Having a good moral character is key to the life of every Muslim. The Muslim’s personality must be characterized with upright values, attitudes and behaviors. The Prophet Muhammad (Salalahu Alaihi Wasalam) was sent down to correct the affairs of the people; to guide them to what is morally right and to forbid them from engaging in anything immoral. It is as a result of this that Islam sees the encouragement of good and prohibition of evil as a virtue that Muslims must always be involved in.
The Prophet (Salalahu Alaihi Wasalam) is quoted to have said “I have been sent for the purpose of perfecting good morals.” Guiding mankind to good manners and towards good is the essence of the missions of all the prophets (Alaihimu Salam) that Allaah sent down to mankind.
It is therefore the responsibility of every Muslim to have a good moral character. This will make the person approachable as people will feel reassured to engage him in their affairs. This is how the prophet lived his life. Even his enemies knew him and regarded him as a person with a high moral standing.
Allaah has attested to the Prophet’s high morals in the following verse:
“And verily, you O Mohammad are on an exalted character” (Al-Qur’an 68:4)
Allaah did not praise the Prophet for wealth or lack thereof, for the number of children he had or battles won; but for his exemplary character. We can therefore see that no matter how deep once pocket is, no matter how related or connected a person is, if they don’t have a good character, all what they ‘have’ would ultimately be meaningless. This is because all achievements are useless in the absence of good morals.
In the Quran Allaah tells us the following:
“Verily as for those who believe and do righteous deeds, certainly we shall not suffer to be lost the reward of anyone who does his righteous deeds in the most perfect manner” (Al-Qur’an 18:30).
There are various instances in the Quran where Allaah talks about believe and doing righteous deeds. Islamic scholars have looked at this and they are of the consensus that believe is a matter of the heart, and once it is founded on true belief, then it will be followed with actions that are good. The person who says he believes (in his heart) but whose actions betray the believe in Allaah, His Prophets, His books, the last day and divine destiny must check his heart again to see the nature of his belief. Such a person is either fronting their belief in Allaah, or they lack proper understanding of what it really means to believe in Allaah.
There is no ambiguity in the religion of Allaah, Islam. As such we should strive to follow in the footsteps of the Prophet Muhammad (Salalahu Alaihi Wasalam) in the noble and exemplary way he lead his life. As Muslims we should always comport ourselves with the best of behaviors and we must always engage in good and therefore stay clear from evil. We stand apart also for having been commanded to advice on what is good and to prohibit from what is evil. This is a duty on all Muslims.