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Emphasis of Good Character and Manners in Islam

Islam is not just a set of rituals or beliefs; it is a comprehensive way of life that emphasises the importance of good character and manners. The teachings of Islam, as conveyed through the Quran and Hadith collections, provide invaluable guidance on how to conduct oneself with integrity, kindness, and compassion.
The Prophet Muhammed said: “Nothing is heavier upon the scale of good deeds on the day or judgement than Good character, truly Allah hates the vulgar and the obscene.”
Good character and manners hold a central place in Islam, reflecting the inner beauty of a person’s heart. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) emphasised the significance of good character, stating, 
“The best among you are those who have the best manners and character” (Sahih Bukhari).
Islam encourages its followers to be kind and compassionate towards all beings, whether human or animal. 
There is no Muslim who plants a tree or sows seeds and then a bird, or a person, or an animal eats from it except that it is regarded as a charity for him. “ — Sahih Bukhari
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, “Kindness is a mark of faith, and whoever is not kind has no faith” (Sahih Muslim). 
This teaching showcases the importance of showing mercy and empathy in all interactions as well as being a good caretaker of our earth we share with other creatures of God. 

Respect for Others

Respect for others, regardless of their background or beliefs, is a fundamental principle in Islam. The Quran instructs Muslims to “speak to people kindly” (Quran 2:83) and to “repel evil with that which is better” (Quran 41:34), promoting an understanding and harmonious society.
“You have your way, and I have my Way.” Quran 109:6

Honesty and Integrity

Honesty and integrity are highly valued virtues in Islam. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, “Truthfulness leads to righteousness, and righteousness leads to Paradise” (Sahih Muslim, Book 1, Hadith 79). Muslims are encouraged to be truthful in their words and actions, even when faced with challenges or difficulties.
“The honest and trustworthy merchant will be with the prophets, the truthful, and the martyrs.” Sunan al-Tirmidhī 1209
Prophet Muhammed (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “There should be neither harming nor reciprocating harm.” (Narrated by Ibn Majah, 2340)
He also said: “By the One in Whose hand is the soul of Muhammad, no one of you truly believes until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself of good.”

Patience and Forbearance

Patience and forbearance are qualities that Islam encourages its followers to cultivate. The Quran describes the believers as those who “restrain anger and pardon people” (Quran 3:134) and advises, “Be patient over what befalls you” (Quran 31:17). Through patience, Muslims learn to navigate life’s trials with grace and resilience, having faith and certainty that whatever bad befalls a believer, through patience and perseverence, good will come out of that test.
“We will certainly test you with a touch of fear and famine and loss of property, life, and crops. Give good news to those who patiently endure..” Quran 2:155

Humility and Modesty

Humility and modesty are characteristics that Islam promotes as essential for spiritual growth. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, “Whoever humbles himself for the sake of Allah, Allah will elevate him” (Sahih Muslim, Book 32, Hadith 6264). Humility allows individuals to recognise their own shortcomings and seek improvement with sincerity.

The emphasis on good character and manners in Islam, as reflected in the Hadith collections and Quranic verses, serves as a beacon of guidance for Muslims seeking to embody the teachings of their faith and emulating the character of the best man to walk the Earth. By practicing kindness, compassion, respect, honesty, patience, and humility, Muslims strive to fulfil their role as ambassadors of Islam, contributing to a more harmonious and strong community with good family and societal ties.


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