night and fasts all day long.

The Curse of bad manners

We have been warned by the Holy Prophet (Peace be upon him) in an equally forceful manner against the curse of bad manners. He has said:

“A man with bad manners and a bad moral conduct shall not enter Paradise.”

“No sin is more detestable to Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’aalaa) than bad manners.”

Some More Important Virtues

Though in the Quran and the Traditions we are taught to cultivate all good and noble moral and social qualities and to avoid everything that is mean or wicked, here we will take up only such virtues as are more important and without which no one can hope to be a good Muslim and a true believer.


Truthfulness is a matter of such supreme consequence in Islam that in addition to speaking the truth always a Muslim is exhorted also to keep company only with those that are truthful. The Quran states:

“O ye who believe! Fear Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’aalaa) and be only with those who are true (in words and deed). ”

Says the Prophet (Peace be upon him):

“He who wishes to love Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’aalaa) and His Apostle, or wishes Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’aalaa) and His Apostle to love him, must take care to speak nothing but the truth whenever he speaks.”

“Speak the truth even if you see your ruin or death in it for, surely, salvation and life lie alone in truth, and avoid falsehood even if it may hold out to you the promise of success and salvation for the end of falsehood is nothing but failure and frustration.”

Once the Prophet (Peace be upon him) was asked, “What is the hallmark of the dwellers of Paradise?” The Prophet (Peace be upon him) replied, “Truthfulness.”

Conversely, another Tradition reads:

“To be a liar is one of the special sings of a hypocrite.”

It was asked of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihe Wasallam) whether a believer could be a coward. He said, "It is possible." It was asked whether a believer could be a miser. He said. "It is possible." Again, it was asked of him whether a believer could be a liar. He said, "No". (The idea was that a believer in Allah (Subhaanahu Wata'aalaa) could not develop the filthy habit of lying. Faith could never accommodate falsehood; they could not go together).

Fulfilling Promises

It is also a part of truthfulness that when a promise is made it should be fulfilled. The Holy Quraan and Traditions are very clear on the point. Our faith demands of us never to go back on our pledged word. States the Holy Quran:

“And fulfill (every), engagement, for (every) engagement will be enquired into (on the Day of

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