In the internet the following hadith is quite widespread

Do you know what is better than charity and fasting and prayer? It is keeping peace and good relations between people, as quarrels and bad feelings destroy mankind." (Muslims & Bukhari)

But there is no hadith number mentioned anywhere. Is this authentic? If it is in Sahih bukhari then which hadith number is this?

  • they teach it in schools too! i've searched for it too never found a hadith number
    – NesreenA
    Jul 22, 2012 at 13:26

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This one was tough to find a reference to, but it looks like this is the hadith being referred to:

عَنْ أَبِي الدَّرْدَاءِ، قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏"‏ أَلاَ أُخْبِرُكُمْ بِأَفْضَلَ مِنْ دَرَجَةِ الصِّيَامِ وَالصَّلاَةِ وَالصَّدَقَةِ ‏"‏ ‏.‏ قَالُوا بَلَى ‏.‏ قَالَ ‏"‏ إِصْلاَحُ ذَاتِ الْبَيْنِ وَفَسَادُ ذَاتِ الْبَيْنِ الْحَالِقَةُ ‏"‏

The Prophet (saws) said: “Do you want me to tell you of what is better than the rank of fasting, prayer and charity?” The Companions said, “Yes, O Messenger of Allaah. He said, “Making peace between people among whom there is discord, for the evil of discord is the shaver.”

This is in Sunan Abi Dawud 4919. There is another version in Jami` at-Tirmidhi 2509 which adds that the Prophet (saws) said

“It is the shaver, and I do not say that it shaves hair, but that it shaves (i.e., destroys) the deen (i.e. religious commitment).”

The version in Jami` Tirmidhi was authenticated as sahih by Shaykh al-Albani.

According to the translation on islamqa this refers to voluntary acts of fasting, prayer, and charity. Which makes sense because the obligatory versions are nothing less than the pillars of Islam.

  • +1 indeed I tried quite hard to find it but couldn't because it is incorrectly attributed to Sahih Bukhari and Muslim. Jul 24, 2012 at 18:11

Yes, here is one too: Abu'd-Darda' reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "Shall I tell you a degree better than prayer, fasting and sadaqa?" "Yes," they replied. He went to say, Improving a state of friendship. Causing discord in a state of friendship is what shaves things away."

حَدَّثَنَا صَدَقَةُ، قَالَ‏:‏ حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو مُعَاوِيَةَ، عَنِ الأَعْمَشِ، عَنْ عَمْرِو بْنِ مُرَّةَ، عَنْ سَالِمِ بْنِ أَبِي الْجَعْدِ، عَنْ أُمِّ الدَّرْدَاءِ، عَنْ أَبِي الدَّرْدَاءِ، عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ‏:‏ أَلاَ أُنَبِّئُكُمْ بِدَرَجَةٍ أَفْضَلَ مِنَ الصَّلاَةِ وَالصِّيَامِ وَالصَّدَقَةِ‏؟‏ قَالُوا‏:‏ بَلَى، قَالَ‏:‏ صَلاَحُ ذَاتِ الْبَيْنِ، وَفَسَادُ ذَاتِ الْبَيْنِ هِيَ الْحَالِقَةُ‏.‏ Grade : Sahih (Al-Albani) صـحـيـح (الألباني) حكم : Reference : Al-Adab Al-Mufrad 391 In-book reference : Book 21, Hadith 7 English translation : Book 21, Hadith 391

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