Muslims or believers ought to be the guiding light for the rest of the mankind to lead them into the right path towards Jannah (heaven). Thus, they should shape their lives in such a way that others look up to them and follow their examples of good behavior and characteristics. Here, we will discuss the various ways a believer can build and improve his characteristics thus serving them to identify him and his great religion i.e. Islam.
Leading by example:
Nobody likes someone whose actions and words do not match. Often, we see a Muslim preaching good deeds and habits to others such as not lying, avoiding alcohol etc but when you see the same Muslim contradicting his word then this will destroy his image and prove hurtful for Islam too. Therefore, one great characteristic that a believer could add to his nature is to lead by example, because people follow someone for what they’ve done not for what they say. Similarly, some practices should not remain confined to sermons in the Mosque such as Quran surahs recitation. The Quran offers us guidelines that should be read whenever possible a Muslim should recite it whenever possible.
Stay reminded about the end of times:
This is a fundamental belief that all believers must acknowledge in order to be counted among true Muslims. A believer must keep himself and others around him reminded of the punishment that awaits him/her if he/she persists on the wrong path. The wrong doers’ eternal resting place will be Hell which is terrible place to retire. One of the magnificent surahs of the Quran Surah Waqiah is a great source for reminding oneself of the judgment and how the wrongdoers and the righteous will be treated in the afterlife. This way, a believer will know what awaits him after his death and this thought will prompt him to abstain from committing sin.
It is one of the great virtues of a believer and Allah too, has said in the Quran in many places that the patient has Allah’s support. For instance, in Surah Al-Anfal:
“And obey Allah and His Messenger, and do not dispute (with one another) lest you lose courage and your strength depart, and be patient. Surely, Allah is with those who are As-Sabirin (the patient ones, etc.).” (The Quran 8:46)
Patience also teaches us to be wise and make sound decisions, that’s because we won’t be dealing matters with rage or anger in our heads. Hence, whenever infuriated a Muslim should find ways to control his anger such as reciting Darood Shareef or performing the wudhu.
Perform religious duties timely:
This is perhaps the most important characteristic a Muslim could have, because this way it would mean that he cares about them and gives them a high priority. For instance: Zakat, which is one of the defining aspects of a Muslim and is supposed to be given when a person’s assets or wealth exceed a certain amount. It is a donation that’s given to those in need or the poor so that the society could benefit from this great act. According to Islamic law, it is supposed to be 2.5% of a person’s savings or wealth.
A believer must always keep his character in check, for any negligence could result in sin and continuous sin could mean loss of his place in Jannah (heaven). Thus, a believer should project the best of character so others could learn from his example and come to know of Islam as the religion of peace and the one leading to success in this life and the life hereafter.