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Islamic Manners
Beware of jealousy, for verily it destroys good deeds the way fire destroys wood
- He (sallallh alaihi wa-sallam) said: "Beware of jealousy, for verily it destroys good deeds the way fire destroys wood." [Ab Dawd]
Islamic Manners (4): Good Treatment of Parents (Birr al-Wlidayn)
Ab Rumaysah
- From the al-Adb al-Islm (Islamic Manners) series: Disobedience to parents is to oppose them in their desires and objectives that are permissible, likewise to be good to them is to obey them in their permissible goals and objectives. Therefore if one of them, or both of them, order their child with something, it is obligatory upon him to obey them so long as that order contains nothing that would incur disobedience of Allh.
Islamic Manners (3): Justice (Inŝf)
Ab Rumaysah
- From the al-Adb al-Islm (Islamic Manners) series: The whole of the Islamic Law is just and stands for justice, it promotes it and prohibits its opposite: injustice and wrongdoing
Islamic Manners (2): Fulfilling the Trusts
Ab Rumaysah
- From the al-Adb al-Islm (Islamic Manners) series: The meaning of fulfilling trusts is general to discharging our duties to Allh, the Muslims, and His creation
Islamic Manners (1): Şidq (Truthfulness)
Ab Rumaysah
- From the al-Adb al-Islm (Islamic Manners) series
Forgiveness: The Mark of a Believer
Ibn Taymiyyah
- How to develop this important trait.
'Abdul-'Azz Ibn Bz
- The importance of seeking 'Ilm (knowledge)
Leaving that which does not concern you
Nathim Sultn
- Abu Hurayrah, may Allah be pleased with him, narrated that the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam, said, what translated means, 'A sign of one's excellence in his Islam, is ignoring what does not concern him.' Related by Ahmad, Malik & At-Tirmithi
Forty Hadeeth On: The Islamic Personality
'Al Hasan 'Al 'Abdul Hamd
- A Collection of Forty Hadeeth focusing on the personality/characteristics of the true Believer
The Advice of Sufyn ath-Thawr
Salm al-Hill
- From Al-Ibaanah Issue 1, Dhul-Qadah 1415H / April 1995: And he was one of the noble ones of Shm and their worshippers, and Sufyn ath-Thawr wrote the famous letter to him, being a testament, and mention of manners, wisdoms, examples and admonitions, taken from Min Wasyus-Salaf (pp.19-25)
The Manners of Companionship
Badrud-Dn al-Ghazz
- The Prophet, May the Peace and Blessings be upon him, said: A person is upon the religion of his friend, so let every one of you look to whom he keeps as a friend.
The Mountain Pass
Muhammad al-Sharf
- In Srah Balad, Allh teaches us about the mountain pass that must be climbed in our lives. And this way of climbing that I've just described is very close to how Allh wants us to overcome this mountain pass - hard and strong! But wait ... what mountain pass?
Secularism and Moral Values
Dr. Ja`far Sheikh Idris
- Moral values, such as honesty, trustworthiness, justice and chastity, are originally innate values which Allh planted in the hearts of mankind; Secularism, on the other hand, even in its less virulent form satisfies itself with removing religion from political life, rejecting it and the innate values as a basis for legislation, undermines the two foundations for moral values in the hearts of mankind.
A Good Example at Home
'Abdul-Br ibn Awad ath-Thubayt
- Friday Sermon from the Prophet's Mosque in Madina, on 15th Rabeeuth-Thaanee 1422AH: Today the Muslim family faces a grim offensive aimed at shaking its very foundations, by undoing the family ties, spoiling the womens characters, discarding family values, and calling towards nudity, mixing of the sexes and disinhibition. And if the family is destroyed, will there then remain any Muslim nation?
'Abdul Muhsin Ibn Muhammad al-Qsim
- Friday Sermon from the Prophet's Mosque in Madina, on 29th Rabeeuth-Thaanee 1422AH: Islam is a religion that has its basics and principles deeply rooted and strongly fortified. It enjoins all noble traits and forbids all corrupt deeds. It teaches that mans elevation lies in religiosity and good conduct. Self refinement enlivens hearts and leads to commendable characters...
Paying visits and its etiquette
'Abdul-Br ibn Awad ath-Thubayt
- Friday Sermon from the Prophet's Mosque in Madina, on 6th Jumadal-ulaa 1422AH: Brothers in Islam! Exchanging visits for the sake of Allaah among Muslims gladdens the hearts and it is a cause for Allaahs love...
Promises, Promises
Sumayyah bint Joan
- No two words can invoke as much hope and confidence as, "I promise." As children we are taught that promises are unbreakable pledges which cannot be defaulted on under any circumstances. But, as we grow older, the old adage of, "promises were meant to be broken," more often justifies the lack of commitment and follow-through placed behind these two words.
Encouraging truthfulness and warning against lying
'Al Abd-ur-Rahmn al-Hudhaif
- Friday Sermon from the Prophet's Mosque in Madina, on 11th Rajab 1422AH: Truthfulness reveals mans upbringing, pure mind and good nature while lying reveals mans filthy mind and bad conduct. Truth saves while lying destroys...
Kindness and Generosity
Ab Bakr Jbir al-Jaza'iry
- Generosity is a characteristic of the Muslim, and kindness is his disposition. The Muslim should not be miserly and stingy, for these are two reprehensible traits whose presence spoils the soul and darkens the heart. The Muslim's faith and righteous deeds purify and radiate his heart, so being stingy and miserly negates the purity of the soul, and the light of the heart. So a Muslim is not miserly or stingy.
