Who is a Muslim?

The word “Muslim” means one who submits to the will of God. The first principle of Islam is known as the Shahaadah (Testimony of Faith), and is as follows: “There is no one worthy of worship except Allaah (God) and Muhammad is the Final Apostle (Messenger) of God.”

In a broader sense, anyone who willingly submits to the will of God is a Muslim. Thus, all the prophets preceding Prophet Muhammad are considered Muslims.

One cannot judge Islam by looking at those individuals who have a Muslim name, but in their actions, they are not living or behaving as Muslims. Muslims are ordinary people like other humans; among them are the good and the bad. They are not infallible creatures and, therefore, make mistakes.

When we mention the characteristics of a Muslim, we do not assume that all Muslims have these characteristics, but only those who follow — to the best of their abilities — the teachings of Islam.

Islam is a way of Life and the teachings of Islam about the Muslim character concisely in the following way:

  • A Muslim is truthful, not dishonest
  • He is humble, not arrogant
  • He is moderate, not an extremist
  • He is honest, not corrupt
  • He is reserved, not garrulous
  • He is soft-spoken, not boastful
  • He is loving and solicitous to others, not unmindful of them
  • He is considerate and compassionate, not harsh
  • He is polite and helpful, not insulting and disrespectful to people
  • He is generous and charitable, not selfish and miserly
  • He is refined and gentle in speech, not prone to swearing or cursing
  • He is cheerful and generous, not bitter and resentful
  • He is grateful for what he has, not ungrateful
  • He is cheerful and pleasant, not irritable and gloomy
  • He is chaste and pure, not lustful
  • He is alert, not absent-minded
  • He is dignified and decent, not graceless
  • He is sincere and straightforward, not hypocritical
  • He is optimistic and hopeful, not cynical or pessimistic
  • He is confident and deep in faith, not doubtful and wavering
  • He is spiritually oriented, not materialistic
  • He always has faith in God’s mercy, not losing heart or becoming desperate
  • He is diligent and vigilant, not negligent to his duties
  • He is thankful to God and constantly prays to Him, not forgetful of His innumerable blessings

With his parents, he is an example of sincere filial piety, good treatment, infinite compassion, politeness and deep gratitude.

With his wife, he is an example of good and kind treatment, intelligent handling, deep understanding and proper fulfillment of his responsibilities and duties.

With his children, he is a parent who understands his great responsibility towards them. Although he floods them with love and compassion, he pays attention to things that may affect their Islamic upbringing.

With his relatives, he maintains the ties of kinship and knows his duties toward them. He understands the high status given to relatives in Islam, which makes him remain in touch with them regardless of the circumstances.

With his neighbors, the true Muslim is an example of good treatment and consideration of others’ feelings and sensitivities. He puts up with mistreatment and turns a blind eye to his neighbor’s faults while avoiding committing any such errors himself.

And all of this is done for the sake of Allah (God). This pure, sincere, brotherly love derives its purity from the guidance of the Holy Quran and Sunnah (traditions and approved actions of Prophet Muhammad) that became a unique system in the history of human relations.

This is the clear, beautiful picture of the Muslim whose personality has been formed by Islam and whose heart, mind and soul are filled with its divine light.

The development of a society is not measured solely in terms of its scientific achievements and material inventions. There is another, more important standard by which a society is measured. That is the prevalence of human values such as love, empathy, altruism, sacrifice, uprightness and purity of thought, behavior and dealings with others.

If individuals are the basis of a society, then rightly guided societies pay attention to human development and enhance the positive, constructive aspects while seeking to eliminate evil, destructive motives, so that the individual will become a model citizen. It is from groups of such model citizens that clean, civil, strong, healthy, righteous societies are formed.

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