November 9, 2012
The Branches of imān are acts of worship (physical, intellectual, moral, social,and spiritual) that strengthen imān and qualify their authors to start their journey towards iḥsān. Scholars of ḥadith like al-Bayhaqi and al-Ḥulaymi compiled them and enumerated them in the sixties and seventies. In his “The Prophetic Model” [al-Minhāj an-Nabawi], Imam Abdessalam Yassine grouped them into seventy-seven branches. The latter are in their turn arranged in ten attributes [al-Khiṣāl al-‹Ashr] within a context of training the mūminūn and the mūmināt (physically, intellectually, morally, socially, and spiritually) to ascend the three stages of Islam (islām, imān, and iḥsān). The ascent is done inseparably from serving the other top-priority objective of uniting the ummah worldwide.