The Branches of Faith
Ibn Hajar said in Fath al-Bari , the commentary on al-Bukhari and Qadi 'Iyad said that a some people have attempted to enumerate these branches through ijtihad . That is quite difficult to do.
Ibn Hajar said that there is not a single agreed-on manner of counting these branches. He says that the most correction in his view is that which was followed by Ibn Hibban. There is a summary of what they mention about these branches will are divided into: branches the actions of the heart, the actions of the tongue, and the actions of the body.
The actions of the heart
These include beliefs and intentions. They consist of twenty-four qualities:
2. Belief in His angels, His books and Messengers, and the decree of good and evil
3. Belief in the Last Day
4. Belief in the questioning in the grave, the Resurrection, the Gathering, Reckoning, Balance, Sirat and the Garden and the Fire.
5. Love of Allah
6. Loving and hating in Allah.
7. Love for the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace,
8. The belief that he should be esteemed. That includes the prayer on him and following his Sunna .
10. Lack of showing-off and hypocrisy
17. Contentment with the Decree
18. Reliance on Allah
20. Humility, which includes respect for the old and mercy to the young
21. Abandoning pride and arrogance
22. Abandoning envy
23. Abandoning malice
24. Abandoning anger
The actions of the tongue
These include seven qualities:
2. Recitation of the Qur'an
3. Teaching knowledge
4. Learning knowledge
6. Dhikr , which includes asking forgiveness
7. Avoiding foolish talk
The actions of the body
They include thrity-eight qualities, of which fifteen apply to individuals:
2. The prayer, obligatory and voluntary
4. Freeing slaves
5. Generosity, which includes feeding people and being generous to the guest
6. Fasting, obligatory and voluntary
11. Seeking the Night of Power
12. Fleeing for the sake of the deen which includes hijra from the Abode of shirk
13. Fulfilling vow
14. Care for oaths
15. Performing kaffara
They include what is connected to dependents, which are seven qualities:
2. Taking care of the rights of the family
3. Dutifulness to parents, which include avoiding disobeying them
4. Care for children
5. Maintaining ties of kinship
6. Obeying masters
7. Gentleness to slaves
They include what is connected to general behaviour which consists of seventeen qualities:
2. Following the Community
3. Obeying those in authority
4. Making peace between people, which includes fighting rebels and Kharijites
5. Helping one another to piety, which includes commanding the correct and forbidding the bad
6. Establishing the hudud
7. Jihad , which includes ribat (manning the frontiers)
8. Carrying out the trust, which includes performing the five prayers
9. Loans and repaying them
10. Generosity towards neighbours
11. Good behaviour, which includes getting money from what is lawful
12. Spending wealth properly, which includes lack of squandering and extravagance
13. Returning the greeting
14. Blessing the person who sneezes
15. Refraining from harming people
16. Avoiding diversion
17. Removing harmful things from the road
These are 69 qualities and they can be counted as 70.
In the version of Muslim, "The highest of them is 'There is no god but Allah' and the least is removing something harmful from the road."
This indicates that there is disparity in their ranking. Allah knows best.