Quote of the Day

    Abu ‘Inabah radi Allahu `anhu (may God be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (saws) said, “When Allah wants good for His slave, He makes him pleasant*2 .” The Companions asked, “And what makes him pleasant?” He (saws) said, “He opens the door of righteous deeds for him before his death, then He takes his soul in that state.” (Ahmad)

Quote of the Day

The holy Prophet (saws) said: “When Allah wants good for His slave, He occupies him with work.” The Companions asked, “And how does He occupy him with work?” The Prophet said, “He grants him the ability and opportunity to do righteous deeds before his death, then He takes his soul in that state.” (Ahmad)
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    Truthfulness from an Islamic Perspective



    As Muslims it is very important for us to be truthful and to keep our promises. It is common sense that nobody believes a liar and no one trusts an individual who always breaks their promises. Liars and untrustworthy individuals will soon realize that they themselves will suffer as a result of their actions. Also, a community without trust can never work together to improve their lives because everyone questions the other’s motives. Only people that are honest and trustworthy can succeed in building a successful community.
    The Prophets’ example: Rasulullah (saws) was known to be a very truthful and trustworthy individual. Even before Allah (s.w.t) appointed him to be the last and final prophet and messenger he was known amongst his people for his exceptionally honest character. They even called him Al-Amin which means the trustworthy and as-Sadiq which means the truthful one. Rasulullah (saws) is reported to have said:
     If anyone is pleased to love Allah (s.w.t) and His messenger or rather to have Allah (s.w.t) and His messenger love him, he should speak the truth when he says anything, and fulfill his trust when he is in a position of trust (Transmitted by Baihaqi).
     What the Quran says: The Quran teaches us to be truthful and trustworthy in many places. For example:
     And cover not the Truth with falsehood, nor conceal the Truth when ye know (what it is). (2:42).
     O you who believe! Fulfill all obligations. (5:1).
    O you who believe! Why say you that which you do not? Grievously hateful is it in the sight of Allah that you say that which you do not. (61:2-3).
     This is why we as Muslims must put our utmost effort to avoid telling lies. One lie often leads to others. As Muslims we must also make sure that whenever we make a promise we keep it to the best of our ability. Only then will we gain the respect and trust of the people and Inshallah we will gain the pleasure of Allah (s.w.t).
    Source: Islamic Tahdhib and Akhlaq by Aisha Lemu

    Respect and Kindness from an Islamic Perspective



    Part of being a righteous and pious Muslim is to show kindness and respect towards other individuals. After respect and kindness towards our parents Islam emphasizes respect and kindness towards the following groups of people:
    Elders: As part of being a good Muslim one must respect the wisdom of their elders by being polite and considerate towards them. In return their elders will be pleased with them and they will treat them kindly. Anas (R.A.) reported that Rasulullah (saws) said:
    No youth will honor an old man without Allah appointing one to honor him when he is old. (Transmitted by Tirmidhi).
    Rasulullah (saws) also said:
    He who does not respect his elders and does not show love for the young ones is not from amongst us. (Transmitted by Abu Dawud).
    Teachers: A good Muslim must also show respect for their teachers whether they are Muslims or non-Muslims. This is because teachers are there to guide one’s behavior and studies. A teacher can help an individual to become a better human being and earn a good living in the future. The fourth rightly guided Caliph Ali ibn Abu Talib (R.A.) said: Anyone who has taught me a word has made me their slave. Also, Rasulullah (saws) is reported to have said:
    Indeed I have been sent as a teacher (Transmitted by Darimi).
    Kindness to all people: In the holy Quran Allah (s.w.t) advises us to show kindness to all people. Also, Ibn Abbas (R.A.) reported that Rasulullah (s.a.w.s.) said:
    He is not one of us who dies without having shown kindness to our young ones and respect to our older ones. (Transmitted by Tirmidhi).
    Thus, one should be patient with the young ones and try to set a good example for them. Likewise, as mentioned a younger individual must show respect towards their elders. Islamic behavior is based on mutual consideration and kindness. One can show kindness simply by saying something pleasing to another individual. However, sometimes being nice to others can prove to be difficult especially when the other person is not kind in return. At such times one should remember that they will receive the reward for an act of kindness from Allah (s.w.t.) and that He is watching everything. The people who return evil with good are especially liked by Allah (s.w.t). The Quran teaches us that a good act always wins out in the end. The Quran states:
    Be kind as Allah has been kind to you. (28:77).

    Source: Islamic Tahdhib and Akhlaq by Aisha Lemu