'Al Abd-ur-Rahmn al-Hudhaif
- Man's happiness lies in maintaining the nature upon which Allh created the creation. He should not allow his nature to deviate from the straight path nor should he live it for neither desires and doubts nor should he left his soul at the mercy of devils among the jinn and mankind. He should rather seek the protection of his soul with Allh, rely on Him and hold fast unto the upright religion of Allh. [(Dhul-Hijjah 22, 1424 (February 13, 2004)]
Who should one befriend?
Umar as Subayyil
- Friday Sermon given at the Holy Mosque in Makkah, JumaadalUlaa 27, 1422AH: "Friends on that Day (the Day of Judgement) will be foes except alMuttaqoon (the pious)."(AzZukhruf 43: 67)
How the Islamic faith encourages worldly advancement
- The Muslims are not like anyone else. When they adhere to their religion, they are at the forefront in worldly affairs too, but when they forsake their religion and neglect it, they end up tailing behind others. The Muslims religion motivates them to advance, and they fall behind when they fall away from their religion.
The Most Merciful shows Mercy to those who have Mercy on Others
Muhammad Musa Nasr
- Allaah has named Himself Ar-Rahmaan and Ar-Raheem, so he is the Most Merciful of this world and the Hereafter (i.e. Ar-Rahmaan) and the bestower and giver of mercy (i.e. Raheem). This is why He has commanded it in every place and in every situation. So every action that is void of mercy, then there is no blessing in it, nor any good. And the servants of Allaah showing mercy towards one another is a cause for Allaah sending His mercy down on them.
Justice and Equity
Ab Bakr Jbir al-Jaza'iry
- The Muslim considers justice in its general context to be one of the most obligatory and necessary obligations, since Allah commanded it in His saying:

"Verily, Allah enjoins justice, and doing good, and giving (help) to kith and kin." (16:90).

Forgiveness - An Important Virtue
Asif Uddin
- Forgiveness is not easy to do and that is why the rewards are so high. Someone may say: I will forgive everyone except for such and such a person because you dont know what s/hes done to me. Remember what we have done against Allah and yet he forgives us for nothing in return.
Ab Bakr Jbir al-Jaza'iry
- The Muslim does not consider Ihsan - meaning to do things in the best possible manner - to be merely a virtuous trait that beautifies character. Rather he considers Ihsan to be part of his creed and a major part of his Islam, since the religion of Islam is founded upon three matters: faith, Islam and Ihsan.
Bad Characteristics : Oppression
Ab Bakr Jbir al-Jaza'iry
- The Muslim does not behave unjustly, nor should he be dealt with unjustly. He is not the cause of oppression for anyone, nor does he accept being oppressed by anyone.
Bad Characteristics: Envy
Ab Bakr Jbir al-Jaza'iry
- The Muslim does not envy, since envy is not part of the Muslim characteristic, it will not befit the Muslim as long as he has a love of good for others and behaves unselfishly. This is because envy is a contradiction to the love of good for others and selflessness.
Acquiring good characteristics
- A good attitude is the characteristic of the best of the Messengers and is the best action of the righteous.
"...If you try to make him slip, you will never make him slip."
Sister Fajr
- A look at the favourable characteristics of a believer relying mostly on statements of the past scholars
Because Forgiveness is The Nature of The Free
Sister Fajr
- Discussion regarding apologies, accepting excuses and forgiving.
Anecdotes on the Condemnation of al-Ghibah (gossip/backbiting)
Husayn al-'Awyishah
- This article contains various quotes concerning backbiting.
The Great Virtue of Lowering the Gaze
Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah
- It is for this reason that lowering ones gaze from (seeing) the prohibited things necessarily leads to three benefits that carry tremendous value and are of great significance.
The Mother of the Believers : an Example for Women
Ibn Kathr
- Enjoining certain Manners so that the Mothers of the Believers may be an Example; and the Prohibition of Tabarruj
Ar-Riyaa (Showing Off)
Saleem al-Hilaalee
- What has been said about Showing off in the Quran and Sunnah and its cures.
Manners and Traits Every Muslim Should be Adorned with
Abdul Karim Al-Khodheir
- Islam prescribes certain manners and traits for every Muslim to adorn his / her character
'Al Abd-ur-Rahmn al-Hudhaif
- The Messenger of Allh said, Indeed, Allh created mercy in one hundred parts. And He sent only one part to the earth by which the creatures show compassion to one another. It is out of this one part that you see a horse or a she-camel raises her hoof off her young one lest she crushes it. Allh withholds the remaining ninety nine parts in order to shower it on His slaves on the Day of Resurrection. (Al-Bukhr)
Islamic Manners (5): Joining the Ties of Kinship
Ab Rumaysah
- From the al-Adb al-Islm (Islamic Manners) series: 'Joining the ties of kinship (ŝilatu-r-rahim) means to behave well with near of kin as the situation demands. Sometimes this is done by giving them charity, or spending on them, and other times it is done by serving them, or visiting them, or greeting them with the salam, and other such matters.'
A Return to Excellence
- Al-Ibaanah Magazine Editorial Dhul-Qadah 1415H / April 1995: It is hoped that this bi-monthly magazine - which is in the hands of the honourable reader - will convey this original state of affairs, which has as its pure and sweet spring, the Qurn and the Sunnah, built upon the understanding of the Salafus-Slih - the pious predecessors of this Ummah
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