On Good Character

The following is extracted and adapted from Muwatta of Imam Malik bin Anas (r.a.)

Allah says:

…establish regular Prayer: for Prayer restrains from shameful and unjust deeds; and remembrance of Allah is the greatest (thing in life) without doubt. And Allah knows the (deeds) that ye do. [Quran 29:45]


…It is righteousness- to believe in Allah and the Last Day, and the Angels, and the Book, and the Messengers; to spend of your substance, out of love for Him, for your kin, for orphans, for the needy, for the wayfarer, for those who ask, and for the ransom of slaves; to be steadfast in prayer, and practice regular charity; to fulfil the contracts which ye have made; and to be firm and patient, in pain (or suffering) and adversity, and throughout all periods of panic. Such are the people of truth, the Allah-fearing. [Quran 2:177]


Those who spend (freely), whether in prosperity, or in adversity; who restrain anger, and pardon (all) men;- for Allah loves those who do good [Quran 3:134]


Ye have indeed in the Messenger of Allah a beautiful pattern (of conduct) for any one whose hope is in Allah and the Final Day [Quran 33:21]

Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him said: “On the Day of Resurrection, nothing will be heavier in the scale (of good deeds) of the believer than good conduct.  God hates the one who swears and hurls obscenities.” [Appears in Abu Dawud, Al-Tirmidhi]

Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “The most beloved people to God are those who have the best manners.” (Appears in Al-Hakim)

Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: Shall I tell you about the most beloved of you to me and closest to my assembly on the day of Resurrection”?
“Those with the best character” [Musnad Ahmed] 

Yahya (r.a) related to me from Malik (r.a) that Mu’adh ibn Jabal (r.a) said, “The last advice the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) gave me when I put my foot in the stirrup was that he said, ‘Make your character good for the people, Mu’adh ibn Jabal!’ ” [Muwatta]

Yahya (r.a) related to me from Malik (r.a) from Ibn Shihab (r.a) from ‘Urwa ibn az-Zubayr (r.a) that ‘A’isha (r.a), the wife of the Prophet said, “The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) did not have to choose between two matters but that he chose the easier of them as long as it was not a wrong action. If it was a wrong action, he was the furthest of people from it. The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) did not take revenge for himself unless the limits of Allah were violated. Then he took revenge for it for Allah.” [Muwatta, Bukhari]

Yahya (r.a) related to me from Malik (r.a) from Ibn Shihab (r.a) from ‘Ali ibn Husayn ibn ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib (r.a) that the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said, “Part of the excellence of a man’s Islam is that he leaves what does not concern him.” [Muwatta, Ibn Majah, At Tirmidhi] 

Yahya r.a) related to me from Malik (r.a) that Yahya ibn Sa’id (r.a) heard Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) say, “That by his good character a man can reach the degree of someone who stands in prayer at night and who is thirsty from fasting in the heat of the day.” [Muwatta, Abu Dawud]

Yahya (r.a) related to me from Malik (r.a) that Yahya ibn Sa’id (r.a) said that he heard Sa’id ibn al-Musayyab (r.a) say, “Shall I tell you what is better than much prayer and sadaqa?” They said, “Yes.” He said, “Mending discord. And beware of hatred – it strips you (of your deen).” [Muwatta]

Yahya (r.a) related to me from Malik (r.a) that he had heard that the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said, “I was sent to perfect good character.” [Muwatta] 

 

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s