Hadith of the week – Good Character

Good character and conduct, akhlaq, is looked upon as something highly virtous and respectable in Islam, so much so, that in a hadith, the Prophet Muhammad (saw) said that “I have not been sent to perfect good akhlaq”.



Ibn Rajab says in his commentary: “Having good character is a characteristic of taqwa. Taqwa cannot be complete without it.. The Prophet (SAW) explicitly stated that Muslims must deal with people in a kind manner”



What is defined as good conduct (akhlaq) in Islam? It is divided into three different categories –

* Akhlaq with Allah – to acknowledge the infinite Blessings that has been bestowed Allah, the Creator, Sustainer and Nourisher of the heavens and the Earth, and everything in between – to worship Him Alone without any partners, and be mindful and concious of him – have taqwa – wherever you may be. Do good deeds and abstain from evil deeds even in secret.
o Do we prioritize Allah in our daily activities and lives? How much do we strive to yearn His pleasure and avoid the things that Anger Him?
* Akhlaq with one self – to repent (tawbat) to Allah for the sins that one commits, seeking forgiveness from Allah; constantly follow up one’s sins with good deeds; keep his honour and self-respect –
o Do you take the effort to beautify your own character? To admit your mistakes, improve yourself and learn from previous errors? Do you reflect and ponder upon the consequences of your actions? Do we perform acts of righteousness to strive to erase our evil deeds? Compare yourself, between who you are right now, and who you were yesterday, last week, last month or last year – are you any better off?
* Akhlaq with all creation – behave good naturedly towards others – both human and animals alike
o A prostitute who saw a dog dying of thirst, and out of her sympathy and love for the dog, assisted the dog to drink; she attained Paradise because of her deeds. Whereas a woman who kept a cat caged and tortured had earned Hellfire due to her wickedness, despite all her other good deeds.
o Helping others and being good to other people is an obligation of sadaqah, and one of the requirements of attaining Allah’s Mercy – so much so that, the Prophet said, “Allah will not be Merciful to those who are not Merciful with Mankind” (Al-Bukhari)
o Among some of the amazing characteristics of a Muslim’s conduct, is that, by his character, the Mukmin turns enemies into friends, opponents into companions, harsh people into those who are mild. In sahih Muslim, the Prophet said, “You will not enter Paradise (Jannah) until you believe; and you will not believe until you love one another, and you will not love one another until you promote peace among you”.



Dear Muslim brothers and sisters, do we not yearn to be the best of mankind?





- Biro Surau & Tarbiyah, BAKIP-SKO –



“Katakanlah (Wahai Muhammad, kepada sekalian manusia: ‘Jika kalian (benar-benar) cintakan Allah, ikutilah (sunnah & jejak langkah) aku, nescaya Allah akan mengasihi dan mengampunkan dosa-dosa kalian.” Dan Allah Maha Pengampun, lagi Maha Penyayang.

“Say (O Muhammad, to mankind) : ‘if you (really) love Allah, then follow me, Allah will love you and forgive you of your sins.’ And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Al’Imran 3:31)

Comments

brendannewlon said…
Check the Hadith, i think you mean "I have not been sent *EXCEPT* to perfect good akhlaq".

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