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Importance of Good Behaviour

‘Good Behaviour‘ is a collective name for voluntary actions. A voluntary action is an action that a man could have done differently if he had so chosen. Allah has created us and given us countless gifts so that we may live happy and peaceful life. Whatever we have in this world is all due to Allah’s reward for our efforts. Allah says

قَدْ أَفْلَحَ ٱلْمُؤْمِنُونَ ٱلَّذِينَ هُمْ فِي صَلاَتِهِمْ خَاشِعُونَ وَٱلَّذِينَ هُمْ عَنِ ٱللَّغْوِ مُّعْرِضُونَ

“The believers must (eventually) win through, Those who humble themselves in their prayers, Who avoid vain talk.” (Surah Al-Mu’minun 23:1-3)

A believer considers the political and social system as the best medium of success in his world and hereafter and regards himself as bound to fulfil the duties imposed on him to perfection. Muslims understand that Islam and the Holy book Quran is a complete package that tells us how to spend our lives in the best manner. Allah says

وَعِبَادُ ٱلرَّحْمَـٰنِ ٱلَّذِينَ يَمْشُونَ عَلَىٰ ٱلأَرْضِ هَوْناً وَإِذَا خَاطَبَهُمُ الجَاهِلُونَ قَالُواْ سَلاَماً

“And the servants of the Most Merciful are those who walk upon the earth easily, and when the ignorant address them [harshly], they say [words of] peace.” (Surah Al-Furqan 25:63)

Islam sheds great importance on behaving during our lifetime. Haqooq Allah and Haqooq Al-Ibaad are given very important pillars in the lives of Muslims. While Haqooq Allah is the main goal of life, the way to it largely depends on how we participate in Haqooq Al-Ibaad. The life of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) reflects the teachings of the Quran and Allah. Allah says

Here is the concept of good behaviour in Islam centres around certain basic beliefs and principles:

  1. Behave for the fear of Allah and always speak the truth
  2. Behave should be helpful and benevolence to others
  3. Behave left an enduring impression on the history
  4. Behave for forgiving others for their mistakes
  5. Behave for good morals and perfect character 
  6. Behave for a walk on the earth with humility
  7. Behave to be dutiful towards your parents
  8. Behave for responsible for fellow beings
  9. Behave others with straightforwardness
  10. Behave to possess a noble character
  11. Behave others with generosity
  12. Behave others with sincerity
  13. Behave for the mercy of Allah
  14. Behave for production relations
  15. Behave for respecting your elders
  16. Behave for over the younger ones
  17. Behave for have love and fear of Allah 
  18. Behave for causing no harm to others
  19. Behave for settlement between people
  20. Behave for lawful and righteous deeds
  21. Behave for a stand out firmly for justice
  22. Behave love, and respect for all mankind
  23. Behave for ways to help the needy people
  24. Behaviour is basically to create personality
  25. Behave for all other society important aspects

Good Behaviour provides us with a stable and flawless set of values that remain unaltered under all circumstances. Dignity, restraint, politeness, and amiability have throughout the ages been counted among virtues, whereas snobbery, misbehaviour, and rudeness have never found recognition as good moral qualities. Allah says:

فَقُولَا لَهُ قَوْلًا لَّيِّنًا لَّعَلَّهُ يَتَذَكَّرُ أَوْ يَخْشَىٰ

“And speak to him with gentle speech that perhaps he may be reminded or fear [Allah].” (Surah Taha 20:44)

Good Behaviour in Islam covers the smallest details of domestic life as well as the broad aspects of national and international behaviour. It guides us in every stage of life. These regulations imply the widest application of moral principles in the affairs of our life and make us free from exclusive dependence on any other source of knowledge, except as an aid to this primary source.

Here is what the Quranic verses teach us about behaving:

  • “Do no favour seeking gain.” (Quran, 74:6)
  • “Serve Allah, being sincere to Him in obedience.” (Quran, 39:2)
  • “Those who can continue to spend on those less fortunate.” (Quran, 24:22)
  • “Don’t enter homes without permission & return if refused entry.” (Quran, 24:27-28)
  • “Don’t sit with those who mock religion until they change the subject.” (Quran, 4:140)
  • “Say it’s not appropriate to talk of slander when it’s mentioned to you.” (Quran, 24:16)
  • “If required to ask the Prophet’s wives, then do so from behind a screen.” (Quran, 33:53)
  • “Divorce in an amicable manner instead of keeping & harming your wife.” (Quran, 2:231)
  • “Punish in an equivalent manner to how you were harmed or be patient.” (Quran, 16:126)
  • “Do not ascribe purity to yourselves. Allah knows best who is righteous.” (Quran, 53:32)
  • “And that there is not for man except that [good] for which he strives.” (An-Najm 53:39)
  • “If they pass by some vain speech or play, they pass by it with dignity.” (Al-Furqan 25:72)
  • “And (Allah gave to the Soul) its enlightenment as to its wrong and its right…” (Quran, 91:8)
  • “Differences in colour & language are signs of Allah, not means of superiority.” (Quran, 49:13)

A believer has faith in the spiritual life and he knows that he can construct and nurture his future personality in this world and that he would be raised with the same on Judgment Day. Persons having a sense of responsibility and devotion to duty have always won the highest regard of men; never have people who are incompetent, slothful and lacking in sense of duty been looked upon with approval. Allah says

وَنَفْسٍ وَمَا سَوَّاهَا فَأَلْهَمَهَا فُجُورَ‌هَا وَتَقْوَاهَ قَدْ أَفْلَحَ مَن زَكَّاهَ وَقَدْ خَابَ مَن دَسَّاهَا

“The human soul – the way He moulded it and inspired it with knowledge of its evil and it’s good – bears witness to the fact that indeed he, who cleanses it [of all impiety] shall be successful while he, who corrupts it shall face doom.” (Surah Al-Shams 91: 7:10)

Good Behaviour stipulates for man a system of life that is based on all good and is free from all evil. It invokes the people, not only to practice virtue but also to establish virtue and eradicate vice, to bid good and to forbid wrong. Good Behaviour will be a day of mourning for the community and a bad day for the entire world if the efforts of this very community were at any time directed towards establishing evil and suppressing good.