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Unformatted text preview: t; (al-Tirmidhi, Sahih) The Prophet said, "There is nothing heavier in the scales than good manners." (Abu Dawud, Sahih)
87 Purify your intention for the sake of Allah 16 The Prophet said, "A person by his good character reaches the rank of the one praying at night and fasting all day." (alTirmidhi, Sahih) The one who improves his character becomes successful in both worlds. Consider the incident of Umm Salamah may Allah be pleased with her when she sat with the Messenger of Allah and thought about the Hereafter and what Allah had promised her. She said, "O Messenger of Allah! A woman might be married twice in this world. When she and her husbands die and they all enter paradise, who is she going to be with?" What did he say in response? That she will be with the one who prayed the longest? Or the one who fasted the most? Or the most knowledgeable of them? No! Rather, he () said, "She will be with the best of them in character." Umm Salamah was surprised. When the Prophet noticed this, he said, "O Umm Salamah! Good character makes one successful in this life and the next." Yes! The best of both worlds. He achieves the best of this world by earning people's love, and the best of the next by gaining immense reward. No matter how much good a person does, his good deeds would always be marred by bad character. Once it was mentioned to the Prophet that a certain woman prayed, fasted, gave in charity and did many other righteous deeds, but at the same time harmed her neighbours by her words (i.e., she was bad mannered). He replied, "She will be in Hell." 88 Purify your intention for the sake of Allah 16 The Prophet was the best example to follow in every aspect of character. He was the most generous, the bravest, the most forbearing, and more bashful than a virgin. He was the most truthful and trustworthy person, as the disbelievers will bear witness to even before the believers, as will the sinners before the righteo...
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This note was uploaded on 03/19/2012 for the course REL 101 taught by Professor Professorsunni during the Spring '12 term at N.C. State.
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