Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger of Allah (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was asked: Which of the deeds is the best?
He said: Faith in Allah and His Messenger. He was questioned: What is next? He replied: Striving in the cause of Allah. He was asked: What is thereafter? He replied: A blessed pilgrimage.
(Reported by Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
1. The hadith clarifies the virtue of believing in Allah and His Messenger. It also pinpoints the excellence of striving in the cause of Allah, saying that there is a great reward for it provided that it is made with sincere intention.
2. The hadith pinpoints the excellence of Hajj, saying that there is a great reward for it provided that it is made with sincere intention, not for showing off.