Halaqa 4-28-08: Islam and Character

Sisters Halaqa

April 28th, 2008

Speaker: Sr. Tomhe

Topic: Islam and Character

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OUTLINE:

1. The Arab Society before Our Prophet Recieved the Revelations

2. What Islam Teaches Us About Character

3. The Best Role Model: Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)

4. Knowledge

5. The 3 Characteristics of the Hypocrite

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1. The Arab Society before Our Prophet Recieved the Revelations

A. Over 300 statues were in the Ka’ba, the people worshiped other gods.

B. The Arab people, knew that at some point, Abraham (aka Ibrahim (pbuh)) had come to establish the Ka’ba as a place of worship, many years before, however they had very limited knowledge (or better put, remembrance of that event because it was before their time) and therefore, they didn’t have an understanding of who their Creator (Allah (swt)) was and they didn’t know how to pray properly.

C. Their society was uncivilized

– they could not read or write

– they used to drink a lot

– [there’s a lot more, check out a history book at your public library]

There is a reason why Islam came to them. Allah (swt) wanted to show ALL of Mankind how Islam can pick up the lowest of the low and make them the best of the Best people. When the revelations and Quran came to them the followers practiced it throughly and became the Best people in the world. They were the cleanest and had the best Characters.

Therefore, we can learn a lot about Islam and what it teaches us about Character.

2. What Islam Teaches Us About Character

A. Be Kind to Your Family and All of Creation

– we were created from one man and one woman so that we could be one family (one Ummah)

– care for one another

– be kind to all animals

– the one who does not give mercy ‘to mankind and all of creation (which includes animals)’, they will not be given mercy on the day of judgment

B. The best in the eyes of Allah (swt) is the one who follows his word and helps the people in this world (his family).

C. The most noble is the one who does everything for the sake of Allah (swt).

– ‘everything for the sake of Allah (swt)’: What does that mean? It means that we need to remember Allah (swt) before we take any action in our lives. We need to please him by doing good deeds and we need to fear his displeasure if we are not nice to those around us or engage in activities that go against the principles set forth by Islam.

– for all the good deeds that you do you will be rewarded

– don’t help someone for personal desires; help them because Allah (swt) wants you to and he is the one that you need to please

– don’t ever put someone down

– Muslims control their ego; they do not let their ego control them

– the best act that someone can perform is one that has the intention of pleasing Allah (swt) and is done with sincerity

D. Build relationships – don’t break relationships

– getting two enemies to become friends will be more rewarded then extra prayers and extra fasting

– One of our natural attributes, as being humans, is that we like to ‘build’ and ‘improve’, upon anything, whether it be knowledge, relationships, work, etc. Not a single one of us, was created by Allah (swt) as naturally disposed to having a destructive character. Our creation is one with attributes of gentleness, nobility, courage, etc. To learn more I encourage you to take a closer look at the ‘creation of Adam (pbuh)’ and the ’99 Names of Allah (swt)’; I will cover more on this in a later post.

E. Be considerate to everyone, whether you like them or not.

– Love each other for the sake of Allah (swt)

– If there is a discussion and people are sitting in a circle then don’t have your back to another person. This may sound a little extreme, but it goes to show the level of consideration that is shown to each other.

3. The Best Role Model: Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)

Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) was perfect in character and he ‘acted’ the Quran.

He was the last messenger and established an ‘everlasting message’ (the Quran) that will not be changed until the end of time. Hand in hand with the final revelation (the Holy Quran), he displayed the best character this world had ever seen during his time. After his death, as Muslims we follow his example because his humble display of good character was also an everlasting standard that every Muslim strives to match.

4. Knowledge

Share any knowledge you have.

The most Generous (in order): 1. Allah (swt) 2. Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) 3. Anyone who shares a little knowledge

“the ignorant is not from my Ummah” – Saying of the Prophet (pbuh)

Who is the ‘ignorant’? – the one who is not educating and educating others

5. The 3 Characteristics of the Hypocrite

– he talks lies

– he breaks promises

– they are trusted with something and they steal it/stab the other in the back

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SIDE NOTES:

If we mention/remember Allah (swt) he will mention us to the angels.

You can NEVER lose with Allah (swt), repent for your sins with sincerity and he will forgive you. Remember if you have Allah (swt) you have EVERYTHING. If you don’t have him you have NOTHING.

“Life” is very important

1. It is our collateral for the hereafter

2. the “time” you live in is so precious

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FINAL NOTE:

“Practice good character and you will strengthen the Ummah.”

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