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Release the True Islamic Personality in You!

Release the True Islamic Personality in You!

I shook my head in wonder.

Our small-ish creative group had a number of siblings from the same home. And even at that young age, it was glaring how much the siblings differed.

In many cases, it was quite easy to note that they were linked by genes from their features and sometimes their clothing gave away clues.

However, although they shared the same parents, upbringing, school, similar pieces of clothing and virtually the same life experiences – their personalities were like night and day – often.

I chuckled to myself even as I glanced across at my nieces, amazed at Allah’s powers and His unique yet complex design of humans and their nature.

Know thyself

Your personality is that unique and characteristic way of acting, feeling and thinking about yourself and the world around. It is a consistent pattern that will be noticeable in your different social networks. And it comes from distinct natural traits.

The human personality hinges upon nature – genes & biology; as well as nurture – experience and personal choices. As such, you have the choice to nurture your personality in a particular way or towards a specific goal.

The basic human nature (fitrah) believed to incline people towards Allah’s worship and truth of His Oneness, is also believed to be inscribed on souls of all people. With this understanding all humans can clearly develop and safeguard a pure, positive Islamic personality.

This concept is captured in the Surah Ar-Rum 30: 30;

”So set you (O Muhammad) your face towards the religion of pure Islamic Monotheism Hanifa (worship none but Allah Alone) Allah’s Fitrah (i.e. Allah’s Islamic Monotheism), with which He has created mankind. No change let there be in Khalqillah (i.e. the Religion of Allah Islamic Monotheism), that is the straight religion, but most of men know not”.

Understanding this basic nature of humans (fitrah) – which constitutes the soul in addition to the physical body – will help you to understand the tendencies and growth of the human personality.

Your guide to true Islamic personality

In contrast to the contemporary approach to personality development which focuses on worldly achievements, the Islamic approach is based on the foundation that humans should strive to develop the positive personality traits for the pleasure of Allah (swt) alone, beyond worldly gains and experiences.

It is the duty of believers to strive to purify their personalities and remain firmly virtuous through their actions, words and thoughts.

Y.O.U will always be faced with making choices in life.

And this concept of ‘choice’ enjoyed by humans, in seeking to nurture their personality can be noted in the Qur’an verse below. It shows the tendency towards positive change that all people equally possess.

{And [by] the soul and He who proportioned it, and inspired it [with discernment of] its wickedness and its righteousness. He has succeeded who purifies it, and he has failed who instils it [with corruption].} (Surah Ash-Shams 91: 7-10)

Y.O.U have a natural inclination towards Tawheed (Fitrah) and its manifestations – such as good personality and sound morals.

The art of developing true Islamic personality

You can develop positive character traits such as patience, kindness, humility, forgiveness among so many others by aligning yourself with the true fitrah.

And being regular in engaging in such positive behaviours so they can become daily habits and a natural way of life.

On the opposite end of the spectrum are the negative character traits such as arrogance, showing off, pride, greed, loose talk and oppression among so many others which you must work towards changing or ridding yourself self of.

{He [Moses] said: Our Lord is He who gave each thing its form and then guided [it].} (Surah Taha 20: 50)

The prophet’s personality as an excellent example

The Prophet (saw), as a role model and mentor, exhibited only virtuous character traits and as such all Muslims have a perfect model of personality to which they can aspire in developing their own personality.

He (saw) said: ”Indeed, I was sent to perfect (or complete) noble (traits of) character.” (Bukhari)

He (saw) had good morals and exhibited general goodness. He also exemplified ways to modify the negative traits and in this regard, he was both an excellent example for spirituality and personality development.

Thus, the ideal level of a true Islamic personality can be seen from the character and lifestyle of the last Prophet (saw) – from the way he handled his personal affairs, to the supplications he made to the way he interacted with the larger society.

He supplicated with the following words, ”O Allah, You have made my physical constitution good, so make my attitude and behaviour good also.” (Ahmad; rijal al-Sahih)

This excellent model of the Prophet’s personality is captured in the words of the book, ‘The Ideal Muslim’ by Al-Hashimi written:

”The Ideal Muslim is a man of the highest moral character. In his relationship with His Rabb, himself, family, parents, relatives, friends and the community at large, he has a most excellent example in the Prophet of Islam. This ideal is further strengthened by the characters of the first generations of Muslims who excelled in all the various fields of human endeavour. He is reassured from the teachings of Islam that he also can reach these noble heights by working to improve his character daily.

