Good akhlaq (Good conduct)

أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Hazrat Abu Hurairah  narrated that once Prophet ﷺ stood amidst the people and said, “Can I tell you who the best among you is?” Everyone was silent and Prophet ﷺ said the same and he ﷺ said it thrice. One person said, “Ya Rasoolullah, definitely tell us, who is the best among us.” Prophet ﷺ replied, “The best among you is the one from whom the people hope and expect khair (good) and feel protected from your evils.”  That is when he is seen, people will feel that this is a good man. Prophet ﷺ then said, “The worst among you is the one from whom the people don’t expect any good and from whose evil, people don’t remain secured.” Some men are beautified with good akhlaq that just by hearing them; people feel that he is such a good person. He might be an officer or an employer or a doctor or he comes to a gathering, there is a feeling that a good man has come and there won’t be any harm from him and there will be only khair. And nature of some men is such that people think by just seeing him that they will face only evil now and there is no expectation of any good from him.

So beloved Prophet ﷺ told about the touch stone of a good man that his akhlaq is so lovely, his talk is so lovely and his character is so good that everyone can expect only good from him and they will be secured from his evils. The worst man is the one from whom no good can be expected and there is no security from his evils. Abdullah ibn mas’ud  narrated that Prophet ﷺ said, “Allah ﷻ has divided the akhlaq between you just like how He ﷻ divided the provision among you.”  Then he ﷺ said that, “Allah ﷻ gives dunya to everyone be it the one whom He ﷻ loves or the one whom He ﷻ doesn’t love.” He ﷻ gives it to His ﷻ own people and to His ﷻ enemies, to the criminals and even to those who revolt. The matter of dunya is all different. He ﷺ said, “But deen is received only by the one whom Allah ﷻ loves. SubhanAllah, Glory be to Allah ﷻ. As far as the one who got the deen, believe it for Allah ﷻ has loved him. This is the most precious treasure from the court of Allah ﷻ and the one who got it, has got the most fortunate thing. He is the most fortunate one, who is very religious. Allah ﷻ loved the one to whom He ﷻ gave deen.

The Prophet ﷺ then said, “I swear on the One under whose control is my life that a man is not protected until his heart is protected and his tongue is protected.” Or we can say that a man cannot be a true muslim till his heart is not a true muslim and his tongue is not a true muslim. A man cannot be a mu’min until those near him and his neighbors are not safe from his evils. Prophet ﷺ said, “A mumin is the place of love and the people love him.” There is no good in him who doesn’t love and who is not loved by the people. The base of love is good akhlaq because of which the love spreads. The bad-akhlaqi (man of bad akhlaq) spreads the hatred and breaks the heart. Good akhlaq draws the love towards one. Let Allah ﷻ give us tawfeeq to act on what we preach, we hear, write and read. Amin. All praise to Allah ﷻ, the Lord of the heavens and the earth and let Allah ﷻ send His blessings on His beloved Prophet ﷺ, His family and His honorable companions. All praise and thanks are to Allah ﷻ and the glory is to Him ﷻ. Let Allah forgive us all. Amin, Amin, thumma Amin.

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