Seventy-seven branches of Imaan


 Seventy-seven branches of Imaan

Seventy-seven branches of Imaan have been counted below. The below list has been prepared mainly from the commentary of Allama Ainee (Rahmatullah alalh) on Bukhari Shareef, wherein these things are mentioned in their order of merit. Selection has been made also from other books, i.e. Fathal-ul-bari of Ibn Hajar and Mirkat of Allarnah Qari. Scholars have written that the implied essential Imaan are as given above. One should ponder over and be thankful to Almighty Allah for the good acquired already, because all goodness is possible through His Grace and Mercy In case of deficiency in of any quality, one should strive for it and  that Almighty Allah may grace him with His blessings.




l. To believe in Allah-in His Being and His Attributes, and that He is One, has no partner, and none like of Him.

2. To believe that all things, except Him, were created afterwards by Him, and that only He has been there forever.

3.To believe in the angels.

4. To believe in the revealed Books.

5. To believe in the Apostles of Allah.

6. To believe in the Destiny, i.e. whether good or bad, it is ordained by Allah.

7. To believe in the life after death, including interrogation in the grave, punishment in the grave, resurrection, the Day of Judgment, rendering account of ones deeds, and passing over the Siraat Bridge.

8. To believe in the existence of Paradise, and that (by the grace of Almighty Allah) the believers will live in it for ever.

9.To believe in the existence of Hell, with its severest punishments, and that it will last for ever.

10. To love Almighty Allah.

11. To love or hate other people for the pleasure of Allah (i.e. to love the pious and hate the disobedient ones). It includes, of course, loving the Sahabah specially Muhajirs, Ansars, and descendants of Rasulullah (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam).

12. To love Rasulullah (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) which includes cherishing the highest esteem for him offering Durood on him, and following the Sunnah i.e. his way of life.

13. To practice Ikhlas, which includes avoiding show and hypocrisy.

14. To do Taubah' i.e. to repent over one's sins from the core of the heart, and to determine not to repeat them.

15. To fear Almighty Allah.

16. To hope and pray for the Mercy of Allah.

17. Not to despair of the mercy to be granted by Almighty Allah.

18. To remain thankful to Allah.

19, To be faithful in one's promise.

20. To exercise patience.

21. To show humility, which includes respect for the elders.

22. To show kindness and pity, which includes kindness to children.

23. To be resigned to one's fate.

24. To practice Tawakkul i.e. to depend on Almighty Allah

25. To refrain from self-praise and self aggrandizement. This includes self-reformation also.

26. Not to harbor rancors and jealousy against other.

27. To cultivate modesty (omitted by Ainee)

28. To restrain one's rage.

29. Not to deceive, cheat or suspect others.

30. To expel from one's heart the love of the worldly things, including that for wealth and status.

31.  Recitation of Kalimah Tayyabah.

32. Recitation of the Holy Qur'an.

33. Acquisition of 'Ilm' (Religious Knowledge).

34. Propagation of religious knowledge to others.

35. Duaa, i.e. supplication.

36. Zikr of Allah, including 'Istighfar'.

37. To abstain from loose and useless talk.

38. Observing cleanliness of body, clothes and place. The cleanliness of body includes perform Wudhu and obligatory bath, purification from menstruation and post birth blood.

39. Offering Salaat, including Fardh, Nafl and Kadhaa Salaat. This would mean offering and fulfilling its pre-requisites.

40.. Giving Sadaqah (Charity), which includes Zakaat, Sadaqah-tul-Fitr, voluntary alms, feeding people entertaining guests, and liberating slaves.

41. Fasting obligatory as well as Non-obligatory

42. Performing Hajj, obligatory or non-obligatory, It includes doing Umra and Tawaaf .

43. Perform Aitikaaf, (remaining in a mosque in full devotion), which includes search for Lailatul Qadr.

44. Leaving one's home for the defense of the Islam, this includes Hijrat (migration for the sake of Allah),

45.. Fulfilling one's vows.

46. Steadfastness in one's oaths.

47. Payment of atonement money, if due.

48. Covering the essential parts of the body, as required by Islam, during and outside Salaat.

49. Offering of sacrifice of animals and taking care of them

50. Making arrangements for the funeral.

51. Payment of debt. I5. Fair business dealings, and abstaining from usury.

52. Giving correct evidence, and not concealing the truth.

53. Getting married as a safeguard against adultery.

54. To discharge obligation towards one's family members, servants and subordinates

55. Good treatment towards one's parents and being kind and obedient to them.

56. Bringing up one's children in a proper way.

57. Remaining on good terms with one's relatives.

58. Obeying one's elders, and following their advice.

59.The third part includes eighteen essentials, which relates to our social obligations to society in generals

60. To rule one's domain with justice.

61. To support the rightful party.

62. To obey the rulers, provided their orders are not against religion.

63. To work for the betterment of mutual relations, including punishing the wrong doers and action against the rebels.

64. To help others in their noble deeds.

65. To enjoin the good and forbid the evil; it includes work and speech for propagation of religion.

66. To carry out the punishments enjoined by religion (for specific offenses).

67. To take part in Jihad i.e. to fight in the path of Allah It includes guarding the defense lines.

68.To pay off ?our dues and return the 'Amanat (Trust); this includes payment of Khums (payment of tax equal to one fifth of the booty).

69. To lend (to the needy) and to pay back the debt.

70. To discharge our obligations to our neighbors, and to be kind and helpful to them.

71. To be fair in one's business dealings; it includes savings and earnings in a lawful manner.

72. To be careful in expenditure; one Could guard against extravagance as well as miserliness.

73. To wish 'salam' and respond to the 'salam.'

74. To say Arhmukllah (May Allah have mercy on you) when somebody happens to sneeze.

75. Not to be the cause of trouble and loss to others

76. To avoid idle and useless pursuits.

77. To clear troublesome obstructions from the way