Characteristics of an ideal muslim
[ January 22, 2016 ]
The ideal Muslim character is distinct and balanced. The Muslim is the embodiment of the teachings of the holy Quran and the ‘Sunnah’ (sayings, actions and the approvals of the Prophet Muhammad SAW). He follows the teachings of the Book of Allah (i.e.
Quran) and the example of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) in all affairs, relations, and situations – starting with his relationship with Almighty Allah, his own self, his family and the people around him. One of the most distinguishing features of the (ideal) muslim is his deep faith in Almighty Allah, The Exalted, and his conviction that whatever happens in the universe and whatever befalls him, only happens through the will and the decree of Allah. The muslim is closely connected to Almighty Allah, constantly remembers him, puts his trust in him and is obedient towards him. His faith is pure and clear, uncontaminated by any strain of ignorance, superstition or illusion. His belief and worship are based on the Quran and the authentic ‘Sunnah’. The muslim is alert and open-minded to the magnificence of Almighty Allah. He knows that it is Allah who is in control of the affairs of the universe and of mankind, and He (Allaah) Knows all and witnesses every secret. A muslim feels in the depths of his soul that he is in constant need of the help and support of Almighty Allah, no matter how much he may think he can do for himself. He has no choice in his life but to submit to the will of Allah, worship him, strive towards the Right Path and do good deeds. This will guide him to be righteous and upright in all his deeds, both in public and in private. A muslim recognizes the signs of the unlimited power of Allah in the universe, and so his faith in Allah increases. The muslim pays due attention to his body’s physical, intellectual and spiritual needs. He takes good care of his body, promoting its good health and strength. He is active, doesn’t eat in excess; but he eats enough to maintain his health and energy. He understands that a strong believer is more loved by Allah than a weak believer.Almighty Allah, the exalted, says (what means): “…Eat and drink; but waste not by excess, for Allah loves not the wasters.” [Quran 7: 31]. The Muslim keeps away from drugs and stimulants. He also does not forget to exercise regularly to maintain his physical fitness. The Muslim also keeps his body and clothes very clean. He bathes frequently. The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) placed a great emphasis on cleanliness and bathing. Cleanliness makes the muslim more likeable to people.
The muslim pays as much attention to his spiritual development as to his physical and intellectual development, in a precisely balanced fashion which does not concentrate on one aspect to the detriment of others.
It is no surprise that the Muslim is concerned with his clothing and appearance. The Muslim does all of this in accordance with the Islamic ideal of moderation, avoiding the extremes of exaggeration and negligence. The Muslim is fair in his judgements. He is not a hypocrite, a sycophant or a show-off. He does not boast about his deeds and achievements. He is straightforward and is never devious or twisted, no matter what the circumstances. He loves noble things and hates foolishness. He is generous and does not remind others of his gifts or favors. He is hospitable and does not complain when a guest comes to him. He prefers others to himself as much as possible. He relieves the burden of the debtor. Therefore, the muslim pays as much attention to his spiritual development as to his physical and intellectual development, in a precisely balanced fashion which does not concentrate on one aspect to the detriment of others.
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