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The Main Reason Why You’ll Enter Paradise!

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by Khawlah bint Yahya

It is the main reason people will enter Paradise.
It counts highest on your Scale of Deeds and makes you close to the Prophet on Day of Judgment.
It causes you to reach the stations of those engrossed in worship.
And it was the way of the Prophet ﷺ.

What is it?

It is husnul khuluq— good inner and outer character, the absolute link to being truly productive as a Muslim. Looking at yourself now, how is your character?

Good Character in Islam: The Missing Link

Anas ibn Malik radiyAllahu `anhu said, The Messenger of Allah ﷺ had the best character of anyone. I did not touch any silk brocade nor silk softer than the palm of the Messenger of Allah ﷺ. I did not smell any scent sweeter than the scent of the Messenger of Allah ﷺ. I served the Messenger of Allah ﷺ for ten years and he never said to me, ‘Uff‘ nor did he say about anything I had done, ‘Why did you do that?’ nor about anything I had not done, ‘Why did you not do that?

To start off, according to Islam, good character is made up of two aspects: khalq is your outer character (how you interact with others, your looks) and khuluq refers to the inner (like respect for others, love of Allah ‘azza wajal, patience). If someone has good khalq and khuluq so that his character is good from the outside and the inside, then he has a complete character.

It happens a lot that people use the “inner” as an excuse to not have a good outer character. Some people are very pious and are always in the masjid but they interact with others in a very harsh way.

Or people simply focus on the outer, neglecting the inner. They are great with people but their relationship with Allah subhanahu wa ta’alaa is neglected.

Quality Time

Sometimes we are not in need of increasing our acts of worship, but we need to improve the quality of our acts of worship and the quality of how we interact with others.

If you truly desire to be productive and fill up your Scale of Deeds, then you strive to be good inside and outside.

Don’t You Want To Be the Best of the Best?

‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr ibn al-’As radiyallahu ‘anhu said, The Messenger of Allah ﷺ was neither obscene nor indecent. He used to say, ‘The best of you are the best in character.’

Good character is an attribute of the prophets and the truthful and the opposite leads to the many ways of Shaytan. Having good character is not something you only do for yourself; it has an incredible effect on your children and on non-Muslims. SubhanAllah, showing good character is the best dawah ever! Imagine someone becoming a Muslim by the Grace of Allah, just by being motivated by your character.

What is Good Character?


Hassan al-Basri said, Good character is generosity, striving to help others and giving people the benefit of the doubt. Ibn Mubarak said, It is to have a warm smile, struggle towards good and avoid harming others. Imam Ahmad said, To avoid anger, threatening others and grant people the benefit of the doubt.

Seven  Amazing  Virtues of Good Character!

1. Good character is the main reason people will enter Paradise.

Rasulullah salallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, And what is most likely to send people to Paradise? Being conscious of Allah and good manners. (Al-Bukhari)
He salallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam also said: I guarantee a house on the outskirts of the Garden to anyone who abstains from disputation, even if he is in the right, and a house in the middle of the Garden for anyone who abandons lying, even when he jests, and a house at the highest of the Garden for anyone who has good character.

2. Be highest on the scale.

Rasulullah salallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam: Nothing is weightier on the Scale of Deeds than one’s good manners.(Al-Bukhari)

3. Be close to the Prophet on the Day of Judgment

The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said,  Those I love most and those sitting nearest to me on the Day of Rising will be those of you with the best character. Those most hateful to me and the furthest of you from me on the Day of Rising will be the pompous, the braggarts and the arrogant . . .” [part of the narration]

4. Reach the stations of those engrossed in worship.

‘A’isha radiyallahu ‘anha said, “I heard the Messenger of Allah say, ‘By his good character a believer can reach the same rank as someone who fasts and prays at night.”
How beautiful is it if the person fasts and prays at night, and perfects his character, then no one can compare to him.

5. Be beloved of Allah and His Messenger
.

The Prophet said, in Tabaraani, “The most beloved servants of Allah, to Allah, are the best of them in character.”

