The Ideal Muslim

The ideal Muslim is a man of the highest moral character. In his relation with his rabb’ (lord), himself, family, parents, relatives, friends, and the community at large, he has a most excellent example in the Prophet of Islam (pbuh).

His idealism is further strengthened by the characters of the first generations of Mu…slims who excelled in all the various fields of human endeavour.
He is reassured by the teachings of Islam that he also can reach these noble heights by working to improve his character daily.

Moving from the innermost aspect of the individual’s spiritual life to his dealings with all those around him, one can see how the Muslim is expected to interact with all others in his life.

He is truthful
He does not cheat, deceive or stab in the back
He is not envious
He is sincere
He keeps his promises
He has a good attitude towards others and treats them well
He is characterized by shyness
He is gentle towards people
He is compassionate and merciful
He is tolerant and forgiving
He is easy-going in his business dealings
He is of cheerful countenance
He has a sense of humour
He is patient
He avoids cursing and foul language
He does not falsely accuse anyone of fisq or kufr
He is modest and discreet
He dos not interfere in that which does not concern him
He refrains from backbiting and slander
He avoids giving false statements
He avoids suspicion
He keeps secrets
He does not converse privately with another person when there is a third person present
He is not arrogant or proud
He is humble and modest
He does not make fun of anyone
He respects elders and distinguished people
He mixes with people of noble character
He strives for people’s benefits and seeks to protect hem from harm
He strives to reconcile between Muslims
He calls people to truth
He enjoins what is good and forbids what is evil
He is wise and eloquent in his da`wah
He is not a hypocrite
He does not show off or boast
He is straightforward and consistent in his adherence to the truth
He visits the sick
He attends funerals
He repays favours and is grateful for them
He mixes with people and puts up with their insults
He tries to make people happy
He guides others to righteous deeds
He is easy on people, not hard
He is fair in his judgement of people
He does not oppress or mistreat others
He loves noble things and always aims high
His speech is not exaggerated or affected
He does not rejoice in the misfortunes of others
He is generous
He does not remind the beneficiaries of his charity
He is hospitable
He prefers others to himself
He helps to alleviate the burden of the debtor
He is proud and does not beg
He is friendly and likeable
He checks his customs and habits against Islamic standards
He follows Islamic manners in the way he eats and drinks
He spreads the greeting of salam
He does not enter a house other than his own without permission
He sits wherever he finds room in a gathering
He avoids yawning in a gathering as much as he can
He follows the Islamic etiquette when he sneezes
He does not look into other people’s houses
He does not imitate women.

Allah says:
“Men are the protectors and maintainers of women because of what Allah has preferred one with over the other and because of what they spend to support them from their wealth.” [Sûrah al-Nisâ’: 34]

(Facebook / 03.04.2011)

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