The Mu’min has a

Beautiful Character

 

 

The Mu’min’s Character

﴿ وَإنَّكَ لَعَلَى خُلُقٍ عَظِيمٍ

“And verily, you (O Muhammad) are on an exalted                 (standard of) character.” [68:4]

Ummul Mu’mineen ‘Aisha described him (Peace be upon him):  “His character was just [a reflection of] the Qur’an.[1] And Anas (May Allah be pleased with him) said, “I served him (peace be upon him) for ten years, and he never said ‘Uff’ to me.”[2]

1.  The Best

Undoubtedly, the one endowed with good manners and character is second to none, as the Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) has said,

« إنَّ مِنْ خِيَارِكُمْ أحْسَنَكُمْ أخْلاَقاً »

“The best of you is the best among you in character.”[3]

2.  The Most Perfect

The person with good character, is also the one with a perfect Iman, as the Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) has said,

« أكْمَلُ المُؤمنينَ إيمَاناً أحسَنُهُمْ خُلُقاً »

“The most perfect believer in faith among the believers is the one whose character is most excellent.”[4]

3. The Rewards of Constant Praying & Fasting

On virtue of good character, you could be reckoned from those who are constantly at prayer or fasting, for the Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) has said,

« إنَّ المُؤْمِنَ لَيُدْرِكُ بحُسْنِ خُلُقِه دَرَجَةَ الصَّائِمِ القَائِمِ »

“A believer will attain by his good character the rank of one who prays during the night and observes fasting during the day.”[5]

4.  A House in the Highest Jannah

What’s more? The one with good character would receive the glad tidings of the Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) who said, “Anaa za’eemun” or I guarantee,

وَبِبَيْتٍ في أعلَى الْجَنَّةِ لِمَنْ حَسُنَ خُلُقُهُ » «

A house in the highest part of Jannah for one who has good character.”[6]

5.  The One for whom Hell-Fire is Forbidden

The Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) said, “Shall I not tell you whom the (Hell) Fire is forbidden to touch?”

« أَوْ بِمَنْ تَحْرُمُ عَلَيْهِ النَّار ؟ تَحْرُمُ عَلَى كُلِّ قَرِيبٍ ، هَيّنٍ ، لَيِّنٍ ، سَهْلٍ »

“It is forbidden to touch a man who is always accessible, having polite and tender nature.”[7]

Let all of us avert Hell-fire by being accessible and polite with everyone – be they our elders, our children, or our workers.

6.  The Dearest to the Prophet (Peace be upon him)

Could there be anything better than Allah’s Messenger (Peace be upon him) saying:

« إنَّ مِنْ أحَبِّكُمْ إليَّ ، وَأقْرَبِكُمْ مِنِّي مَجْلِساً يَوْمَ القِيَامَةِ ، أحَاسِنَكُم أخْلاَقاً » “The dearest and nearest among you to me on the Day of Resurrection will be one who is the best of you in character.”[8]

7.  Suppressing Anger

The Prophet (Peace be upon him) said,

« مَنْ كَظَمَ غَيظاً ، وَهُوَ قَادِرٌ عَلَى أَنْ يُنْفِذَهُ ، دَعَاهُ اللهُ سُبحَانَهُ وَتَعَالى عَلَى رُؤُوسِ الْخَلائِقِ يَومَ الْقِيامَةِ حَتَّى يُخَيِّرَهُ مِنَ الْحُورِ الْعِينِ مَا شَاءَ »

“The one who suppresses his anger when he was capable of giving vent to it, will be called out by Allah Ta’ala before all the creatures on the day of resurrection; and he will be asked to choose any of the Hur-al ‘Ayn that he likes”.[9]

The patience of a few moments would bring for you, endless delights. And “the one who guides others to this will be rewarded equally like that of its doer.”[10] Remember dear brothers and sisters in Iman, “Whoever restrains his anger, Allah will restrain His punishment from him on Youmal Qiyamah.”[11]

And beautiful indeed are Imam Ibn Al-Jawziyyah’s words to conclude our focus on good character: “Be in this world as the bee: it eats only good, produces only good, and when it rests upon anything it neither ruins it nor deflowers it.”

 



[1] Recorded by Muslim, Abu Dawud and Ahmad

[2] Recorded by Al-Bukhari and Muslim

[3] Recorded by Al-Bukhari and Muslim

[4] Recorded by Tirmidhi who said it is hasan sahih

[5] Recorded by Abu Dawud

[6] Recorded by Abu Dawud

[7] Recorded by At-Tirmidhi who said it is hasan

[8] Recorded by At-Tirmidhi, who said it is hasan

[9] Recorded by Abu Dawud, Ahmad, Ibn Maajah and At-Tirmidhi who said it is hasan

[10] See Hadith 5, p. 40

[11] Recorded by Al-Bayhaqi and At-Tabrani in Al-Awsat

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