Good character

Good character and behaviour are an integral part of most faiths and Islam is no different. Their great importance is emphasised by Prophet Muhammad’s words: “I have only been sent to perfect good manners. (Muhammad) and, “The best amongst you are the best in character.” (Muhammad).

The Prophet’s examples, and the messages in the Holy Quran, are the loom from which the moral fibres of the community are tightly woven; no one is to be forgotten – from simple greetings, through to the obligations of visiting the sick.

If you scratch the surface of Islamic history you find many examples that demonstrate the etiquettes a Muslim should uphold. One, which parallels the Christian belief of ‘love thy neighbour’, is the declaration that “He is not a believer, he who eats to his fill, whilst his neighbour besides him goes hungry,”(Muhammad) or the statement that “None of you truly believes until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.” (Muhammad).