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Who are the best people in Islam? Prophet Muhammad ﷺ has categorized 7 people who are the best among Muslims in different hadith.
One who pays off the debt
Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said: The best of you – or among the best of you – are those who pay off their debts in the best manner. – Sunan Ibn Majah 2423
This means that if we take a loan from someone, we shall pay off as per schedule and we shall be thankful to the person who helped us in time of need. One shall be vigilant to clear off all their debts.
Debt shall not be considered in monetary terms only. Kind gesture or a helpful act in time of need is also a loan due upon us which we shall repay in the best way.
One who is best for their wives
Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said: The best of you are those who are best to your women.- Jami` at-Tirmidhi 1162
This Hadith throws light upon the rights of women especially wives. A man who treats his wife in the kindest manner is one of the best Muslims
One who learns Quran and spreads it
Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said: The best among you is he who learns and teaches the Quran. – Sunan Abi Dawud 1452
We are not only to learn the Quran, get enlightened with its message but also we ought to spread its words.
We shall make other Muslims aware of message of Allah, we shall guide them to the correct path that is stipulated in the Quran.
One with best behavior
Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said: The best among the Muslims is the one who is best in manner and best in conduct. – Sunan Ibn Majah 4259
Behavior of a Muslim shall be according to teachings of Islam. People shall be inspired by him. His behavior and conduct should make people come towards Islam.
Also we are not to hurt anyone or cause trouble to others. Our behavior and conduct shall be such that no one is worried of it.
One whose goodness is sought
Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said: The best of you is the one whose goodness is hoped for, and people are safe from his evil. – Jami` at-Tirmidhi 2263
This Hadith also throws light on our behavior. We shall not trouble anyone so that people shall always remain protected from us. They shall not feel unprotected because of us in any manner. They shall think and hope well for us.
One with best character
Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said: The best amongst you are those who have the best manners and character. – Sahih al-Bukhari 3559
We need to focus on the words here, our character matters a lot. We shall have a pure character to become the best among the Muslims.
One who strives in way of Allah
Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said: Among the best of the people is a man who strives in the cause of Allah on the back of his horse, or on the back of his camel, or on his own two feet, until death comes to him. – Sunan an-Nasa’i 3106