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With Knowledge Comes Good Character

Possessing a good character is a key requirement to being a good Muslim. Therefore it comes as no surprise that our beloved Prophet Muhammad (saw) possessed the best of characters and examples:

لَقَدْ كَانَ لَكُمْ فِي رَسُولِ اللَّهِ أُسْوَةٌ حَسَنَةٌ لِمَنْ كَانَ يَرْجُو اللَّهَ وَالْيَوْمَ الْآخِرَ وَذَكَرَ اللَّهَ كَثِيرًا

Verily in the messenger of Allah you have a good example for he whose hope is in Allah and the last Day, and remembers Allah much (33:21)

What makes his exemplar even more extraordinary however is the fact that he possessed such a wonderful character even before prophethood – which was one of the main reasons why Khadijah (r.a) was impressed enough to happily marry him. In that point is a key lesson for us: the more knowledge we attain; the better our character ought to be. The more knowledge our Prophet (saw) received via revelation, the more compassionate and humble he became. Our process in life, in terms of attaining knowledge, should be similar to that of a fruit tree: the more fruit it blossoms, the lower the branches fall, the more shade it provides for those seeking it, the more benefit it provides.

It should not be that by attaining knowledge we think we are better than others. There are countless examples where our Prophet (saw) illustrated wonderful compassion and kindness to those around him despite being their superior. He was truly an example to humanity:

Narrated by Abu Huraira (r.a): Allah’s Messenger kissed Al-Hasan ibn Ali while Aqra’ ibn Habis Al Tamimi was sitting with him. Al Aqra said “I have ten children and have never kissed one of them.” The Prophet (saw) cast a look at him and said, “Whoever is not merciful to others will not be treated mercifully.” (Bukhari)

With knowledge comes humility and kindness. If we think back to our school days, let us ask ourselves: who was our favourite teacher? Was it the most knowledgeable? The one who spent the most time preparing lessons? The one who was punctual? All of these are important characteristics but more often than not, our favourite, most well-remembered teacher was the one who was kind and compassionate towards us. The one who, despite being superior to us, never made it seem like we were illiterate.

Let us be humble when giving dawah. Let us be kind and compassionate when addressing and interacting with others. Let us try to follow the footsteps of the best of all examples, our beloved Prophet Muhammad (saw) after attaining knowledge.

With true knowledge comes good character.

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