The Refinement of Character
by Imam ibn Qudama al-Maqdisi [b.689H]
Allah, the Most High said:
“And indeed, you are of a great moral character." [Qur'an (68): 5]
The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said: "There is nothing which is heavier upon the balance than the good character." Muslim
For a Muslim, nobility of character is sought from the Qur’an and Sunnah. True servitude to Allah, the Most High, is to adhere to the principles, fundamentals and etiquettes that are based upon the teachings of Islam with complete submission to Allah and His final Messenger, Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him).
Curing the character and uncontrolled lust is of utmost importance in any individual’s life. For this reason it is imperative that the believer seeks to apply the teachings of our righteous predecessors, who were at the pinnacle of ethics and nobility. Their equilibrium in every matter related to faith, character and manners is a shining example for all those that would like to tread in their footsteps.
The Islamic personality has a lot to offer for well-being of individuals, communities and society at large. Many a time people see Islam through the lens of cultural practice or the region of one’s ancestry. For this reason, this book will offer the reader a valuable insight into the teachings of this pristine faith.
This work covers the ethics of eating, marriage and companionship, earning a living, traveling, enjoying the good and staying away from sin and evil deeds, as well the rulings on music and singing. It ends with heartfelt advice from our righteous predecessors and illustrates the beautiful character of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).
Anyone who adorns them self with this Islamic Character will indeed achieve nobility of the elite of Allah’s creation, which is beloved to our Creator, Allah, the Most High.
“O Muslim, adorn and beautify yourself with great morals and manners.”
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