Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Characteristics of the True Believer (Spiritual Tendencies)

Characteristics of the True Believer (Spiritual Tendencies)

Shaykh Yahyā Ibn Mu’ādh ar-Rāzī—may Allāh bless his soul—has collected in his books the characteristics of the true believer, some of which are that he/she:

  • Is very bashful.
  • Is harmless.
  • Is very beneficial to others.
  • Is unproblematic.
  • Is truthful.
  • Is hardworking.
  • Is brave.
  • Stays away from useless people and vain talk.
  • Builds understanding and brotherhood.
  • Is thankful.
  • Is compassionate to all.
  • Is generous.

And he/she stays away from the following:

  • Cursing.
  • Swearing.
  • Backbiting.
  • Looking for badness in other people.
  • Rushing into actions (before thinking properly).
  • Jealousy.
  • Enviousness.
  • Stinginess.
  • Pride.
  • Arrogance.
  • Love of Dunya.
  • Too much sleep.
  • Hypocrisy.

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