The Number 3 in the Sunnah

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

This is part one of a two-part series for, enumerable Jewels of Guidance, which mentions different acts from the Quran and the Sunnah in number. These numbers show certain actions and belief which any Muslim can learn and act by. The number three in the Sunnah is divided into 2 parts. The 1st part covers Iman, Law and good character. I’ve divided it up to make it easy for the reader to learn and practice and memorize.  Each hadith has 3 things the Muslim should either, do, believe or avoid, so for that reason I named it, “ The Number 3 in the Sunnah”

I pray that Allah accepts it from and that this series is resourceful for my family, brothers, and sisters around the World.

Prepared by Abu Aaliyah Abdullah Battle



3 things  that grant you Jannah

فَقَالَ : يَا أَبَا سَعِيدٍ ثَلاَثَةٌ مَنْ قَالَهُنَّ : دَخَلَ الْجَنَّةَ قُلْتُ : مَا هُنَّ يَا رَسُولَ اللهِ ؟ قَالَ : مَنْ رَضِيَ بِاللَّهِ رَبًّا ، وَبِالإِسْلاَمِ دِينًا ، وَبِمُحَمَّدٍ رَسُولاً

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) told Abu Sa’eed there are three things that if a person says them will enter Jannah.Abu Saeed asked what are they? He replied; say “I pleased with Allah as my Lord. Islam as my religion, and Muhammad as my messenger.[1]


3 things that show Iman

عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ ‏”‏ ثَلاَثٌ مَنْ كُنَّ فِيهِ وَجَدَ حَلاَوَةَ الإِيمَانِ أَنْ يَكُونَ اللَّهُ وَرَسُولُهُ أَحَبَّ إِلَيْهِ مِمَّا سِوَاهُمَا, وَأَنْ يُحِبَّ الْمَرْءَ لاَ يُحِبُّهُ إِلاَّ لِلَّهِ, وَأَنْ يَكْرَهَ أَنْ يَعُودَ فِي الْكُفْرِ كَمَا يَكْرَهُ أَنْ يُقْذَفَ فِي النَّارِ ‏”‏‏.‏

The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Whoever possesses the following three qualities will have the sweetness (delight) of faith:

  1. The one to whom Allah and His Messenger are dearer to him than anything else.
  2. Who loves a person and he loves him only for Allah’s sake.
  3. Who hates to revert to Atheism (disbelief) as he hates to be thrown into the fire.”[2]


3 things that confirm faith


قَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ : ثَلاَثٌ إِذَا كُنَّ فِي الرَّجُلِ فَهُوَ الْمُنَافِقُ الْخَالِصُ : إِنْ حَدَّثَ كَذَبَ ، وَإِنْ وَعَدَ أَخْلَفَ ، وَإِنِ اؤْتُمِنَ خَانَ ، وَمَنْ كَانَتْ فِيهِ خَصْلَةٌ مِنْهُنَّ ، لَمْ يَزَلْ – يَعْنِي – فِيهِ خَصْلَةٌ مِنَ النِّفَاقِ ، حَتَّى يَدَعَهَا.

Anyone who has these three traits is a hypocrite:

1: Whenever he speaks he lies

2: whenever he makes a promise he breaks it

3: Whenever he entrusted with something he proves treacherous.[3]


3 Things of Iman that prevent burning in Hell for eternity


قَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ  ثَلاَثٌ مَنْ كُنَّ فِيهِ حُرِّمَ عَلَى النَّارِ ، وَحُرِّمَتِ النَّارُ عَلَيْهِ : إِيمَانٌ بِاللَّهِ ، وَحُبُّ اللهِ ، وَأَنْ يُلْقَى فِي النَّارِ فَيُحْرَقَ أَحَبُّ إِلَيْهِ مِنْ أَنْ يَرْجِعَ فِي الْكُفْرِ.

