If mercy is established in the hearts of believers it arouses in them a desire to make other people happy. Believers are, in their various states, keen to make those around them happy and to compete in this with their fellow believers., hoping that their Creator will give them joy in this life, at their death and after their death. The Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam said: “If someone meets his brother Muslim with that which Allah Ta’ala loves in order to please him, Allah Ta’ala will give him joy on the Day of Judgement.” al-Tabarani
It has been narrated that: :Whenever a believer brings joy to another believer, Allah Ta’ala creates from that joy an Angel who worships Allah Ta’ala, glorifies Him and proclaims His Oneness, and when that believer is in his grave the joy which he brought comes to him and says: ‘Do you know me?’
‘Who are you?’ he asks.
‘I am the joy which you brought to so and so. I will now be a comfort to you in your loneliness, I will dictate to you the answers to the questions of the Angels, (in the grave) I will make you firm with the Word of Steadfastness, I will bear witness for you on the Day of Judgement, I will intercede with Allah Ta’ala for you and I will show you your station in Paradise.'” Ibn Abi Dunya
The Chosen One SallAllahu alaihi wasallam emphasized the importance of striving to please, console and bring joy to the Muslims, and he himself set the highest example in this regard. Whoever sat in his company would think themselves to be the most noble of people (al-Tirmidhi) in his sight due to his kindness, geniality and the way he would make those around him happy. He showed noble character in his dealing with members of his household and in all his social relations. For this reason the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam said: “The best of you are those of you who treat your wives best, and I treat my wives better than all of you.” (Ibn Majar, al-Tirmidhi and Ibn Hibban). He was ready to adjust to any situation and accommodate whomever he met and talked to. Because of the great light which emanated from him, whoever met him for the first time would be in awe of him, but whoever spent time with him would love him. The life of the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam is filled with accounts of his kindness and geniality, and he taught his Companions how to bring joy to the believers’ hearts.
He once said to his Companion Abu Hurairah RadhiAllahu anhu: “It is better for you to fulfill a Muslim’s need than to seclude yourself in this mosque of mine for ten years.” (al-Bayhaqi and al-Tabarani) Thus the reward for making a Muslim happy by striving to fulfill their needs is greater than the reward of undertaking spiritual retreat in the Prophet’s Mosque in al-Madinah for ten years!
By acting on Hadiths such as this and sincerely seeking to fulfill the needs of their brothers and thus make them happy, the elect of the Muslims in different times attained a level of proximity to Allah Ta’ala. When they spoke with their brothers they did their utmost to please them. Their hearts were filled with sincerity and their intentions were better than their actions, in confirmation of the Hadith: “A believers intention is better than his action.”
Hypocrites may perform good actions, while their intention in performing those actions is evil. If their action is evil, their intention is even worse. However, believers’ intentions are better than their actions even if their actions are good, because they do what they are able but wish they could do more. This is a sign of their sincerity in showing compassion, one of the fruits of which is a desire to make those they sit and talk with happy.
Believers must be keen to make people happy, especially the weak, the aged and the ill because this is amongst the greatest works in the sight of Allah Ta’ala, and carries a great reward. Let them not miss out on attaining this great attribute which their Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam called them to attain.
May Allah Ta’ala bestow His blessings upon our Master Muhammad SallAllahu alaihi wasallam and upon his Family and Companions RadhiAllahu anhum. All Praise be to Allah Ta’ala, Lord of the Worlds.
If Allah wishes to bestow His grace upon someone, He places in their heart the desire to travel the path towards self-purification and gives them the ability to rectify the attributes of their soul. Allah decreed that success in this life and the next be judged according to the degree to which people purify their souls and attain noble character.
It is thus the duty of every believer to seek to attain noble character and emulate their Prophet SAW who said: “I was only sent to perfect noble character.”
In a series of thirty lessons, al-Habib Umar bin Hafiz discusses the importance of character refinement and focuses on the traits and qualities that every believer should strive to acquire. He demonstrates how the Prophet SAW and the pious people of his nation embody each character trait and shows the reader how to emulate them.
In our times we have never been more in need of improving our character and rectifying ourselves. This is a book for every seeker, every believer and every family. May it be a source of light for every heart and the catalyst for moral transformation.
The Clarification of Noble Character al-Habib Umar bin Hafiz
…photos of ‘winter’ light in this City of Radiance…though Allah Ta’ala seems to have written ‘winter’ to bypass His favoured City this year…Allahu Alum…maybe it is yet to come…Insha’Allah…
All good is from Allah Ta’ala whereas mistakes are from this humble speck. May Allah Ta’ala Bless all readers, bringing you all closer to Him and His Rasul SallAllahu alaihi wasallam. May He accept our humble efforts and grant us the capacity to be good and do good. Ameen.