The Foundations of Good Moral Character: The Prophet’s Excellent Example


Mere teachings and instructions of Do’s and Don’ts don’t type the foundations of fine ethical character in a society, as a result of these items will not be adequate for creating these good qualities within the human nature; a instructor might merely order to do such and such issues and to not do such and such issues, and the society turns into a moralist society.

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The teachings of fruitful good conduct requires lengthy coaching and fixed watchfulness.

The coaching can’t be on the best traces if the instance earlier than the society isn’t such that instructions full confidence, as a result of an individual having a nasty ethical character can’t go away a superb impression on his environment.

The greatest coaching may be anticipated solely from such a person whose persona, by the pressure of its morality, would create a scene of admiration within the beholders. They would sing praises of his the Aristocracy and really feel the irresistible urge to learn from the instance of his life. The world would spontaneously really feel the urge to comply with his footsteps.

For nourishing and creating increasingly more wonderful good character amongst his followers it’s obligatory that the chief should possess larger and nobler character and attributes than his followers.

The Prophet himself was the very best instance of the great ethical character, to emulate the decision he was giving to his followers. Before advising them to undertake an ethical life by giving sermons and counsels, he was sowing the seeds of morality amongst his followers by really residing that type of life.

`Abdullah ibn `Amr says:

“The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) was neither ill-mannered nor rude. He used to say that the better people among you are those who are best in their moral character.” (Al-Bukhari)

Anas says: “I served the Prophet for ten years. He never said ‘Uf’ (expressing dissatisfaction), nor did he ever ask me why I did this or did not do that.” (Muslim)

It can be reported by him: “My mother used to hold the Prophet’s hand and used to take him wherever she wanted. If any person used to come before him and shake his hand, the Prophet never used to draw away his hand from the other person’s hands till the latter drew away his hands, and he never used to turn away his face from that person till the latter himself turned away his face. And in the meetings he was never seen squatting in such a way that his knees were protruding further than his fellow-squatters.” (At-Tirmidhi)

Lady `A’ishah says: “If there were two alternatives, the Prophet used to adopt the easiest alternative, provided there was no sin in it. If that work were sinful, then he used to run away farthest from it. The prophet did not take any personal revenge from anybody. Yes, if Allah’s command were to be disobeyed, then his wrath was to be stirred. Allah’s Messenger did not beat anybody with his own hands. neither his wife nor a servant. Yes, he used to fight in the wars in the cause of Allah.” (Muslim)

Anas has narrated:

“I was walking with the Prophet. He had wrapped a thick chadar round his body. One Arab pulled the chadar so forcefully that a part of his shoulder could be seen by me, and I was perturbed by this forceful pulling of the chadar. The Arab then said: ‘0 Muhammad! Give me some of my share from the property which Allah has given you.’ The Prophet turned towards him and laughed, and gave orders for a donation being given to him.” (Al-Bukhari)

`A’ishah has reported that Allah’s Messenger has mentioned:

“Allah is soft-hearted. He likes soft heartedness. And the reward which He gives for soft-heartedness does not give for hardness, nay, such a reward He does not give for anything.” (Muslim)

In one other custom it’s acknowledged: “Softness in whichever thing it may be, will make that thing beautiful. And from whichever thing softness is taken out, it will become ugly.”

Jarir narrates that the Prophet has mentioned:

“The reward which Allah gives for soft-heartedness He does not give it for folly; and when Allah makes any slave His favorite, He gives him softness. Those families that are devoid of softness become deprived of every virtue.”(At-Tabarani )

`Abdullah ibn Harith has reported that he didn’t see anyone smiling greater than the Messenger of Allah. (At-Tirmidhi)

`A’isha was requested what did Prophet do at house?

She replied:” He was once within the service of his house folks; and when the time of prayer got here he used to carry out ablutions and exit for prayer.” (Muslim)

Anas has narrated:

“Allah’s Messenger had the best manners of all the persons. I had an adopted brother, whose name was Abu `Umayr. He had a sick sparrow, who was called ‘Nagheer’. Allah’s Messenger used to be playful with him and ask him : ‘0 Abu `Umayr! what has happened to your Nagheer” (Al-Bukhari)

Of the habits and traits of the Prophet one trait was very well-known that he was extraordinarily philanthropic. He was by no means miserly in something. He was very courageous and brave. He by no means turned away from Truth. He was simply, loving. In his personal choice he by no means dedicated any excesses or injustice. In his entire life he was truthful and an trustworthy trustee.

The similar Qur’an, Same Criterion, Same Yasin, Same Taha

Allah has commanded all of the Muslims to comply with the superb habits and the very best traits of the Prophet and to take steering from the holy lifetime of the holy Messenger.

Surely there’s within the individual of Allah’s .messenger a wonderful instance for you-for each one who has hope in Allah and the Hereafter and keep in mind, Allah, reciting His identify many occasions. (Al-Ahzab 33:21)

Qazi A ‘yaz says that the Prophet was essentially the most excellent-mannered, most philanthropic and the bravest of all. One evening

the folks of Medina had been terribly frightened. Some folks proceeded in direction of the sound ( which was most likely the

trigger). They noticed that the Prophet was coming from that route. He had rushed earlier than all others to seek out out what was

the difficulty. He was using the horse of Abu Talha, and not using a saddle, and a sword was hanging from his neck, and he

was comforting the folks to not be afraid saying there was nothing to fret.

Hazrat Ali says that within the battles when preventing began, we used to fret a lot in regards to the Prophet, as a result of no person was nearer to the enemy within the preventing than the Prophet.

Jabir ibn `Abdullah says that each time something was requested of him, he by no means mentioned: No.

Lady Khadija had instructed him when he was first blessed with the Divine Revelation:

“You carry the loads of the weak people, you earn for the poor, and help a person if any trouble comes to him in following the Truth.”


The article is excerpted from the ebook  “Muslim Character” , an American-English translation of Muhammad Al-Ghazali’s Khuluq Al-Muslim printed by Islam Presentation Committee (IPC), Kuwait.



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