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I just recently heard a little talk by Junaid Jamshed (I think it was on his naat CD), and he made a really good point. He was supposed to go on this show and his friends/people he knew told him to talk about Islamic manners. They said that most people are already doing their worship/praying/fasting etc. but not everyone is exhibiting Islamic character. People don’t care when they backbite, or when they lie, when they get angry, when they don’t give other people their rights, when they cause family problems, etc.

Junaid Jamshed started off by saying that these things are really hard to change in a person. These are not small problems. We love to think of ourselves as better than others, we love to judge them and say something bad about them, so we can put ourselves higher. But then what he said was, if we have a true connection with Allah سبحانه و تعالى‎ then these things will be nothing. The person who recognizes that there is an Allah and He’s there watching me, that one day I will have to answer for the things I did, then that person will always stop himself before he engages in these sins. It is all about making that connection, that true connection, where your aware of Him.

Whenever some difficulty arises in life, the person who hasn’t made that connection with Allah سبحانه و تعالى‎ will always engage in sinfulness, when he’s in a tight spot the first thing he’ll do is lie, when something doesn’t go his way, he won’t hesitate to yell at and blame others. The qualities of true character won’t manifest in a person that doesn’t recognize the reality of Allah سبحانه و تعالى‎, the reality of paradise, the reality of hell. The issues of Islamic character are a much later thing, an individual first has to make that connection.

I was thinking that being the humans we are, we sometimes forget that Allah سبحانه و تعالى‎ is watching‎. Once we truly recognize this fact, we have to always be working on it.

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