Perfecting our Character (Part 2)

Good moral character - Islam

What guidance do we get from the life of the Prophet

Abdullah goes to your school. He is your friend but he is in another class. He does not come to school everyday. You assume that he must be ill. At dinner time, you drop in on him to see how he is. You find him sitting in the living room reading something. He seems all right, but when you ask him how he is, he bursts into tears. He tells you that another boy in his class is making his life miserable – calling him names, making snide remarks, hiding his things and hitting him. He is so upset that he stayed away from school. Can you help Abdullah? Decide what advice you would give him in the light of the Prophet’s noble teachings.

The last situation is concerning a secret between two friends. A friend of yours trusts you with a secret that he thinks is important. You promise him not to tell anyone. Shortly afterwards, you are speaking with a close friend and you think his secret would make a nice topic of conversation. After all, you are also not fully aware why your friend is making such a big deal out of his little secret. Besides, you are going to ask the person to whom you are disclosing the secret to promise you not to tell anyone, just like you did.

Enter your moral code and you stop reminding yourself that a promise is a promise. The lesson here is to be trustworthy, whether it is with feelings, thoughts and emotions or with material possessions. This is also one of the Prophet’s great characteristics. Before we act or react to anything, we should form a habit of asking ourselves what guidance we can get from the life of the Prophet (pbuh) concerning this situation.

Once we develop a more positive and truthful Islamic approach on the events that occur in our daily life, we will gradually perfect our character.

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