Removing a Branch from the Pathway

Fallen branchHadhrat Abu Hurayrah (Radhiyallahu Anhu) narrates that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) has said: “Once, there was a man walking along a pathway and his sight had fallen on a branch of a tree (lying in the middle of the road). He thought to himself that it is only right for me to remove this branch from the pathway of the Muslims so as to save them from any harm. It was on account of this seemingly minor act that Allah Ta’ala had forgiven him and pardoned his sins.” (Bukhaari)

عن أبي هريرة قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: الإيمان بضع وسبعون شعبة فأفضلها قول لا إله إلا الله وأدناها إماطة الأذى عن الطريق والحياء شعبة من الإيمان (مسلم رقم 35)

Hadhrat Abu Hurayrah (Radhiallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: Imaan consists of many branches, which exceed seventy in number. The most virtuous of all is proclaiming “There is no Deity worthy of worship besides Allah Ta’ala”, and the lowest branch is removing a harmful obstacle from the pathway, and Hayaa (modesty) is an extremely important branch of Imaan.   

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