Hadith on Sincerity: The Pledge of Allegiance and its Obligations

📖Sahih al-Bukhari 57
Narrated Jarir bin Abdullah:
I gave the pledge of allegiance to Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) for the following:

1. offer prayers perfectly

2. pay the Zakat (obligatory charity)

3. and be sincere and true to every Muslim.

This hadith, from Sahih al-Bukhari, relates the story of Jarir bin Abdullah who gave the pledge of allegiance to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). In the pledge, he promised to fulfill three obligations: to offer prayers perfectly, pay Zakat (obligatory charity), and be sincere and true to every Muslim.

  1. The first obligation, offering prayers perfectly, emphasizes the importance of performing the five daily prayers with concentration, devotion, and excellence, as it is one of the most fundamental and obligatory acts of worship in Islam.
  2. The second obligation, paying Zakat, refers to the mandatory charity that Muslims must give to support the poor and needy, which is one of the five pillars of Islam.
  3. The third obligation, being sincere and true to every Muslim, highlights the importance of treating fellow Muslims with honesty, respect, and kindness, and avoiding any form of betrayal, deception, or ill-will towards others.

It is worth noting that although this hadith is not a direct quote from the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), it is considered to be an authentic narration as it is reported by a reliable companion of the Prophet. The Sahaba (companions of the Prophet) were known to accurately convey the teachings and practices of the Prophet, and their narrations are highly respected and regarded by Muslims as a source of Islamic knowledge and guidance