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Building a Believing Personality in the Qur'an – Goals and Characteristics

MIT
5/12/2015
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We often hear or read about the human character as discussed by the non-Muslims, to the point that we almost feel that they have a virtual monopoly and are ahead of us in this matter, and we do not know whether what they teach to people is in accordance with, or contrary to, Islam and the Qur’an and Sunnah!

What is the character of a believer? What should his personality look like? How can we teach it to people? Is it the matter of belief (‘aqeedah) or purifying the soul (tazkiyat an-nafs) or does it have to do with education? How does this Islamic character motivate one and raise ambitions in a practical way?

I start by saying that the Islamic character is one that is sound and upright. It is not afraid of any form of misguidance because all its principles, fundamentals and etiquette it is based on submission and adherence to the teachings of Islam, in obedience to Allah and His Messenger, all in which it has absolute confidence and trust in their correctness. Those are its basic etiquettes and principles derived from the Qur'an and Sunnah.

The believing personality is based on belief in Allah and His Messengers, and in His promise and warning, and on adherence to Islamic conduct in a complete way, which includes truthfulness, honesty, chastity, modesty, good attitude, kindness to neighbours, hastening to do good, helping people to do what is right, refraining from harming others, and so on and so forth. It is a divine perfectly tailors way of life.

The basis of the Islamic character is belief in Allah and His Messenger, and submission to and compliance with the rulings, principles and etiquette of Islam. 

The Islamic character today, just like those before it, has no choice but to adhere to that to which their predecessors before them adhered to. They succeeded and excelled because they had complete affirmation of the Oneness of Allah and sound commitment and loyalty to the religion of Allah. Why not so, when the Messenger (PBUH) lived amidst them, and he (PBUH) said: "I was only sent to perfect good manners and attitude.” (Ahmad) 

In quest to achieving the aforementioned, properly educating the people and teaching them sound beliefs and how to purify their souls in word and deed, on the basis of Islamic principles and the teachings of the Qur’an and Sunnah is the key breakthrough. Allah says:

ﯣ  ﯤ  ﯥ  ﯦ  ﯧ  ﯨ  ﯩ  ﯪ  ﯫ  ﯬ  ﯭ      ﯮ  ﯯ  ﯰ  ﯱ  ﯲ  ﯳ      ﯴ  ﯵ  ﯶ          ﯷ  ﯸ  ﯹ  ﯺ  ﯻ  ﯼ  

Meaning: “Indeed Allah conferred a great favour on the believers when He sent among them a Messenger (Muhammad (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him)) from among themselves, reciting unto them His Verses (the Quran), and purifying them (from sins by their following him), and instructing them (in) the Book (the Quran) and Al-Hikmah (the wisdom and the Sunnah of the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) (i.e. his legal ways, statements, acts of worship, etc.)), while before that they had been in manifest error” [Al ‘Imran: 164]. 

This Islamic Believing Personality is naturally going to be full of very high aspirations because of its faith, certainty and belief in the promise of Allah, and because it realises the honour attained by being a Muslim and a follower of the Prophets. He knows what awaits him and will care less about what is being said or done in this vain world. This personality's aspiration will be commensurate with his level of faith and certainty. It is based on the level of the Muslim’s awareness of his strength, honour and pride, that his ambitions will soar and he will be of strong resolve, and his religious commitment will be sound. 

This is a brief on the believing personality in the Glorious Qur'an as numerous verses attest to.

In those above words, we could obviously realize that the goals for such characteristics to be imbibed and displayed by a believer are, though not limited to:

  • To have the fear of Allah as the basic fundamental of his life and deeds.
  • Take to the footsteps of the Prophet (PBUH) I all actions.
  • Show the best of examples to the world at all places and times and help direct humanity aright.
  • The resolve and perseverance to show for the great reward he looks forward to in the hereafter, which the whole world and what it entails cannot be measured to an inch of that.
  • Beliefs and words translating into practical actions.
  • The power to amend fences and get back to God even after falling, by repentance and then good deeds.





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