani has also enumerated the same in his famous commentary of Bukhari, Fathul-Baari.
The following are the branches of !man:
1) Imaan in: Allah
2) His angels
3) His books
4) His messengers
5) Belief in predestination.
6) The last day.
7) Resurrection after death.
81 To love Allah.
9) To love someone for the sake of Allah and to hate someone for the sake of Allah.
10) To love Nabi (SAW).
11) To respect and honour Nabi (SAW).
12) To send Durood upon Nabi (SAW).
13) To follow the Sun
nah of Nabi (SAW).
14) To have sincerity.
15) To abstain from Riya (showing off).
16) To abstain from hypocrisy.
17) To make Toubah.
8) To fear Allah.
19) To have hope in the mercy of Allah.
20) To be grateful to the favours of Allah.
21) To fulfill ones promise.
22) To adopt Sabr (patience).
23) To be content with the decree of Allah.
24) To be modest.
25) To have Tawakkul (trust) in Allah.
26) To be merciful.
27) To have humility.
28) To respect the elderly.
29) To have mercy on the young.
30) To abstain from pride.
31) To shun self conceit.
32) To desist from jealousy.
33) To refrain from hatred.
34) To suppress one’s anger.
35) To verbalize the unity of Allah.
36) To recite the Quraan.
37) To learn and teach the knowledge of Deen.
38) To make dua. 39) To make the Dhi kr of Allah.
40) To seek forgiveness from Allah.
41) To abstain from vain talk.
42) To purify oneself physically and spiritually.
43) Abstaining from all kinds of impurities.
44) Concealing one’s Awrah (private parts).
45) Performing the compulsory and voluntary salaats.
46) Discharging the Zakaat and Sadaqah.
47) To free slaves. 48) To be generous.
49) Feeding the poor. 50) To be a good host.
51) To keep compulsory and voluntary fasts.
52) To remain in l’tikaaf.
53) To seek the Night of Laylatul-Qadr.
54) To perform Haj and Umrah.
55) To make Tawaaf and Sa’ee.
56) To make haste (to fulfil aspects of Deen).
57) To make the Hijrah (migration).
58) To fulfill one’s vows. 59) To examine one’s Imaan.
60) To fulfill one’s Kaffaarah (atonements).
61) To seek chastity through nikah.
62) To fulfill the rights of one’s family.
63) To be obedient to one’s parents.
64) To give a good upbringing to one’s children.
65) Joining ties with one’s family.
66) Obedience to one’s lead-ers.
67) To be kind to one’s slaves.
68) To establish leadership with justice.
69)To follow the Jama’ah (general body of Muslims).
70) To be obedient to those in authority.
71) To reconcile between people.
72) To fight the Khawaarij (people who dissented with the general body of Muslims).
73) To fight the rebels (those who have rebelled against the legitimate Muslim state).
74) To assist each other in righteousness.
75) To command with the good and forbid from evil.
76) To establish the Hudood (laws of Allah).
77) To establish Jihaad (fighting the enemies of Allah on all battlefronts)
78) To establish a garrison (for the army).
79) To discharge all trusts.
80) To discharge the Khumus (one fifth of war booty given in Allah’s cause).
81) To grant loans to people (without interest).
82) To fulfill one’s debts.
83) To honour the neighbour.
84) To have good dealings with people.
85) To obtain wealth from Halaal means.
86) To spend the wealth, in its rightful place.
87) To abstain from wastage.
88) To reply to the salaam.
89) To reply to the one who sneezes.
90) To abstain from causing harm to people.
91) To abstain from entertainment.
92) to remove harmful objects from the road.
Many muslims have grown up thinking that Imaan is only confined to the seven articles of faith and everything else besides them holds no real importance in the life of a true believer.
It is therefore important that one should ponder and reflect over these branches, which arise from the many branches of Imaan and examine oneself.
If these qualities are found within us then we should be extremely grateful to Almighty Allah, and if not, then we should try to adopt these branches of Imaan in ones life.
Only then will the person be considered a complete and perfect believer in the sight of Allah Subhanahu Wa’ta’aala.
May Allah Ta’ala instill within us all these noble qualities of Imaan, and may He not make us selective in this one and only quintessential attribute of deen. Aameen!