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Thursday 2 October 2014
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Character

Yahya related to me from Malik that Muadh ibn Jabal said, “The last advice the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, gave me when I put my foot in the stirrup was that he said, ‘Make your character good for the people, Muadh ibn Jabal!’ ”
Al-Muwatta – Hadith 47.1.1

Narrated Jarir bin Abdullah: Allah’s Apostle said, “Allah will not be merciful to those who are not merciful to mankind.”
Sahih Al-Bukhari – Book 73 Hadith 42

Narrated Aisha, Ummul Mu’minin: The Apostle of Allah (peace be upon him) said: By his good character a believer will attain the degree of one who prays during the night and fasts during the day.
Sunan of Abu-Dawood – Book 41 Hadith 4780

Narrated Anas ibn Malik: The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) was the best among people in character. On occasions, the time of prayer would come while he was in our house. He would then order to spread the mat lying under him. That was dusted and then water sprinkled over it. The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) then led the prayer and we stood behind him, and that mat was made of the leaves of date-palm.
Sahih Muslim – Book 4 Hadith 1388

Narrated Abu Musa: Whenever a beggar or a person in need came to the Prophet, the Prophet (peace be upon him) would say “Help and recommend him and you will receive the reward for it, and Allah will bring about what he will through His Prophet’s tongue.”
Sahih Al-Bukhari – Book 24 Hadith 512

Narrated Masruq: Abdullah bin ‘Amr mentioned Allah’s Apostle saying that he was neither a Fahish nor a Mutafahish. Abdullah bin ‘Amr added, “Allah’s Apostle said, ‘The best among you are those who have the best manners and character.’ ”
Sahih Al-Bukhari – Book 56 Hadith 759

Narrated Abdullah bin Amr: Allah’s Apostle neither talked in an insulting manner nor did he ever speak evil intentionally. He used to say, “The most beloved to me amongst you is the one who has the best character and manners.” He added, “Learn the Qur’an from (any of these) four persons: ‘Abdullah bin Mas’ud, Salim the freed slave of Abu Hudhaifa, Ubai bin Ka’b, and Mu’adh bin Jabal.”
Sahih Al-Bukhari – Book 57 Hadith 104

Narrated Abu Al Aswad: Once I went to Medina where there was an outbreak of disease and the people were dying rapidly. I was sitting with ‘Umar and a funeral procession passed by. The people praised the deceased. ‘Umar said, “It has been affirmed.” (Paradise). Then another funeral procession passed by. The people praised the deceased. ‘Umar said, “It has been affirmed.” (Paradise). Then another funeral procession passed by. The people praised the deceased. ‘Umar said, “It has been affirmed (Paradise).” Then a third funeral procession passed by and the people talked badly of the deceased. ‘Umar said, “It has been affirmed (Hell).” I asked Umar, “O chief of the believers! What has been affirmed?” He said, “I have said what the Prophet (peace be upon him) said. He said, ‘Allah will admit into paradise any Muslim whose good character is attested by four persons.’ We asked the Prophet, ‘If there were three witnesses only?’ He said, ‘Even three.’ We asked, ‘If there were two only?’ He said, ‘Even two.’ But we did not ask him about one witness.”
Sahih Al-Bukhari – Book 48 Hadith 811

Narrated Anas ibn Malik: Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said, “He who abandons lying, having been false, will have a castle built for him just within Paradise. He who abandons disputing, having been speaking the truth, will have one built for him in the middle of Paradise. He whose character is good will have one built for him in the highest part of it.”
Tirmidhi transmitted it, saying this is a hasan tradition. The same is said in Sharh as-Sunnah, but in al-Masabih it is called gharib.
Al-Tirmidhi – Hadith 4831