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."
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.”