Friday, May 18

Good Conduct

“And the servants of the Most Merciful are those who walk upon the earth in humility and sedateness, and when the ignorant address them [harshly], they say [words of] peace. And those who spend [part of] the night to their Lord, prostrating and standing [in prayer]. And those who say: 'Our Lord! Avert from us the punishment of Hell. Indeed, its punishment is ever adhering; Indeed, it is evil as a settlement and residence. And [they are] those who, when they spend, do so not excessively or sparingly but are ever, between that, [justly] moderate. And those who do not invoke with Allah another deity or kill the soul which Allah has forbidden [to be killed], except by right, and do not commit unlawful sexual intercourse…” (Al-Furqan: 63-68).

“Worship Allaah and associate nothing with Him, and to parents do good, and to relatives, orphans, the needy, the near neighbour, the neighbour farther away, the companion at your side, the traveller, and those whom your right hands possess. Indeed Allaah does not like those who are self-deluding and boastful.” (An-Nisa’: 36).

“Show forgiveness, enjoin what is good and turn away from the ignorant.” (Al-A’raf: 199).

“And not equal are the good deed and the bad. Repel [evil] by that [deed] which is better; and thereupon, the one whom between you and him is enmity [will become] as though he was a devoted friend.” (Fussilat: 34)

“…And lower your wing [i.e., show them kindness] to the believers.” (Al-Hijr: 88).

“There has certainly been for you in the Messenger of Allah an excellent example for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Last Day and [who] remembers Allah often.” (Al-Ahzaab: 21)

“Neither defame one another, nor insult one another by nicknames. Bad is the name of lewdness after faith. And whoever does not repent, such are evil-doers.” [Sûrah al-Hujurât: 11]

“Hold to forgiveness; command what is right; but turn away from those who are ignorant.” [Sûrah al-A`râf: 199]

“And when they hear idle talk they turn aside from it and say: We shall have our deeds and you shall have your deeds; peace be on you, we do not desire the ignorant.” [Sûrah al-Qasas: 55]

“Successful indeed are the believers, who are humble in their prayers, and who shun foolish conversation.” [Sûrah al-Mu’minûn: 1-3]

“Repel evil with that which is better.” [Sûrah al-Mu’minûn: 96]

“And speak kindly to the people.” [Sûrah al-Baqarah: 83]

“These shall be granted their reward twice, because they are steadfast and they repel evil with good and spend out of what We have given them.” [Sûrah al-Qasas: 54]

“And indeed you [O Muhammad] are of a great moral character.” (Al-Qalam: 4).

From the Sunnah, it is reported that the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam said: “I am the guarantor of a home in the upper part of Paradise for whomsoever possesses good conduct.” (Abu Dawood).

He sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam also said: “Shall I not tell you of the person for whom Hell is forbidden? – Hell is forbidden for every person who is tolerant, unpretentious and pleasant.” (At-Tirmidhi).

“A believer achieves by his good conduct the same reward as a person who fasts much and prays (the voluntary prayer) during the night.” (Abu Dawood).

“Nothing is heavier on the scale of a believing slave (of Allah) on the Day of Resurrection than good conduct. Indeed Allah dislikes the rude and disrespectful.” (At-Tirmidhi).

‘Aa’ishah, may Allah be pleased with her, narrated that the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam“Gentleness does not but adorn one’s deeds and when something is devoid of gentleness, it becomes disfigured.” (Muslim).

Nawwaas bin Sam‘an, may Allah be pleased with him, said: “I asked the Messenger of Allahsallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam about righteousness and sin and he replied: "Righteousness is good conduct and sin is something that is deeply rooted in your heart which you would not like anybody else to know about.”" (Muslim).

“I was only sent to bring good conduct to perfection.” (Ahmad).

Even before he was commissioned as a Prophet, no fault or defect was recorded against him. When revelation first came to him, he sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam said to his wife Khadeejah, may Allah be pleased with her: “I fear for myself.” Khadeejah, may Allah be pleased with her replied: “No! I swear by Allah that He will never disgrace you for you are kind to your kith and kin; you speak only the truth, you are patient, you take care of your guests and assist others upon the truth.” (Bukhari & Muslim).

“The Messenger of Allah sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam was asked which act gains paradise for the people the most and he replied: "Fear of Allah and good conduct." He was also asked which of act that makes people enter Hell the most and he answered: "The mouth and the private parts.” (At-Tirmidhi).

“Those who habitually curse will not be among the intercessors and witnesses on the Day of Judgment.” [Sahîh Muslim]

“A believer is neither a habitual cursor nor a habitual accuser. He is not vile nor is he obscene.” [Sunan al-Tirmidhî]

Anyone who loves the Prophet (peace be upon him) and wishes to be gathered in his company on the Day of Judgment should follow his good example. This means that he should safeguard his tongue from uttering anything other than what is good. The Prophet’s advice was that “…whoever believes in Allah and in the Last Day should say something good or remain silent.” [Sahîh al-Bukhârî and Sahîh Muslim]

Good conduct benefits a believer in this life and the next, and increases his rank before his Lord. Both good and evil people benefit from their good conduct; but as for the disbeliever, his good conduct will only benefit him in this world and Allah will reward him for it only in this life while on the Last Day, he will receive nothing.

Aa’ishah, may Allah be pleased with her, narrated that she once said: "O Messenger of Allaah! What do you think about 'Abdullaah bin Jadaan? For he took care of his guests, looked after the destitute and assisted people through their difficulties; will all this be of any use to him (in the hereafter)?” The Prophet sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam answered: “No, for he never once said, ‘My Lord! Forgive me my sins on the Day of Reckoning' (for he was a disbeliever).”

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