“Cheerfulness” Hadiths of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)

imagesCheerfulness is defined as “a state of being full of good spirits”. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) encouraged us to be cheerful in many hadiths. He (pbuh) taught us to be happy and to spread happiness to others:

  1. Abdullah bin Harith reported, “I have never seen a man who smiled as much as the Messenger of God “

(Recorded in Tirmithi # 2641)

2. “A smile is a charity.”

(The Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, as recorded in Bukhari)

3. “Do not belittle any act of kindness, even that of greeting your brother with a cheerful countenance.”

(The Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, as recorded in Muslim, At-Tirmidhi)

4. “Do not abuse anyone…Do not look down upon any good work, and when you speak to your brother, show him a cheerful face.”

(The Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, as recorded in Sahih Muslim: Book 032, Hadith 6359)

5. Anas narrates, “Allah’s Messenger had the best of manners. I had an adopted brother whose name was Abu Umair. He had a sick sparrow called Nughair. Allah’s Messenger used to be playful with him and ask him: “O Abu Umair, what has happened to your Nughair?” (A playful rhyme) 

(recorded in Bukhari)

6. A man once requested from the Prophet the use of a camel. The Prophet replied, “I can loan you a camel’s baby.”

“What use to me is a camel’s baby?” queried the man. Laughing, the Prophet quipped, “Isn’t every camel the baby of another?”

(Recorded in Abu Dawud, Adab, 92; Tirmizi, Birr, 57)

7. “Fear Allah wherever you are; if you follow an evil deed with a good one you will obliterate it; and deal with people with a good disposition.”

(The Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, as recorded in Tirmidhi #5083)

8. The Prophet would play with his grandchildren and carry them on his shoulders. Once when he was carrying Hasan on his shoulders, someone remarked, “O Hasan, what a great ride you have.” The Prophet smiled and replied, “And don’t you see what a great rider I have!”

(Recorded in Shamayal an-Nabi)

9. Jareer b. Abdullah said, “The Prophet did not prevent me from sitting with him since I accepted Islam. He always smiled when he looked at me. I once complained to him that I could not ride a horse and he hit me (gently) in my chest and prayed, ‘O God! Steady him, and make him a person who guides others and a source of guidance.”

(Recorded in Bukhari #5739)

10. “Much silence and a good disposition, there are no two things better than these.”

(The Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, as recorded in Bukhari)

11. “Shall I tell you of him who will be shut out from the fire (of hell)? Every quiet, good-natured fellowman.”

(The Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, as recorded in Tirmidthi)

12. “The most beloved of people according to Allah is he who brings most benefit to people, and the most beloved of deeds according to Allah the Mighty, the Magnificent, is that you bring happiness to a fellow Muslim, or relieve him of distress, or pay off his debt or stave away hunger from him. It is more beloved to me that I walk with my brother Muslim in his time of need than I stay secluded in the mosque for a month.”

(the Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, recorded in Tabarani – Hasan, Silsilah Saheeha, Al-AlBani)

The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was a cheerful man. He encouraged us to smile and to be good-natured. Even meeting another person with a cheerful disposition is a powerful act of kindness.



  1. Sr.Sana

    Mashallah. I love your blog!
    Keep up the good work!
    May Allah bless you.

    1. Sheima (Post author)

      May Allah bless you too! Your comment really made my day! Thank you 🙂

  2. Shayma

    Aslm, beautiful reminders, may Allah grant us the ability and excellent character of our Beloved Rasool, peace and blessings upon him,keep up the good work, maa shaa Allah!

    1. Sheima (Post author)

      Wa alaikum as salam, ameen to your beautiful dua, thank you for your kind comment

  3. Hakibu

    Beautiful. May Allah reward you

    1. Sheima (Post author)

      Thank you, May Allah bless you too


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