The Messenger (ﷺ) said: Whoever has these three traits won’t burn in Hell

1: Belief in Allah

2: Loves Allah

3: Being thrown into the fire and burnt is more beloved to him than to apostate.[4]


قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ:”ثَلاثَةٌ لا تَرَى أَعْيُنُهُمُ النَّارَ: عَيْنٌ حَرَسَتْ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ، وَعَيْنٌ بَكَتْ مِنْ خَشْيَةِ اللَّهِ، وَعَيْنٌ غَضَّتْ عَنْ مَحَارِمِ اللَّهِ”

The Messenger (ﷺ) said: There are three kinds of eyes that won’t see the fire.

1: The ones that stand guard for Allah’s path

2: The eyes that cry out of fear of Allah

3: The eyes that avoid looking at Allah’s Prohibitions.[5]


3 Things Allah Loves & Hates for Muslims


أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ ‏ “‏ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَرْضَى لَكُمْ ثَلاَثًا وَيَسْخَطُ لَكُمْ ثَلاَثًا يَرْضَى لَكُمْ أَنْ تَعْبُدُوهُ وَلاَ تُشْرِكُوا بِهِ شَيْئًا وَأَنْ تَعْتَصِمُوا بِحَبْلِ اللَّهِ جَمِيعًا وَأَنْ تَنَاصَحُوا مَنْ وَلاَّهُ اللَّهُ أَمْرَكُمْ وَيَسْخَطُ لَكُمْ قِيلَ وَقَالَ وَإِضَاعَةَ الْمَالِ وَكَثْرَةَ السُّؤَالِ ‏”‏ ‏.‏

The Messenger of Allah,[ ﷺ], said, “Allah is pleased with three things from you, and He is angry with three things from you. He is pleased that you worship Him and do not associate anything with Him, and that you take hold of the rope of Allah all together, and that you give good counsel to the one to whom Allah gives command over you. He is angry with you for gossip, squandering property, and asking too many questions.[6]




When is a Muslim’s blood lawful?


قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ “‏ لاَ يَحِلُّ دَمُ امْرِئٍ مُسْلِمٍ يَشْهَدُ أَنْ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ وَأَنِّي رَسُولُ اللَّهِ إِلاَّ بِإِحْدَى ثَلاَثٍ الثَّيِّبُ الزَّانِ وَالنَّفْسُ بِالنَّفْسِ وَالتَّارِكُ لِدِينِهِ الْمُفَارِقُ لِلْجَمَاعَةِ ‏”‏ ‏.‏


The Messenger of Allah :It is not permissible to take the life of a Muslim who bears testimony (to the fact that there is no god but Allah, and I am the Messenger of Allah, but in one of the three cases: the married adulterer, a life for life, and the deserter of his Din (Islam), abandoning the community.[7]


When a person isn’t responsible for his deeds


قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ “‏ يَتْبَعُ الْمَيِّتَ ثَلاَثَةٌ أَهْلُهُ وَمَالُهُ وَعَمَلُهُ فَيَرْجِعُ اثْنَانِ أَهْلُهُ وَمَالُهُ وَيَبْقَى وَاحِدٌ عَمَلُهُ ‏”‏ ‏.‏

The Messenger of Allah said: ‘The dead person is followed by three: His family, his wealth and his deeds. Then two of them come back: His family and his wealth, and there remain only his deeds.[8]


Three kinds of Judges

أَنَّ النَّبِيَّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ ‏ “‏ الْقُضَاةُ ثَلاَثَةٌ قَاضِيَانِ فِي النَّارِ وَقَاضٍ فِي الْجَنَّةِ رَجُلٌ قَضَى بِغَيْرِ الْحَقِّ فَعَلِمَ ذَاكَ فَذَاكَ فِي النَّارِ وَقَاضٍ لاَ يَعْلَمُ فَأَهْلَكَ حُقُوقَ النَّاسِ فَهُوَ فِي النَّارِ وَقَاضٍ قَضَى بِالْحَقِّ فَذَلِكَ فِي الْجَنَّةِ ‏”‏ ‏.‏

The Prophet (ﷺ) said:

“The judges are three: Two judges that are in the Fire, and a judge that is in Paradise. A man who judges without the truth, and he knows that. This one is in the Fire. One who judges while not knowing, ruining the rights of the people. So he is in the Fire. A judge who judges with the truth, that is the one in Paradise.[9]


Good Character

قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ “‏ ثَلاَثَةٌ لاَ يُكَلِّمُهُمُ اللَّهُ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ الشَّيْخُ الزَّانِي وَالْعَائِلُ الْمَزْهُوُّ وَالإِمَامُ الْكَذَّابُ ‏”‏ ‏.‏

The Messenger of Allah said: “There are three to whom Allah, it Mighty and Sublime, with not speak on the Day of Resurrection: An old man who commits adultery, a poor man who is arrogant, and an Imam who tells lies.”‘[10]


فَقَالَ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏”‏ سَأَلْتُ رَبِّي ثَلاَثًا فَأَعْطَانِي ثِنْتَيْنِ وَمَنَعَنِي وَاحِدَةً سَأَلْتُ رَبِّي أَنْ لاَ يُهْلِكَ أُمَّتِي بِالسَّنَةِ فَأَعْطَانِيهَا وَسَأَلْتُهُ أَنْ لاَ يُهْلِكَ أُمَّتِي بِالْغَرَقِ فَأَعْطَانِيهَا وَسَأَلْتُهُ أَنْ لاَ يَجْعَلَ بَأْسَهُمْ بَيْنَهُمْ فَمَنَعَنِيهَا ‏”‏ ‏.‏

The Messenger of Allah: I asked my Lord three things and He has granted me two but has withheld one. I begged my Lord that my Ummah should not be destroyed because of famine and He granted me this. And I begged my Lord that my Ummah should not be destroyed by drowning (by deluge) and He granted me this. And I begged my Lord that there should be no bloodshed among the people of my Ummah, but He did not grant it.[11]




3 things you should accept if someone offers them to you


قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ “‏ ثَلاَثٌ لاَ تُرَدُّ الْوَسَائِدُ وَالدُّهْنُ وَاللَّبَنُ ‏”‏ ‏

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “There are three that are not refused: Cushions, oils [Duhn (fragrance)], and milk.”[12]


3  rights between Muslims

عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ : ثَلاَثٌ كُلُّهُنَّ حَقٌّ عَلَى كُلِّ مُسْلِمٍ : عِيَادَةُ الْمَرِيضِ ، وَشُهُودُ الْجَنَازَةِ ، وَتَشْمِيتُ الْعَاطِسِ إِذَا حَمِدَ اللَّهَ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ.

The Messenger [ﷺ] said all three of these things are the rights of every Muslim.

  1. Visit the sick
  2. Follow his funeral prayer
  3. Make dua after he praises Allah when sneezing.[13]


3 things a Muslim should do


النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ أَنَّهُ قَالَ : ثَلاَثٌ حَقٌّ عَلَى كُلِّ مُسْلِمٍ : الْغُسْلُ يَوْمَ الْجُمُعَةِ ، وَالسِّوَاكُ ، وَيَمَسُّ مِنْ طِيبٍ إِنْ وَجَدَ

The Prophet[(ﷺ)] said: There are three things every Muslim should do:

  1. Perform Ghusl on Friday
  2. Use Siwak
  3. Use perfume is he has any.[14]

prepared by Abu Aaliyah Abdullah ibn Dwight Battle

to be continued insha Allah


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[1] [ Ahmed 3:14]

[2] Al-Bukhari:16

[3] Ahmed/2/200

[4] Ahmed/3:113


[6]  Muwatta of Imam Malik, Book 56, Hadith 1833

[7] [Al-Bukhari 6878 muslim 1676]

[8] Al-Bukhari 6514, Muslim 79]

[9] (At-Tirmithi 1322)

[10] Sunan an-Nasa’i 2575

[11] [Sahih Muslim 2890]

[12] [ At-Tirmithi :2790]

[13] Adabul Mufrad

[14] Ahmed 4/34

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