6. Good Character was the way of the Prophet
ﷺ.

In Surah Qalam, ayah 4 Allah subhanahu wa ta’alaa says:  And indeed, you are of a great moral character.

7. Maintain the most perfect belief.

The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said, The believers with the most perfect belief are the best of them in character. The best of you are the best of you towards your wives.

Mission Possible

Now, is it possible to improve your character?
There are two types of people; some are blessed by Allah to have naturally a noble character and others have to develop it by training themselves with knowledge and effort. An example is people who are very calm by nature and people who easily get angry. It takes the latter struggle and practice to restrain their anger and gain the reward from Allah ‘azza wajal.

An example is the companion Ashj ʻAbul al-Qayis to whom the Prophet ﷺ said, You have two qualities which Allah and His messenger ﷺ love – forbearance and ease. In another narration, Ashj asked the Prophet ﷺ, Are these qualities that I have acquired, or did Allah fashion me this way? The Prophet ﷺ responded, Allah created you that way. Upon hearing this Ashj responded, All praise be to Allah who created me with two characteristics beloved to Him and His messenger!

So thank Allah subhanahu wa ta’alaa for the qualities He blessed you with!

The Prophet ﷺ said, I was sent only to complete noble character. This means having a noble character, inside and outside, is within reach for all of us!

So how to attain it?

By learning and practicing. Good character is based on five important qualities: Knowledge; A willingness to change; Patience; Good nature; Sound submission – Islam.  (Ibn ul Qayyim)

Here are some practical tips on how to strive for a good character:

1.      Be sincere in asking Allah to give you good character; make dua day and night!

2.      Be patient and keep trying; fight your nafs to leave lying, bad words, bad environments, etc.

3.      Be with people of good character; make dua Allah ‘azza wajal brings righteous people on your path.

4.      Accept advice and seek forgiveness from others; if your mother says, my son, don’t say that.  You should listen to her, and don’t be arrogant.  Arrogance is rejecting truth, even if it is from your child, or your wife. You will not enter Paradise if there is even a grain of arrogance in your heart.  Even if it is a disbeliever who corrects your mistake, accept his advice.

5.      Read books about good character; look in the Seerah, it was said:  I don’t beautify Muhammad by my words, rather he beautifies my words.

Homework

Try to use this dua made by the Prophet sal allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam from now on.
Oh Allah, guide us to the best of character, none guides to it except You! And turn away from us evil character, for none can turn it away from us except You.

May Allah subhanahu wa ta’alaa help us in our struggle for a noble character. Ameen!

I pray you will benefit,

~Khawlah bint Yayha, United Kingdom

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30 Comments

  1. Shabs January 4, 2013 Reply

    Beautifully written and thank you for the last dua. Jazhakallah Khair

  2. Kaken Badjie January 4, 2013 Reply

    Subhanallah, may Allah make us attain Good Character. Amen

  3. Pathan Imran Khan January 4, 2013 Reply

    This is indeed a very good reminder. JazakAllahu khairan. :)

  4. Motiour Rahman January 4, 2013 Reply

    Al hamdulillah, May Allah grant you the best reward.

  5. Muhammad Khalid Khan January 4, 2013 Reply

    Shukran wa Jazakum Allah Khair. Very well written. This is the beauty of our Deen that everything is possible to come on a track of Islam by Dua from Allah Subhanahu wa Taala with excellent deeds.

  6. Ahmad Awufour Luqman January 4, 2013 Reply

    May Allah give us Jannah bi Rahmatihee.

  7. Abdul Hakeem H January 4, 2013 Reply

    Jazakallah khairen Brother.

  8. Awais farooq January 4, 2013 Reply

    Allah amal ki taqat de…ameen
    Jazakumullah….

  9. Moiz ahmed January 4, 2013 Reply

    Jazakalla khair. It helped me a lot.

  10. Kachallah Malah January 4, 2013 Reply

    May Allah help us with good character both in and out. Ameen.

