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Unformatted text preview: om Allah. A believer worships Allah by being well-mannered and dealing pleasantly with all, not to attain status or wealth, or for people's praise, or to get married, etc., but only so that Allah may love him and make him beloved to His creation. Yes! Whoever considers exercising good manners as worship will deal courteously with everyone, be he rich or poor, a manager or a tea-boy. If one day a poor cleaner on the street stretches out his hand for you to shake it, and then another day a director of some company stretches his hand out in the same way, will you treat them equally? Will you welcome them both, and smile at them equally?
86 Purify your intention for the sake of Allah 16 The Prophet would certainly treat them both equally in terms of welcoming them and showing them sincere conduct and compassion. Who knows, perhaps the one you may belittle and look down upon might actually be better in Allah's sight than he who you look up to and show honour and respect to. The Prophet said, "The most beloved of you to me, and the closest of you to me on the Day of Resurrection are the best of you in manners." (al-Tirmidhi, Sahih) The Prophet also said to al-Ashaj bin `Abd Qays, "You have two qualities that Allah and His Messenger love." What are these two qualities? Praying at night? Fasting all day? Al-Ashaj became overjoyed and said, "What are the two qualities, O Messenger of Allah?" The Prophet said, "Forbearance and patience." (Ahmad and Muslim) The Prophet was asked about piety, and he replied, "Piety is to show good manners." (Muslim) He was asked about the deed on account of which most people will enter paradise, he said, "Fear of Allah and good manners." (al-Tirmidhi, Sahih) The Prophet said, "The most complete in faith are those best in their character, those who are easy to soe with, and those who get along with others and others get along with them. There is no good in the one who cannot get along with others and others cannot get along with him.&quo...
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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.
- Spring '12