This is the delight of a journey to share knowlege with those who are thirsty of love ,fear and hope for Allah Azza wa Jal.May this be an humble quest for all of an quenching thirst for knowlege,and an endless request of help,understanding and Hidaya Taufiq from Allah.O treasurer of Knowlege may you all live the Blessing of this command 'Iqra !
iqra bismi rabbika ladhi khalaq...'
1. To consult or study under a
learned scholar who is gifted with insight in detecting character’s
shortcomings. He will guide you to your faults and the means to treat
them. People like this learned scholar, in present time, is rare and
precious commodity. So, whoever is blessed with finding such person, he
has made a discovery and should seize and relish this golden opportunity
to the max and never let it go.
2. To dig for a truthful,
insightful, and religious friend who will be like his mirror that
honestly and sincerely exposes his faults. Umar ibn al-Khattab used to
say, “May Allah have His mercy upon the person who guides people to
their faults.” Umar also anxiously asked Hudhayfah [may Allah be pleased
with them both] if he is one of the hypocrites or not?
The reason lies in the
fact that anyone who is increasingly conscious of reforming his
character tends to accuse himself of faultiness. However, it’s
very scarce to find such friend with such quality in this present time;
it has become very rare to find a friend who is honest and doesn’t hold
envy against you.
The Salaf loved who points out
their faults to them whereas we tend to dislike anyone who guides us to
our faults. Such attitude is a proof of the person’s weakness of faith.
3. To learn your own faults
from your enemies since they expose your faults out of hatred. The
benefit acquired from an enemy who points out my faults is greater than a
false friend who disguises your faults.
4. To intermingle with people and avoid whatever wicked morals they have.
“Upright character” authored by Sheikh Muhammad Sa’id Raslan; pages: 41-42 . Translated by: Abdullah Ibrahim Omran al-Misri. Posted from: insightaudio