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PERFECTING OUR CHARACTER

Friday, 4 January 2013
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January 04:

Having good morals and manners is an essential requisite of our faith—and that takes much thought and effort.
The Beloved Messenger of Allaah sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam (may Allaah exalt his mention) said: “The best amongst you are the best in character and manners”
(Al-Bukhaari)

Improving our character, however, is not at all an easy task. One must go through rigorous self-discipline, monitoring, and education to reform our entire way of thinking and acting.

What is good character? How can we do good things? The simplest way to answer these questions is to look at the Messenger of Allaah sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam (may Allaah exalt his mention) as a role model. He sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam (may Allaah exalt his mention) is the perfect example of good character. Allaah says about him sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam (may Allaah exalt his mention) in the Quran (what means):
“You have indeed in the Messenger of Allah a beautiful pattern (of conduct) for any one whose hope is in Allah and the Final Day, and who engages much in the Praise of Allah.”
[Quran 33:21]

One salient attribute of the Prophet’s sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam (may Allaah exalt his mention) character was perfection—and that he sought perfection in everything he did. He sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam (may Allaah exalt his mention) was the best father, the best husband, the best leader, the best teacher, and the best friend. According to his Companions may Allaah be pleased with them he sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam (may Allaah exalt his mention) was known to be the most honest, patient, trustworthy, gracious, compassionate person of their time. His wonderful character gave him a magnetic personality that everyone around him loved dearly. The lesson for us is to perfect everything we do, however small. Even in mundane daily actions such as slaughtering animals for food.

Although he sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam (may Allaah exalt his mention) was the leader of all the Muslims, he was humble. He sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam (may Allaah exalt his mention) never belittled his Companions may Allaah be pleased with them. When someone would speak to him, he sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam (may Allaah exalt his mention) would turn around fully to talk. He sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam (may Allaah exalt his mention) did not answer carelessly while walking away nor did he merely turn his head towards them. When he sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam (may Allaah exalt his mention) shook hands with someone, he gripped with his whole hand and never was the first to release his grip. When speaking with him, he sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam (may Allaah exalt his mention) never was the first to look away. When he walked into a congregation, he sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam (may Allaah exalt his mention) never demanded to sit at the center or near the front. He sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam (may Allaah exalt his mention) just sat wherever he found space.

He sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam (may Allaah exalt his mention) encouraged his Companions may Allaah be pleased with them to be the best they could be. He sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam (may Allaah exalt his mention) brought out the best in all of his Companions may Allaah be pleased with them. He sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam (may Allaah exalt his mention) took people who used to bury their own babies alive and transformed them into compassionate, caring human beings. He sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam (may Allaah exalt his mention) did not accomplish this by sitting around and telling people what to do. Companions may Allaah be pleased with them emulated in his actions thus caused a domino effect.

There is a story of disbeliever who used to place filth in the path that the Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam (may Allaah exalt his mention) walked every morning. The Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam (may Allaah exalt his mention) would see it in his path until one day he did not. He sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam (may Allaah exalt his mention) though this was strange so he sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam (may Allaah exalt his mention) asked about this man. It turned out that he was ill so the Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam (may Allaah exalt his mention) went to visit him. Genuinely touched by the Prophet’s sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam (may Allaah exalt his mention) visit and sincere thought, the man declared his belief in the message of Muhammad sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam (may Allaah exalt his mention).

This teaches us that we should insist on being kindhearted to people, as much as we can, and do it with sincerity, sometimes even for those who are not nice to us. This is good character.

The way to establish a good moral code is to clear our heads of bad ideas and interpretations. We have to teach ourselves different and better ways to analyze ideas and events that we may come across. This may sound easy, but for most of us it requires intense training and effort. Let us look at some scenarios as examples. Let us say we are going out for a walk. We are walking along and we get stopped by a homeless person who asks us for money for food. Some of us will completely ignore this person and include him in a stereotype we might have of homeless people. We might think that this person will use the money for cigarettes or alcohol. We might even wonder why this person does not have a job like the rest of us. Enter our new and improved moral code—we can either give this person money for the sake of Allaah and ask him to buy food with it or we can run over to the nearest fast food restaurant and buy this person a meal.

The lesson here is to never turn away a person who asks you for help. This was the character of our beloved Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam (may Allaah exalt his mention).

Scenario number two:
A friend of yours trusts you with a secret that he/she thinks is important. You promise him/her not to tell anyone. Shortly after, you are speaking with a mutual friend and you think his/her secret would make a nice conversation topic. After all, you do not know why your friend is making such a big deal out of his/her little secret. Besides, you are going to make the person you are telling promise not to tell anyone, just like you did. Enter moral code and you stop, reminding yourself that a promise is a promise.
The lesson here is to be trustworthy, whether it is with feelings, thoughts, and emotions or with material possessions. This also was one of the Prophet’s sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam (may Allaah exalt his mention) great characteristics.

The last scenario takes place at a coffee shop. You are happily sipping your mocha latte and reading the newspaper when you look at the time and realize you are late for work. As you are scurrying to get your stuff together, you spill what is left of your latte. You tell yourself that it’s OK, one of the employees will eventually realize that there is a spill and clean it up. Enter your moral code that reminds you that someone can slip and fall on that. Further, cleanliness is a part of Islamic belief. So you take a minute or two to clean it up.

There are a couple lessons here. First, you prevented a possibly harmful slip and fall accident. The Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam (may Allaah exalt his mention) was reported as saying: “Eeman (belief) consists of sixty-some branches. The highest is the declaration of the shahaadah (testimony, that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah) and the lowest is the removal of harm out of the way” (Ahmad)
Second, you portrayed a positive image of Islam and Muslims.

Before we act or react to anything, we should ask ourselves: “What would the Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam (may Allaah exalt his mention) have done?” The prayer and fasting alone will not guarantee us Paradise. Righteous, positive character is Islamic character. Once we develop a more positive, Islamic approach on the events that occur, we will perfect our character.

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Deport him to Pakistan Punjab let him learn the basic of heat pad and Taliban will killed him same like the fate of Saddam Hussein where Gora find him hiding in public toilet and gutters, they are his half brothers, who we called them our leader, a shame to live and accept, the rowdies of modern time, goons, going rich day day and poor Muslim are dying day by day just to earn his halal bread, nothing is Islamic here, words or deeds only rowdyism.

I respect Muslim culture,and

I respect Muslim culture,and i ant to live happily with Muslim who are my friends, but why people like Mr Akbaruddin always for political gain spreading communal hate rate, why he forgot In care Hospital the doctor who saved him was hindu, the Nurse who served him was christian. and the place he is breathing is HINDUSTAN not london

Scoundrels exist in every society

You seem to be a non-Muslim from your write-up and therefore I thought that I should reply you. Listen brother, you are aware that in every society and every culture there are scoundrels who do not care for the society as they are self-centered and self caring. They love to build their mansions over the graves of their trusted people. We Muslims all know that what Mr. Owaisi has uttered about Hindu gods is not-correct and pure non-sense as our Islam never allows us to say bad about other religions. We condemn his deriding speech and we disown his utterances. The thought and words used by Mr. Owaisi were purely of his own and we do not agree with him on his deriding Hindu gods. We Muslims are taught to respect all religions and it is our duty and we do it. But, what Mr. Owaisi did was a political duty not a Muslim duty.

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