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    Perfecting One's Character

    Perfecting One's Character
    Imam Ibn ul Qayyim al Jawziyyah

    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."

    "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 [published by QSS]. It explains three conditions needed to acquire
    good manners, meaning proper nature, controlling one's nafs and sound


    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. Inf 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.

    "I put my trust in Allah, my Lord and your Lord! There is not a moving creature, but He has a grasp of its forelock. Verily, my Lord is on the straight path. (The truth)"

    JazakAllah khair for posting these hadiths.

    [This message has been edited by Dil he Pakistani (edited February 27, 2002).]