By IOL Team
As a Muslim, you should be cheerful and pleasant
There are people who think that a perfect Muslim is simply one who is correct in the observance of the salah (ritual Prayer), the fasting, the zakah (payment of a certain portion of ones wealth to the poor), and the Hajj (pilgrimage to Makkah). This indeed is not the case. If the ritual observances do not help the person to be humble, virtuous and truly God-fearing, then he or she is not a real Muslim. A Muslim should be good and just in dealing with others, no matter their religion, and take special care to keep away from all the shameful and sinful things Allah (God) has forbidden.
We can summarize the teachings of Islam about the Muslim character succinctly in this form:
Be truthful in everything, dont lie.
Be sincere and straightforward, dont be hypocritical.
Be honest, dont be corrupt.
Be humble, dont be boastful.
Be moderate, dont be excessive.
Be reserved, dont be garrulous.
Be soft-spoken, dont be loud.
Be refined and gentle in speech, dont cure and use foul language.
Be loving and solicitous to others, dont be unmindful of them.
Be considerate and compassionate, dont be harsh.
Be polite and respectful to people, dont be insulting or disrespectful.
Be generous and charitable, dont be selfish and miserly.
Be good natured and forgiving, dont be bitter and resentful.
Share and be content with what Allah has given you, dont be greedy.
Be cheerful and pleasant, dont be irritable and morose.
Muslims should be loving to each other
Be chaste and pure, dont be lustful.
Be alert and aware of the world around you, dont be absent-minded.
Be dignified and decent, dont be graceless.
Be optimistic and hopeful, dont be cynical or pessimistic.
Be confident and have deep faith, dont be doubtful and wavering.
Be spiritually oriented and not materialistic.
Be confident of the mercy of Allah, dont be despairing and lose heart.
Be diligent and vigilant of your duties, dont be negligent.
Be thankful to Allah and constantly pray to Him, dont be forgetful of His innumerable blessings.source: http://www.islamonline.net/english/introducingislam/topic05.shtml
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