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Noble manners of Islam
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The essence of this religion (Islam) is based on a set of noble manners as the

Prophet, peace be upon him, said: “Verily I have been sent as a teacher. I was sent

,to perfect and complete honorable morals”. (Sunan Ibn Majah)

In Islam there are ritualistic acts of worship as well as transactional ones. And unless the transactional acts of worship are mastered, the ritualistic acts will never be efficient. We find lots of directives emphasizing this. Take for instance the case when the prophet said to one person who just achieved his prayer: “Go back and perform prayer (Salat), for indeed you have not prayed“, also he said in an other context: “He, who does not prohibit his prayer from immorality and wrongdoing, he did not create between him and God except a big gap” (Al-Jami’

li Ahkam al-Qur’an, narrated from Ibn Mas’ud and Ibn Abbas). He, peace be upon

him claimed that “If one does not eschew lies and false conduct, Allah has no need that he should abstain from his food and his drink”, (Al-Jami’ li Ahkam al-
.Qur’an), “Do Hajj before you done it” (Al-Jaami As-Sagheer(

These and many Hadiths shows that these acts of worship are even based on good manners; there is no essence of religion without good manners. Take the famous lesson of what our master Jaafar said to Najashi. He told him: “We were people in a state of ignorance and immorality, worshipping idols and eating the flesh of dead animals, committing all sorts of abomination and shameful deeds, breaking the ties of kinship, treating guests badly and the strong among us exploited the weak. We remained in this state until Allah sent us a Prophet (peace be upon him), one of our own people whose lineage, truthfulness, trustworthiness and integrity were well known to us. He called us to worship Allah alone and to renounce the stones and the idols, which our ancestors and we used to worship besides Allah. He commanded us to speak the truth, to honor our promises, to be kind to our relations, to be helpful to our neighbors,

.”to cease all forbidden acts, to abstain from bloodshed

In fact it is the correct authentic morality that transcends its owner. Highness will be reached only through the path of religion; the Almightily God always insists on manners. If God loves a person He gives him good manners as this is stated in many
.hadiths

Some intellectuals, who believe in their philosophical theories, claim that manners without religion are just a mess. Other say: The religion and good manners are two faces of the same coin. They cannot be separated from one another. Without religion there cannot be manners: there cannot be manners except through faith in God firstly, the belief in the immortality of the soul secondly and the faith in the account

.after resurrection thirdly

The Imam Bukhari and the Imam Muslim in their truly books narrated from Abdullah Ibn Amr Ibn al-As’ that the Prophet, peace be upon him, said: “Whosoever possesses these four characteristics is a sheer hypocrite; and anyone who possesses one of them possesses a characteristic of hypocrisy till he gives it up. These are: when he is entrusted with something, he proves dishonest; when he speaks, he tells a lie; when he makes a covenant, he proves treacherous; and when he quarrels, he behaves in very imprudent, evil, insulting manner”. Nowadays there is a new science known as “Temperament Science”, and the Prophet, Peace be upon him, pointed to this science nicely. He said: “The believers are created from all traits ”. You may find a believer open to the community, and you may find a believer who loves introversion with himself, and you may find a believer that cares a lot about his appearance, and you may find another believer who cares less than the first, and so forth according to temperaments, characteristics and attributes. But the Prophet, peace be upon him, also said: “The believers are created from all traits, except treachery and lying”

(Kanz al-‘Umma froml Abu Umamah). As soon as the person betrays or tells lies, his faith is sloughed from him, or he is sloughed from his faith as if he is in one valley
.and his faith in another

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