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    Perfecting One's Character

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    Ibn ul Qayyim on Perfecting One's Character

    The Prophet sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam used to make a number of
    supplications related to good character.

    "O Allah, guide me to good character, none guides to good character but
    You..." [Muslim]

    "O Allah, I seek refuge in you from bad character, deeds and desires."
    [at-Tirmidhee]

    "O Allah, You perfectly created me, so perfect my character." [Ahmad]

    "O Allah, I seek refuge in you from disability and laziness; from
    cowardice
    and avarice; from decrepitude and harshness; from negligence and
    impoverishment, from lowness and humiliation. And I seek refuge in You
    from
    poverty and disbelief; from sinfulness, disunity and hypocrisy; from
    notability and riyaa' (show off)..." [Ahmad, Maalik, Bazaar, Haithami
    and
    ibn `Abd al-Barr authenticated it.

    The following beneficial excerpt is from "The Magnificent Journey" by
    ibn ul
    Qayyim [publ by QSS]. It explains three conditions needed to acquire
    good
    manners, meaning proper nature, controlling one's nafs and sound
    knowledge.


    Three Conditions to Acquire Excellent Manners

    This is one example of the excellent manners with which Allah (ta`aala)
    has
    equipped his Messenger (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam). He described
    him as,

    "Verily, You [Muhammad] are on an exalted standard on character."
    [68:4]

    `Aa'ishah, radhiallaahu `anhu, described him as, "His character was
    just [a
    reflection of] the Qur'aan." [Muslim, Aboo Daawood, Ahmad]

    Such excellent character cannot be attained without three conditions:

    1. The foundation must be good. If one has a rough and dry nature, it
    will
    be hard for him to submit to this [excellence of character] through
    knowledge, will, or practice. On the other hand, a mild and smooth
    nature
    will be ready and willing to receive the plowing and the seeds [to
    prepare
    it for character excellence].

    2. The soul must be strong and capable of conquering calls of laziness,
    transgression, and desire. Those matters contradict perfection, and
    souls
    which cannot defeat them will always be defeated and conquered.

    3. [One must possess] a discerning knowledge of the truth of matters,
    enabling one to put them in the rightful position, and to distinguish
    between flash and cancer - between glass and jewels.

    If these three qualities are present in a man, and Allah's facilitation
    helps him, then he will be among those whom the best (husnaa) has been
    decreed and for whom Allah's care has been secured.

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    #2
    JazakAllah

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      #3
      Thanks Sadiaa for sharing.

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        #4
        very nice, keep up the good work
        There are only two forces in the world, the sword and the spirit. In the end the sword will always be conquered by the spirit. --Napoleon Bonaparte

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          #5
          thanks for sharing

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