Hadith as Sourse of Ethics

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KINDNESS

Islam invites us to a very high moral level. Being kind, considerate, loving others, and feeling empathy is a prerequisite for Muslim and a virtuous act. We should have even these feeling for animals and plants. Such emotions are recognized by Allah s.w.t and rewarded accordingly. This is a fundamental to building a solid and powerful self. One of the important attributes is kindness. Muslim encourages being kind to all for the sake of the Almighty and for the sake of goodness. It was stated in the Holy Quran: وَيُطْعِمُونَ الطَّعَامَ عَلَى حُبِّهِ مِسْكِينًا وَيَتِيمًا وَأَسِيرًا And they feed for the Love of Allah, the Indigent, the Orphans and the Captives (76:8) In this ayah, Allah orders us to treat our parents and relatives and especially the disadvantaged, with kindness and tenderness. He also implores us to assist and facilitate those in needs. And for the importance of kindness, it is as basic and essential for a good Muslim as being pure and truthful. Be kind and helpful to others as Allah will see it and rewarded you. Allah’s Messenger, Muhammad (pbuh) said: When you carry out mercy to those on Earth, he who is in Heaven will engulf you with his mercy (Muslim and Bukhari). In this Hadith shown that for us to be kind, we ought to be sensitive and tenderhearted. Our kindness ought to come from deep within our heart. It was clearly stated that Prophet emphasized Muslim to be kind to Allah’s creatures out of love for Allah, and out of love and appreciation for Allah’s creation. The kind and tender deeds of these creatures is an act to be rewarded by Allah Almighty. Our kindness is supposed to extend to everything around us. For examples, we need to be kind to the needy and the orphans and to feed, help and say kind words to them is a true act of piety. Furthermore, our kindness should involve not only helping hand, but also spending our money to help people. Spending our own wealth to help others that are less fortunate is an important part of our religion. We should not be kind in order to get a reward, but for the sake of Allah s.w.t and a desire to be good. Like Prophet said: To gladden the Heart of the Weary and to remove suffering of the afflicted has its own reward. To make it clear, if one want to make a donation, one should not make a huge fuss or telling the media for it will encourage the feeling of riya’. One should not show their kindness to get rewarded. In other words, kindness should spring from your love of Allah. In addition, our religion tells us to avoid being meant. People need to be careful that one is not inconsiderate or cause trouble for others.

COURTESY

يَا بُنَيَّ أَقِمِ الصَّلاةَ وَأْمُرْ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَانْهَ عَنِ الْمُنكَرِ وَاصْبِرْ عَلَى مَا أَصَابَكَ إِنَّ ذَلِكَ مِنْ عَزْمِ الأُمُورِ وَلا تُصَعِّرْ خَدَّكَ لِلنَّاسِ وَلا تَمْشِ فِي اْلأََرْضِ مَرَحًا إِنَّ اللَّهَ لا يُحِبُّ كُلَّ مُخْتَالٍ فَخُورٍ Oh my son! Establish regular prayer, enjoin what is just and forbid what is evil. Bear with patience whatever befalls you, for this is firmness of purpose in the conduct of affairs. And swell not your cheek with pride at men, nor walk with insolence: for Allah loves not the Conceited, the Vain (31:17-18). The ayah reveals precious pieces of advice from Luqman to his son. It conveys the importance of being courtesy to the Muslim. Everyone appreciates courtesy in all its forms. A courteous person is well liked by others and his courtesy will encourage others to be courteous. This therefore produces positive feelings all around. A Muslim should greet others pleasantly and should be mild-mannered and soft-spoken. He should have humbleness and he should be courteous to all at all characteristics. Being courteous makes people feel good. It shows them that you concern about them and love and respect them. It also makes the person showing courtesy feel good. The fact that he is appreciated by others will also make him feel good. Courtesy is a component of good...
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