The Coinciding of Worshiping Allah and Good Character

In the name of Allah, all praise is due to He, The One. I send peace and blessings upon his final messenger (Al-Mustafa), and upon his family, companions, and those that followed him in righteousness until The Day of Resurrection (Youm Al-Qiyaamah). To proceed:

Allah says in the Qur’an,

“Worship Allah and associate nothing with Him, and to parents do good, and to relatives, orphans, the needy, the near neighbor, the neighbor farther away, the companion at your side, the traveler, and those whom your right hands possess. Indeed, Allah does not like those who are self-deluding and boastful.” — Surah An-Nisa 4 : 36

It was narrated that the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, “Fear Allah wherever you are, and follow up a bad deed with a good one and it will wipe it out, and behave well towards people.”

On authority of Sufian bin Abdullah (may Allah be pleased with him) said: I said: “O Messenger of Allah, tell me something about Islam which I can ask of no one but you”. He said: “Say:’I believe in Allah’, and thereafter be upright.”

Abu Hurairah narrated that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said, “Let him who believes in Allah and the Last Day either speak good or keep silent, and let him who believes in Allah and the Last Day be generous to his neighbor, and let him who believes in Allah and the Last Day be generous to his guest.”

So, we can see clearly from this ayah and these ahaadith that good character and obedience to Allah worshiping him go hand in hand and that one is not sufficient without the other. Therefore, it is obligatory upon us as Muslims, and as human beings, to strive to achieve the highest level of Iman (belief), which is called Al-Ihsan (to worship Allah as if you see him and if you cant see him he sees you). Keep in mind that Iman is of three types: 1- statement upon the tongue, 2- Belief in the heart, and 3- Actions upon the limbs. Furthermore, along with striving to achieve Al-Ihsan and fulfilling the third part of Iman, we have to striving to perfect our character.

I ask Allah to grant us grant us complete Iman and the best of character and the highest level of paradise, Ameen. Anything I said that was correct is from Allah alone, and anything that was incorrect is from myself and Shaytan. And all praise due to Allah the lord of the worlds, and the peace and blessings upon our Prophet Muhammad and his family and his companions.


About Abdul-Malik Merchant
Muslim. Husband. Father. Associate Imam @ISBCC. UQU grad. Boston resident. DC native. Biker. Goofy. Straight up.

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