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Divine Morals and Manners

What does the religion of God teach about morals and manners?

RELIGION IS TREATING OTHERS WELL AND HAVING GOOD MANNERS

Our holy guide and father Ahmad Al-Hassan (fhip) said, “Religion is not a long beard or a prolonged prostration. Religion is treating others well and good manners.” So how exactly do we act out good manners?

Here are some examples of the lessons that God’s messengers throughout time have taught us:

DO NOT BOAST

And Ahmad Al-Hassan (fhipsaid,

“When you perform an act, do not let anyone know about it through you. Let the act speak about you, may Allah the most Glorified, the most High grant you success.” 

– Sayings of Imam Ahmad Al-Hassan (PBUH), p.24, hadith 25

THINK BEFORE ACTING

“Do you want me to inform you of something which will make you as such? But with the condition that you work by it. Do not say any word, nor commit any action, before you study it from all aspects. And do not take a decision except while you are completely sure of it, sure that in it is goodness and rightness. And when you take a decision, or when you commit an action, do not ever abandon it. Be of one word, but rightfully, and do it with sincerity for the sake of Allah. And when you make a decision, do not ever change it. And when you say a word, do not abandon it ever. But remember: Rightfully, and for the sake of Allah, after an intensive and deep thinking. And do not let any person on the face of the earth influence you to change your words, except for the Hujjah of Allah only.”

– Sayings of Imam Ahmad Al-Hassan (PBUH), p.142, hadith 285

BE A SERVANT TO ALL

Jesus (pbuh) once overheard his disciples arguing about which one of them was the greatest.  He took the opportunity to teach them an important lesson about divine morals and manners.  

“Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, ‘Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.’

He took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, ‘Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.’”

– Holy Bible: Mark 9:35-37

Jesus was teaching his followers that an act of serving others is an act of worship.

LOVE ONE ANOTHER

By definition, love is an intense feeling of deep affection. But in reality, it is so much more than that; it is the breath of the holy spirit inspired into the human spirit. Saint Augustine (pbuh) once said, “Love is the beauty of the soul.” And Aristotle (pbuh) once said, “What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.” 

Imam Ahmad Al-Hassan (fhiptaught us, 

“Love of the self is disbelief, while love for the others is faith.” 

– Sayings of Imam Ahmad Al-Hassan (PBUH), p.37, hadith 74

He teaches the believers to love others selflessly, even more than they love themselves! He teaches us to love the children of our brothers and sisters more than we love our own children! To love humankind and treat them well.

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