What you need to know about building a personality pleasing to Allah (swt)

The human fitrah is tied to Tawheed – belief in the Oneness of Allah – and this belief is the ultimate route to success in this temporal world and the next.

Hence, you have the free will, choice and resources to strengthen your personality and keep it upon pure fitrah by directing all of your thoughts, emotions and actions to Allah – the one true Lord.

You can build a personality pleasing to Allah (swt) in many ways including the following:

1. Intention: Should be sincere always and safeguarded against doubts and desires.

2. Submission: Be conscious of Allah (swt) at all times, fulfil your covenant with Him and ultimately fulfil your purpose of creation.

3. Actions: Should always be in the best form; sincere, righteous and pure.

4. Trials and Tribulations: Can be utilised to help fitrah break through. Look to your trials as opportunities to regain connection with your Lord and true purpose on earth.

5. Utilising free will: Believe in qadr, yet make suitable choices to elevate yourself and keep close to fitrah.

6. Qur’an: Utilise Qur’an as a source of truth, pure guidance, motivation and cure for the heart, soul and body. You need to bring the Qur’an close to your heart to achieve this.

7. Knowledge: It is your path to guidance, correct creed and understanding of what a true Islamic personality entails.

8. Purification: Nurture a sound heart and soul through constant purification.

Such a heart and soul is engrossed in worship, possesses positive personality traits and its emotions are directed at Allah (swt).

9. Worship: This is the goal of creation and can be achieved through every action we engage in – from what we utter and how we think to our belief and deeds, all done sincerely for His sake and in accordance to Islamic teachings.

10. Tawheed: Reaffirm your belief in Allah (swt) and in His Oneness. Make it the goal of your entire existence.

The personality development of a Muslim is very important as referenced in many texts of the Qur’an and Sunnah, but it won’t be complete and well defined until a person follows the true faith of Allah – through living Tawheed completely with excellence.

He says, ”O you who believe. Enter into Islam perfectly (completely)” (Surah Al-Baqarah 2: 208)

Stretch thyself

As a Muslim, you should be distinguishable at all times with your unique set of personality traits, as elaborated in the Qur’an and Hadith.

They are qualities Allah (swt) has made well suited for his creations to help them live a happy and fulfilling life. And to aid them in connecting with their true purpose of creation, so they can achieve success in this world and the next.

These characteristics are among your religious obligation as required of every Muslim. And in seeking to fulfil this obligation, you should consider it worship. Developing your personality is an obligation upon you.

In the book, 40 Hadith on the Islamic Personality by AbdulHammed, A., the author describes the Muslim’s personality as encompassing a cultivated soul, purified heart and a rectified character. He went further to say ”It’s fabric is the book of Allah and its thread is the Sunnah”.

These words beautifully captures the essence and distinction of the true Islamic personality.

But as eloquent as it sounds, it remains empty words until you stretch yourself to develop the true Islamic personality through pure means.

Take time out each day.

To know yourself.

And stretch yourself.

In what other ways can you build a personality most pleasing to Allah (swt)?

Recommended readings

  • 40 Hadith on the Islamic Personality by Abdul Hameed, A.
  • The Ideal Muslim: The True Islâmic Personality of the Muslim as Defined in the Qur’an and the Sunnah by Al-Hashimi, M.A.
  • Psychology from the Islamic Perspective by Utz, A

Comments

  1. ma sha Allah. thank you for your effort in sharing this. indeed, it is hard to build an islamic personality, esp in the condition of the ummah today. i hope we all find light

  2. Masha’Allah great post. Jazak Allah Khair for sharing. 🙂

  3. MashaAllah. I need the reminder benefits the believers.

  4. Myda Tahir says:

    JazakAllah Amina,
    May Allah give us strength to follow the Ideal Personality(sallah taala alaihe wasalam) in all aspects of life.Ameen

  5. It was a great read. Very well written. Thanks for sharing.

    Fatima | http://www.blogsbyfa.com

  6. JazakAllah khair for sharing tips on building a personality. Beneficial post masha’Allah

  7. Mashaa Allah,love this post. We should all have our Islamic personality in check ?

    http://www.themuslimahguide.com

  8. Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, was the best in character and we should always follow his example and teach it to our children. A great reminder, thanks!

  9. Great post MashAllah… very beneficial 🙂

  10. Beautful post masha’Allah ? thank you for sharing. ?

  11. MashaAllah, beautifully written article, Thanks a lot for sharing with us! Have a nice day..

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