Allah the Almighty has described the Holy Quran as a Book free from imperfection. It contains guidelines about every aspect of our lives, and it also serves to comfort the believers in times of difficulty. Allah says:
“and We have revealed the Book to you explaining clearly everything”. (Quran 16:89)
Also, Allah says in Surah 2 verse 185:
“………a guidance for mankind and clear evidence and discrimination (between wrong)”.
As mentioned in the latter verse, Quran makes clear what is right and what is wrong. It also makes clear how one can attain goodness. In this article, we shall take a look at a few of the numerous good traits described in the holy Quran in order that we may learn and hopefully put them into practice.
1.Purity/Cleanliness: – It is a common saying that cleanliness is next to Godliness. Well, the Prophet of Islam (Muhammed SAW) said that “Cleanliness is half of faith”. In Islam, cleanliness is of extreme significance and includes both Physical and spiritual purity.
To be spiritually pure means to distance oneself from sins and evil deeds. This can be attained by purifying one’s intentions when doing good deeds. A spiritually clean person is free from hatred, jealousy, polytheism, selfishness and other such characteristics.
Physical purity entails personal hygiene (washing the genitals after using the toilet, shaving, bathing, wearing clean clothes, brushing, using perfumes), as well as environmental hygiene (especially places of worship). Allah says:
“Children of Adam! Wear fine clothing in every mosque… “Surat al-A’raf: 31 “And We located the position of the House for Ibrahim: “Do not associate anything with Me, and purify My House for those who circle it and for those who stand and bow and prostrate.” Surat al-Hajj: 26
2.Consuming halal food: – This is a very sensitive point that a lot of us unfortunately tend to ignore or forget. Allah says:
“Mankind! Eat of what is good and lawful on earth. Do not follow in the footsteps of Satan, (for) he truly is an outright enemy to you.” Surat al-Baqara: 168
Allah also relates the story of the People pf the Cave in order to show us that the believers only consume what is pure.
“… They said: “Your Lord knows best how long you have been here. Send one of your number into the city with this silver that you have, so that he can see which food is purest and bring you some of it to eat…” Surat al-Kahf: 19”
3.Walking modestly: – Another characteristic of a believer is that when they walk, they walk, they walk humbly. Walking arrogantly is a trait of Shaytan and must be avoided. In Surah I- Isra verse 37, Allah says:
“Do not walk proudly on the earth; your feet cannot tear apart the earth nor are you as tall as the mountains”.
4.Speaking gently: – True believers are also known for their beautiful speech. A Muslim should not raise his/her voice unnecessarily, or use foul language. Remember when Luqman (pbuh) was advising his son and he said:
“… lower your voice. The most hateful voice is the donkey’s bray.” Surah Luqman: 19
5.Being kind: – If we read about the lives of some of the great sahaba, we would see that some of them didn’t have much, but they were very kind and generous. Therefore, the believers are known for their immense kindness. Allah says:
“Your Lord has decreed that you should worship none but Him, and that you should show kindness to your parents. Whether one or both of them reach old age with you, do not say “Ugh!” to them out of irritation and do not be harsh with them, but speak to them with gentleness and generosity.” Surat al-Isra”: 23
“… be good to your parents, relatives, orphans, and the very poor. Speak good words to people…” Surat al-Baqara: 83
6.Being Hospitable: – Anyone who does not feel hospitable to his guests should check his faith again. Remember the story of prophet Ibrahim (pbuh), and how he was a very hospitable man. The Quran relates:
“Has the story reached you of the honored guests of Ibrahim? Behold, they entered his presence and said: “Peace!” He said: “Peace!” (and thought: “These seem) unusual people.” Then he turned quickly to his household, brought out a fattened calf, and placed it before them. He said: “Will you not eat?” Surat adh-Dhariyat: 24-27
Although being a Muslim can be quite challenging today, we must never give up. We must strive hard to develop these characteristics if we wish to be successful.