Channel: Isam Rajab
The Perfect Character
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smilla hamdulillah salat wa salam ala rasulillah
salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato. All praise is due to Allah alone and me his peace and blessings be upon the final and last prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, welcome to this episode of your program, the perfect character.
Some people wonder, if we know that the value of the good character is tremendous. How can we then perfect our character? What should we start with? What should we do? And scholars mention that you need to begin with one of two things, actions and sayings. That's what constitute the perfect character.
One of the scholars one of the pious predecessors, he said, the good character, achieving the good character is a simple thing. It needs only smiley face, and nice words, that's all you need to do at being nice and good words. That's all what it takes to have a good character. And therefore, the first thing you need to ask yourself, How much do I say on daily basis? How many words do I utter every day? Because every single word counts, and you will be asked about every single word on the Day of Judgment, Allah subhanaw taala mention in sort of the very act, that every word you utter, there will be two angels writing what you say, it will be either for you or against you, on the day
of judgment, there is no religion, there is no secular system that gave more emphasis for the speech for the words than Islam than the religion of Islam. In Islam, one word could do me forever, could throw you in Hellfire while I have the will. And on the other hand, one word could elevate your rank could enter your paradise, the word of the heat, the monotheism, to testify that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah. That's what you have to begin with. A mammal Gauhati Rahim Allah concluded his book of Sahaba, with a beautiful Hadith about speech, it is about the remembrance of Allah subhanho wa Taala two words that are heavy in the scale, on the day of judgment, that are dear
to the Most Merciful, that are easy to be uttered on the tongue Subhana line we humbly SubhanAllah. And so how much of the remembrance of Allah subhanaw taala do you have on a daily basis?
At the time of the Prophet sallallahu wasallam I shall have the line and said, the prophet SAW said, let me use the doc slowly, so much so that if one wanted to count the words of the prophet SAW Selim, he would be able to do so. And the pious predecessors, some of them would count the words from week to week, week in and week out, they know exactly how many words they said. But in our time, maybe we go back half an hour, and we cannot remember what did we say, because we said so much. And sometimes we tend to forget that we are held accountable for our words. And therefore, the first step to perfect the good character, is to watch our words to remember that we will be asked
about these words about every single word on the Day of Judgment, what type of words are we saying, are they evil words, they will be against us, or they are good words that they will be for us. And by default, this is a principal role.
Whenever you want to say something, you need to count you need to go back you need to pass. Is this going to help me on the day of judgment or no? One of the scholars has of a hammer law says we never saw someone who was destroyed by his silence, yet we have seen many people
Who were destroyed because of their speech. Therefore, if you are afraid of saying something Be quiet, silence is always virtually The only exception. The only time when silence is not an option for the Muslim is when there is false hood that is spreading around. And you know that it is false hood, and you can refute that, and you're not saying anything. That's the only time when you are blameworthy if you are not speaking and uttering the truth, and the prophets are still imation that the one who is silent, and not saying the word of truth is like the mute devil. That is the only exception. You don't want to be a mute devil, when you see falsehood spreading, and you're not
saying anything, every time other than that, silence will be a virtue. So you either say the good word, as the prophet SAW, Selim said, He who believes in Allah and the final day, let him say a good word, or let him be quiet. These are the two options you have. However, unfortunately, we see for many people, most of the time, they are saying useless words, they say, well, they will not be against us. And that might be true, but are they for you? Are these words going to vouch are they going to help you know, so why then you see them on the day of judgment in Paradise, there will be only one type of words that will be saved by the people of paradise. So if you want it to be of
those people, you have to start from now by saying only the good words, Allah subhanaw taala mentioned about the people of Paradise that they do not hear. They're in Paradise, they hear not the evil do speech, nor the useless speech except the peaceful speech last night on Effie her loved one, while at a female in laughter Ilan Salomon Salama,
that's all what they hear. So therefore, if you wanted to speak, speak the word of truth, begin with the oneness of Allah subhanaw taala. Say it as much as you can, because this one word will be heavier. In the scale, it will be heavier than 99 records of bad deeds, and the profit science elimination, that on the Day of Judgment, a man would come with 99 Records, each one of them, each register is as far as the eye could see.
And the man would be certain that he's going to go to hellfire. So he will be asked, Do you have any good deed? And he would say no, they would tell him No, you have one good deed, which will come on a cart. And he would say, what will this car do in front of all these 99 Records, and he will be told, you will not suffer any injustice, this one cart, this one sentence that he said with certainty, La ilaha illAllah this will outweigh this will be heavier in the scale of Allah subhanaw taala then the 99 records of the bad deeds. Therefore this is what you begin with. You start with the word of oneness of Allah subhanaw taala. You try to reduce your words in general, try to be quiet, try to be
silent, because silence is a virtue. And Allah subhanaw taala mentioned that Marian married peace be upon her the mother of Jesus Christ bisby upon him. When she gave birth to a Sally Salaam she pledged to Allah subhanaw taala silence. That was her fasting, fasting, in a sense of abstinence. She was abstaining from talking. I pledged abstinence to Allah. So I will not talk to anybody. Some pious predecessors, they used to do that. Why? Because it's a time of reflection. You don't want to say something and then you regret it. You don't want to see in your record on the Day of Judgment, this bad word, and this bad word. The Prophet sallallahu wasallam was not he never said a bad word.
He never abused anybody, verbally, although many people accused him of bad things that were all false. But the prophet SAW Selim never replied back to anyone. So the beginning will be with speech with the good speech with saying the word of truth with uttering the word of truth, the oneness of Allah subhanaw taala the remembrance of Allah subhanaw taala remembering that every word is
Mounting, and sometimes words are mightier than sword. That's what they say the words they have stronger effect than the swords. And we see that from our
heritage. In the poetry. There was a famous duel between two of the famous poets during the Umayyad Caliphate. One of them was attacking the other. So a third man came,
intervene and supported one of them against the other. So he was attacked back because he was not in the level of those two strong poets. So he was told, lower your gaze For indeed you are not from that strong tribe, nor you are from that strong tribe, you are only a shepherd from a small tribe, and the man could not take it. After a few days he passed away, he died. Why he could not take it Subhanallah sometimes you are physically injured, but you heal, and after your cure, it's hardly remembered that you were injured. But a word could dance you forever. You could remember words for a long time. The prophet SAW Selim mention that the most thing that will cause people to enter
Hellfire is the outcome of their tongues, and murder of the law one, as the prophet SAW Selim, are we held accountable for what we utter with our tongues. So the prophets are seldom told him what is most than than the words of the tongue that will cause people to fall on their faces in hellfire. That is the most reason for people to enter Hellfire without the will. And therefore the prophet SAW Selim said he who saved gods, what is between his two lips, and what is between his two legs? He who safeguards this, I will guarantee paradise for him, so you need to safeguard your tongue. But in the long run, he asked the Prophet sallallahu wasallam, about salvation, how could it be attained? So
the Prophet sallallahu Sallam told him with Hold your tongue, with Hold your tongue? only say the word of truth? only say the word of truth. Muslims talk about Jihad a lot. And today jihad is under attack. It's looked at as a violent act. However, in Islam, in reality, actually, the highest level of jihad is to utter the word of truth before a tyrant King. That is the greatest level of jihad. Because when you struggle within yourself, when you are able to say the word of truth, even though you know that the consequences might be severe, then you are able to perform the physical jihad. I asked Allah subhanaw taala to give us the ability to perfect our character, and to improve our
manners. I asked Allah subhanaw taala to make us among those who listen to the guidance and follow the rest of it had also lower Solomon and Amina Muhammad Allah live savage nine, Salaam Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh