Musjid-ut-Taqwa, Pietermaritzburg, KZN, South Africa .
As Muslims, our character, morals and etiquette should differentiate us from others. Non-Muslims are not so attentive to our beautiful Salaah, Tilawah, Zikr, and other Ibaadaat as they are to our character and dealings with others.
Wherever the Sahabah (RA) went, it was their character which attracted so many, which often became the focus of attention as well as admiration.
When Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) invited the Quraysh to the worship of ONE Allah, he climbed Mount Safa and called out to his people, calling every family of the Quraysh. When they arrived, he asked them: ‘If I told you that horsemen were advancing to attack you from the valley on the other side of the hill, would you believe me?’
Simultaneously and immediately, they all responded: ‘Yes, we have always found you honest.’
Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi waSallam) presented his credentials to them : That that person who has never spoken a lie for 40 years, do you think he is going to do so now, in his invitation to the worship of One Allah?
How many of us can present trustworthiness, honesty and truthfulness as outstanding traits within us, let alone beautiful speech and beautiful etiquette in our dealings with people?
This is one of the main reasons why a large number of non-Muslims remain aloof from Islam. Our poor character and our poor dealings have become a barrier to them coming into Islam. It is as if we are standing at the door of Islam, and keeping them out – or pushing them away. …Have we ever given thought as to how we are going to answer for this?
Islam is not only Salaah, Fasting, Hajj and ‘Umrah. …These forms of worship only make up one branch of Shariah … The person may be fulfilling the rights of the Creator (Allah Ta’ala) but he is at the same time displeasing Allah Ta’ala by neglecting and violating the rights of creation (Makhlooq).
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