Good Moral Character

Good Moral Character in Islam

Good moral character is the most excellent of all virtues. In fact, it reveals the essential nature of people. Once Allah’s Messenger (pbuh), said, “The most excellent believers in faith are those who have good moral character.” (Al Tabaraanee)

Allah has distinguished His Messenger Muhammad (pbuh) by blessing him with certain miracles and exceptional virtues. Yet He has not praised him of any of his special qualities to the same extent as He has praised him for his great moral character. Allah says,

“And indeed, you are of a splendid moral character.”

(Quran, 68:4)

The Arabic term “khuluq” actually describes a person’s character inner disposition or nature. It also means habitual behaviour, which becomes, as it were, one’s second nature or “way of life”. The Prophet’s “way of life”, his character was the Quran.

One of the aspects of good character is to have a cheerful face, to be generous and to harm noone. Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) once said, “I was only sent to perfect the noble moral character.” (Al-Baihaqee).

Good character in Hadeeth

When Aishah was asked about the Prophet’s character, she replied, “His character was the Quran.” (Muslim)

The Prophet (pbuh) said, “The heaviest thing to be placed in the balance of the believer on the Day of Judgement will be good character, and Allah hates the [person who uses] abusive and obscene [language].” (At-Tirmidhee)

“Let him who believes in Allah and the Last Day either speak good or keep silent, and let him who believes in Allah and the Last Day be generous to his neighbour, and let him who believes in Allah and the Last Day be generous to his guest.” (Muslim)

“The dearest to me and the nearest among you to me on the Day of Judgement will be those who have good moral character.” (At- Tirmidhee)

“Fear Allah wherever you are, and follow up a bad deed with a good one and it will wipe it out, and behave well towards people.” (At-Tirmidhee)

The Prophet (pbuh) also used to say, “O Allah! You have made good my creation, so make good my character.” (Al Bukhaaree)

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