There are many good habits that a Muslim must train himself to adopt. Seven of these good habits are as follows:
- A good Muslim does not make a habit of swearing by Allah all the time, truthfully or otherwise. If he exercises this kind of self-control and trains his tongue accordingly, this will lead him to break the habit altogether, with or without intention.
- He does not tell lies, whether in jest or in earnest. If he practices self-control and his tongue gets used to truthfulness, Allah will purify his mind and heart and reward him greatly for doing so. He will eventually reach a point where telling lies will strike him as unbearable.
- He never promises something to someone without fulfilling his promise. If he promises someone, he does his best to keep it. He knows that breaking a promise is equal in effect to lying.
- He does not curse anyone or anything: nor does he hurt anyone.
- He does not direct his attention and interest towards any form of sinful acts of disobedience. He restrains all his limbs and organs from any act that is not pleasing to Almighty Allah, even though he feels like doing it. Such efforts will bring him the quickest reward to his heart and body in the present life of this world and in the Hereafter.
- He keeps himself away from inflicting any burden or inconvenience, be it small or great, on any of his fellow creatures.
- He keeps a cheerful expression on his face and avoids scowling. He avoids being argumentative and quarrelsome. He is tolerant towards people when they disagree with him and shows patience with their annoying behaviour. He does not harbour any bad feelings towards any one of them; he does not have the inclination to cheat and double-cross them. He conceals his brothers’ faults as far as he possibly can. He does not backbite any one of them when he is absent from their company; and when he is present among them, he does not speak ill of any absentee. If one of them falls ill, he visits him. He does not boycott those who boycott him; he gives to those who deprive him, and pardons those who wrong him. He does not borrow anything from anyone, if he can possibly manage without it