    • Idris M K Poly February 2, 2013 Reply

      good nigt daddy how are you are you fine how your study

  11. Assia Shaukat January 5, 2013 Reply

    Asalam au alaikum (wrwb)
    Jazakhiar for the beautiful reminder, may Allah (swt) give us the tawfiq to implement the deen according to the sunna of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)…ameen.

  12. Amani Iqbal January 5, 2013 Reply

    mashallah!! Beautiful article sister…great reminder..may Allah bless you always…

  13. Shaukat Riaz January 5, 2013 Reply

    MaMashalla Very Nice, ALLAHA THE GREAT will bless yo you.

  14. Shaukat Riaz January 5, 2013 Reply

    SORRY, there was typing error.
    Mashalla Very Nice, ALLAHA THE GREAT will bless yo you.

  15. Zohra January 5, 2013 Reply

    Subhanallah..very well written..Beautifully explained the topic..

  16. Yusoph Taha January 5, 2013 Reply

    Jazakallahu kairan, May Allah grants us with good characters aspect in and out to enter paradise.

  17. The paradise is not guranteed to Muslims who can only hope to enter (if forgiven) by His mercy.

  18. Habib January 6, 2013 Reply

    Mashallah dna barakallahu feek…you are a very good writer…

    Your articles always leave a positive effect on me, inspiring me to change

    I have a question for everyone…

    According to the hadeeth you mentioned above, Anas ibn Malik radiyAllahu `anhu said that he worked for The Prophet (pbuh) for 10 years and the Prophet never told him not to do that and never got irritated with him

    So here is my question, suppose have a child who is doing things in the wrong way…how do we correct him or her

    What if you are working with a younger employee, and he is being lazy or not doing his job properly…how do you teach him

    What is the methodology to correct someone?

    If you can give us a step by step example, I would highly appreciate it

    Jazakallah khair

    • richard(rashid) January 17, 2013 Reply

      The answer to your question is in the writing of the question,it takes time and patience to help a person to the path of knowledge,how long after you was born did it take for you to walk,talk,read and write?i bet a long time,advice comes from knowledge of your mistakes wich were put rite by you,a friend or your parents,advice by patient words and do not look for faults,if a fault stands out in the person that you are advising do not let him know,your advice will in due cotime rectify the fault.

  19. Nasreen Khan January 6, 2013 Reply

    Assalaamu Alaikum! Beautiful article. May Allah SWT help us in acquiring excellent morals and character, and in practicing them. Ameen.

  20. sana January 7, 2013 Reply

    subhan allah……… these topics are really boosting iman as well as beautifying islam…

  21. Fatoumata January 7, 2013 Reply

    Alhamdulil Lahi Rabil Allameen. How do I say the last dua in Arabic language?

  22. Fatou Camara January 7, 2013 Reply

    Assallaamu Allaikum. Very educative. May Allah SWT purify our hearts and give us Iman, good character and morals. May we be amongst the neighbourings in the Highest Jannah tul Firdaus. Ameen.

  23. Abubakar Sheryffdeen A, Wonderful presentation n excellent writin...may Allah bless us wt His rahmat 2 lead a pious lyf.I 'll b very appreciative if d last prayer cud b written in Arabic,shukran January 8, 2013 Reply

    Pls,bring in d comment above downward

  24. Aaqib Qureshi January 12, 2013 Reply

    Assalam-o-alaikum… May ALLAH Almighty grant you with best reward and grant you with more strength and courage… and May ALLAH Almighty bring us on the right path and forgive us. Ameen..

  25. Madhar Sahib March 8, 2013 Reply

    good .

  26. fauza May 6, 2013 Reply

    Allihamdullillah

  27. umme zaib December 31, 2013 Reply

    Subhan’Allah, very thought provoking articles from you sister.
    May Allah give you best of both worlds.

  28. ukht fid deen June 18, 2014 Reply

    Very well written oughty Allahumma baarik! This article certainly made me think. At the end you mentioned a dua which was made by our beloved prophet peace and blessings be upon him. Do you perhaps have this dua in Arabic? Jazaak Allahu ghairan wa salaam alaikum.

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