1. Preserving the ties of kinship: " Whoever wishes that his
be increased and his age lengthened, let him maintain the ties of
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
2. Performing many prayers in the two noble Harams (in Makkah and
Madinah): "Prayer in this masjid of mine is superior to a
thousand prayers elsewhere, except for , and prayer
in Masjid al-Haram is superior to one hundred thousand prayers
elsewhere." [Ahmad and ibn Majah]
3. Performing prayers in congregation: "Prayer in congregation is
superior to praying individually twenty-seven times."
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
4. Praying `Isha and in congregation: "He who prays Isha' in
Jama'ah [congregation] is as if he has prayed for half the
night. As to him who (also) prays Fajr in congregation, it is as if
has prayed all night."
[Narrated by Malik and the wording is that of Muslim who also
5. Performing voluntary prayers at home: "Superiority of a man's
prayer in his home over his prayer when people see him is like the
superiority of an obligatory prayer over a voluntary one."
[Al-Bayhaqi, classed as Saheeh by al-Albani] "The most superior
prayer of a person is in his home, except for obligatory prayers."
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
6. Observing some manners of the day of Jumu`ah: "Whoever ghassala
(washes his head, and it is said: has intercourse with his
wife so that it be a means to lower the gaze from the haram that day)
on the day of Jumuah, then comes in the earliest time and before the
first khutbah, walks and doesn't ride, stays near the Imam, listens
and does not speak - for each step [he makes] he has actions of one
year, the reward of fasting and standing in prayer in it."
7. Salat ul-Ishraq: "Whoever prays al-ghadaa (i.e.al fajr) in
congregation, then sits remembering Allah until sunrise, then
prays two units of prayer, has a complete reward of and `Umrah
[The Prophet, sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam, repeated 'complete' three
times for emphasizing].
[At-Tirmidhi, classed as Saheeh by al-Albani]
8. Attending lectures in the mosque: "Whoever goes to the mosque not
desiring except to learn or teach what is good has the reward of a
pilgrim who completed his Hajj."
[At-Tabarani, classed as Saheeh by Al-Albani]
9. Performing `Umrah in the month of Ramadhan: "`Umrah in Ramadhan
is equal to a Hajj with me."
10. Performing obligatory prayers in the Mosque:
"Whoever leaves his home in a state of purity to perform obligatory
prayer, his reward is like that of a pilgrim (while) in the state of
ihram [i.e. he receives reward similar to that of spending time in
ihram during Hajj]. [Abu Dawud, classed as Saheeh by Al-Albani] So
one should be in a state of purity when leaving one's home, rather
than the place for ablution within the mosque, except due to
11. Being from the people of the first row in congregational
prayers: Irbad bin Saariyah, may Allah be pleased with him,
said: "The Messenger of Allah, sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam, used to
forgiveness for [the people of] the first row three times, and for
[the people of the] second row once."
[an-Nasa'i and Ibn Majah]. "Allah and His Angels
make salawat upon [the people of] the first row."
[Ahmad, with a good isnad]
12. Prayer in Masjid Qubaa' in Madinah: "Whoever purifies himself in
house then comes to Masjid Qubaa' and prays in it has the reward
like that of `Umrah."
[An-Nasa'i and Ibn Majah]
13. Saying what the caller to prayer says: "Say as they say [i.e.
to prayer], and when you finish, ask and you will be given."
[Abu Dawud and An-Nasa'i] That is, supplicate when you finish
repeating after the caller to prayer.
14. Fasting Ramadhan and following it with six days of
Shawwal: "Whoever fasts Ramadhan, then follows it with six (days) of
Shawwal, it is like fasting all the time."
15. Fasting three days each month: "Whoever fasts three days each
month, it s like fasting all the time." [At-Tirmidhi]. This
is supported by the verse, "Whoever comes with a good deed for him
is a tenfold [reward]." One day is being equal to ten days.
16. Providing food for breaking of the fast:
"Whoever provides food for
breaking of the fast of a fasting person receives
the reward of the
person, without the reward of the fasting person
being reduced in any
[At-Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah]
17. Standing in prayer on Laylatul-Qadr: "Laylatul
Qadr is better than a
thousand months" [Qur'an 97:3], that is, superior
to approximately 83
18. : "Standing of a man in a row (saff) in
the way of Allah is
superior to 60 years of worship." [Al-Hakim,
classed as Saheeh by
This is the superiority of standing in a row, so
what about one who fights
in the way of Allah for days, or months, or years?
19. Ribaat: "Whoever takes a post (at borders of
Muslim lands, where an
enemy may be expected) for a day and night in the
way of Allah has the
reward of fasting and standing in prayer for a
month, and whoever dies in
such a state receives a continuous reward similar
to it, and is [also]
rewarded with provision and saved from
al-Fattaan." [Related by Muslim]
Al-Fattaan is punishment of the grave.
20. Righteous actions in the first ten days of
Dhul Hijjah: "There are no
days in which righteous deeds are dearer to Allah
than these ten [days of
Dhul Hijjah]." They said, "O Messenger, even jihad
in the way of Allah?"
said, "Not even jihad in the way of Allah, except
for the man who leaves
with his wealth, and does not return with any of
it (life or wealth)."
21. Frequent recitation of Qur'anic soorahs: "Qul
Huwa'Llahu Ahad" is
to a third of the Qur'an and "Qul yaa ayyuha'l
Kaafiroon" is equal to a
fourth of the Qur'an." [At-Tabarani, classed as
Saheeh by Al-Albani]
22. Al-Istighfaar: "Whoever seeks forgiveness for
believing men and believing women, Allah will write for him a good
deed for each believing
man and believing woman." [At-Tabarani, classed as
Hasan by Al-Albani]
23. Fulfilling people's needs: "That I walk with
my Muslim brother in
[fulfilling his] need is dearer to me than being
in i`tikaf in the masjid
for a month." [Ibn Abi Dunya, classed as Hasan by
24. Dhikr: 'Subhaan Allah, wal-Hamdu li'Llah, wa
laa ilaaha ill
wa'Llahu Akbar' is dearer to me than what the sun
has risen upon. [Muslim]
25. Whoever enters a market and says: 'Laa ilaaha
ill Allah wahdahu laa
shareeka lah, lahul mulku wa lahul Hamdu yuhyi wa
yumeetu wa huwa Hayyun
laa yamoot, bi yadihil khayr, wahuwa `alaa kulli
shay'in qadeer' [there is nothing worthy of worship but Allah, He
without partner, to Him
belongs dominion and praise, he causes life and
death and He is the Living
and does not die. In His Hand is all the good, and
He is over all things
competent.] Allah will write for him a million
good deeds, erase a million
of his bad deeds and raise him a million levels."
[at-Tirmidhi, classed as
Hasan by al-Albani]