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Good Character

Sayyiduna Abu Huraira (RA) reported that the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam), said: “Shall I not tell you about the best of you?”

They said, “Of course, O Messenger of Allah.”

The Prophet continued: -

“Those of you with the longest lives and the best character.” [Ibnu Hibbaan]

Sayyiduna Al-Nawwas ibn Sam’an reports that the beloved of Allah Ta’ala (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) mentioned: -

“Righteousness is good character, ...” [Sahi Muslim]

In Islam, good and sound character cannot be over emphasised. After belief and worship, next in line is decent character. A person is recognised, and sometimes judged, by his/her character. A good and desirable character is not identified by one’s status rank, wealth, poverty or qualification/s. It is like a gem that is distinguished only via its exquisite beauty. Its shape, size or location is not important. Similar, is the person who has a startling, endearing and an awesome character.

Numerous Ahadeeth admonish us towards being like this gem, out of pride. Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) is on record as saying that he (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam), was sent as a model of good character so that the Ummah may benefit from the most wonderful and the most elegant character (akhlaaq) of our beloved Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam). One’s Iman (belief) is undoubtedly most fundamental to our Deen. However, without a good character, our Iman would be incomplete.

In many ways, a sound character is indeed an integral part of one’s ‘Ibadat (worship).

In the understanding of the hadeeth that a good character is, as good as fasting during the day and remaining in salaah at night ... Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) stated that: -

“... the best among you, are those who have the best manners and character.” [Sahih al-Bukhari]

It has also been reported that good character will weigh very heavily on the scales on the day of Qiyamah. Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam)

said that the person with a sound character will be close to me, while the person with an undesirable character will be far away from me.

In order to inculcate good character in one’s children, one needs to display it by his/her own actions, and not only, by education. It is thus simple logic that a teacher also cannot rely only on “teaching” his pupils. A well-informed teacher has to present a sound and gleaming practical life-style ... in, and out of school. Insha Allah, by adopting a “teach by deed”, and not only a “teach by word of mouth” will present positive outcomes of a sound education system.

Another important point is to shower love and softness whenever interacting with others. Our beloved Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) presented a super-perfect character throughout his entire blessed lifetime.

It is a well-established fact, that whenever one reflects and meditates upon the life of our beloved leader and master, Nabi Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam), then, one experiences: -

a unique and a soothing feeling;

an indescribable peace and tranquillity envelopes him/her;

a feeling of exquisite restfulness of his/her heart; and

an exceptional feeling as though one is being slowly drawn closer and closer to Allah Ta’ala)’s most beloved, Nabi-e-Akram, Janãb-e-Muhammad Mustupha (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam).

The Sahabi, Sayyiduna Anas bin Malik (RA) served Nabi Mustupha (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) for ten years, and that too, from a very young age. He was the only “outsider”, (meaning not an immediate family member) granted permission into the home of our Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam). This Companion (RA) says that he never heard The Master, (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam), ever utter even a sound of “uff” (tone and tenor of resentment and harshness) in any situation.

Additionally, the Nabi of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam), never reprimanded him, even though he occasionally made mistakes. This was even more significant when Sayyiduna Anas bin Malik (RA) was young and not fully mature. He was childish and playful. Having witnessed so much in the Mubarak (blessed) household of Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam), he states that there has never been, never will be, anyone with such a profound character (akhlaaq).

Perhaps the most astounding observations were made by a number of non-Muslim researchers, regarding the amazing and super-perfect character of Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam).

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