Ideal Muslim

What is the ideal Muslim?

When he (ﷺ) said,

“ Indeed I was sent only to perfect for you the highest of moral character traits.”[1]

And when Aisha (رضى الله عنها) his wife was asked,

"...what was the Prophet’s character like?” “How was his () moral character?” She (رضى الله عنها) said, “His () character was the Qur'an.” [2]

All of the moral attributes which he (ﷺ) displayed, they were manifestations of the message of the Qur'an, he (ﷺ) implemented those messages, the messages of revelation, in his (ﷺ) day to day life. All of this was a display of the moral character engendered or taught by the Qur'an itself. And this was the Sunnah. The Sunnah was the translation of the Qur'an into living practice. So the Sunnah is a living Sunnah. It represents a way of life, fundamentally a moral way of life. This is what Islam is. It is a moral message; essentially it is a moral message.

So Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) has conveyed to us a moral message and everything of Islam is geared towards creating an ideal moral individual. That is the individual who can change his world, the world in which he lives, the environment in which he exists, if he himself is changed, he follows that moral message, the guidelines, the blueprint of the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ), then he will be able to change his family, his community, his society, his nation, and the world. Ultimately he will be a part of that change, maybe he is not the one who will ultimately make final decisions with regards to government policy etc. etc., but he is a part of that change and that change begins with the individual. We should look at each pillar, one after the other, to extract from each one of them the moral message which is in it, with regards to our character. What should be our character with regards to salaah, fasting, hajj, zakaah, shahadatayn.

There was and there is and there will be, continue to be a moral message that each and every one of us needs to learn and whatever we learn of Islam, whether it is from Islamic history, it is a statement of the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) in a hadeeth or it is from any of the relationships which Islam establishes, economic, social etc., each and every instruction, each and every bit or piece of information carries with it a moral message, meaning there is something in it for us to apply in our daily lives and that’s what we need to know because knowledge which we don’t apply becomes useless knowledge and prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) used to say,

“O Allah! I seek refuge in you from knowledge which is of no benefit.” [3]


[1]  [Narrated by al-Bukhaari in al-Adab al-Mufrad (273) and classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in al-Silsilah al-Saheehah (45).]

[2]  [Sahih Muslim 746(a)]

[3]  [Sahih Muslim 2722]

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