Everyone desires good character. All cultures and religions strive to teach good manners so that individuals could attain good characters and thereby make a society good.
Looking after the physical body ensures body organs functioning well with less likely hood of diseases while the outer grooming ensures a good appearance. This is the “Soorat” of a person.
Similarly there is “Seerat” which is the character or personality of a person. Just as the Soorat is groomed and made appealing so the inner character, the Seerat needs to be beautified. Refinement of character fills one’s personality with excellence and radiance, making it beautiful.
Our beloved Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلّم was the epitome of beautiful character. The Glorious Qur’an mentions:
وَإِنَّكَ لَعَلَىٰ خُلُقٍ عَظِيم
And indeed you (O’ Muhammad), are on a character most lofty. [Surah Al-Qalam:Verse 4]
We do not need any other example then that of the Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلّم The Qur’an and Hadeeth are full of advices on adopting the beautiful characteristics and eliminating the evil ones. It is essential therefore to know what these desired characteristics are, to know what is determined as a good or bad characteristic by the Shari’ah.
Short explanations of the various characteristics along with the remedy of eradicating the bad ones and how to inculcate the good ones will be mentioned in a separate post soon انشاء الله