The expression ‘fair play’ contains so much of meaning in it. To play fair with others is to leave their honour, their reputation, and their property in good state. Some people cause others great harm and grief; for example, because they are so careless in the way they talk about others. They are so careless about truthfulness, so indifferent and insensitive to the rights of others. You would feel sick, for instance, if your reputation were at the mercy of their sharp and uncontrolled tongues. Then again, there are people who refuse to play fair with the property rights of others. They refuse to play fair with their responsibilities and obligations. Your name and your possessions, hard-earned and perhaps badly needed, are not safe with such people. Public funds are not safe with them either.
Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) said, “The best among you are the best in good moral character.” (Al-Bukhaaree)
Perfecting our character, however, requires a great effort and a strong determination. It requires rigorous self-discipline, struggle, exercise and a good education. What is good character? How can we acquire it? The best and the simplest way to answer these questions is to look at the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) as a role model. He is the perfect example of good character. The Quran says, “You have indeed in the Messenger of Allah an excellent example for whoever hopes for Allah and the Last Day and remembers Allah much.” (Quran, 33:21)