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Manners in Islam

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As Muslims, we strive to follow the example of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW). Allah says in the Holy Qur’an:

“Indeed in the Messenger of Allah (Muhammad SAW) you have a good example to follow for him who hopes in (the Meeting with) Allah and the Last Day and remembers Allah much.” (Qur’an 33:21)

When we learn about the Prophet Muhammad (SAW), we understand the importance of manners for us as Muslims. Good manners are something we should remember in every aspect of our lives. Regardless of the position of the person we are talking to, our religion teaches us to maintain good manners.

There are times when our manners may be tested. For example, we may be in situation where we feel that another person has behaved unjustly towards us. We must remember that when managing the situation, we still need to have good manners. This is part of being a Muslim, as we strive to follow the example of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW). Allah said about him in the Holy Qur’an:

“And indeed, you are of a great moral character.” (Qur’an 68:4)

Although we may struggle sometimes, by valuing good manners and being wary of our behaviour, it will gradually become a habit. As we place more and more importance on the way we treat others, it will become something we are always aware and conscious of.

Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said in a hadith:

“Nothing is weightier on the Scale of Deeds than one’s good manners.” (Bukhari)

Let us take a moment to think carefully about this hadith. The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) is telling us about how significant our practice of good manners will be for us on the Day that we most need it, when all of our deeds will be taken into account. Does this not mean that we should all work harder and strive to implement good manners more regularly into our daily lives?

The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:

“The most beloved of Allah’s servants to Allah are those with the best manners.” (Bukhari)

We learn from this that it is vital for us to take the matter of manners seriously because in this life, our ultimate aim is to please Allah and remember Him in all that we do.

As Muslims, we should not just be aiming to achieve the bare minimum. We should always be trying to improve ourselves and become better Muslims. Therefore, when we learn that there is a habit or quality that will help us become closer to our Creator, we should make it our goal. Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:

“The believers most perfect in faith are those best in character.” (Tirmidhi)

Our religion teaches us the importance of having strong Imaan (faith). From the above hadith, we learn that having good manners and character directly influences our level of Imaan.

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