13 qualities of true Muslims
Generally according to Islamic point of view, Mumin is a term used for true
Muslim. In a hadith, it was once asked from Prophet Muhammed (S.A.W) “How will I
know that I have become a Mumin?” The Prophet Muhammed (S.A.W) answered, “When
your heart feels satisfied because of any of your good act and mourns about any
of your wrong doing, then know, you have become a true Muslim, i.e., Mumin.
Actually to us both of the terms look alike, but keep in mind they aren’t, for
you shall also see the difference from Al-Quran. Muslim is a person who embraces
Islam by saying kalima tayyaba and with a keen belief that Allah is one, no God
except Him and Muhammad (S.A.W) is His last Apostle. Whereas a person becomes
Mumin when this knowledge penetrates deep into his mind, heart and soul. Allah
Almighty has described 13 main qualities of such dignified persons in Surah Al-
Furqan they are as under:
1. Believer of Allah Jal Shaana: Such persons believe in Allah Almighty and
declare no assistant with Him whatsoever. We have seen many people saying and
believing in Allah fully yet whenever they are in trouble they seek help from
the dead people, i.e., visiting mizaar crying there for help from the pious
people of Allah. This is in fact Shirk that has been entailed in the last sermon
of Holy Prophet (S.A.W). A Mumin turns only to Allah for help and demands only
from Him. I shall quote here words of Hadith Qudsi, “There is no such thing that
any person can give you unless Allah imputes and no such thing any person can
take away from you unless Allah wills. No greatness of any person, whatsoever,
is greater than that of Allah Jal Shaana and none can save you from evil doings
except His might”.
2. Humble: Another quality of such persons is that are humble, i.e., free from
any sort of pride and arrogance. They walk very humbly, talk humbly hence
humbleness is a part of their life. Pride is something that Allah has forbidden
upon humanity, its in a Hadith Qudsi, “Pride is my cloak, and whosoever tries to
steal it from me, I shall be at war with him”.
3. Saying Salaam: Here salaam not only represents saying salaam to each other in
normal course of life but whenever such persons face a situation where an
ignorant is trying to have a dispute with them over any matter, they just say
salaam and move forward. (Surah Al furqan Ayah: 63). Therefore, it clearly shows
that such persons don’t indulge themselves in futile discussions.
4. Praying after mid night: though this is not compulsory for every person but
whosoever does it with beat intentions may have reward for it, Insha Allah. The
Mumineen or Ibaad-al- Rahmaan have the quality that they perform prayers after
midnight, i.e., Tahajjad. Allah says in Surah al Furqan, “The pious followers of
Allah are those who get up in the middle of the night and pray, when all the
world is sound asleep”
5. Chary towards expenses: Such persons are not extravagant rather chary. For an
extravagant person, it is said, “An extravagant is brother of Satan”. Some
people believe that Allah gives money to spend hence they keep on spending it
uselessly. Yes that is true that Allah Jal shaana gives money to a person to
spend on himself and his family but not extravagantly, rather a person should be
cautious in doing so, he should take care of the money given to him, he should
neither be a closefisted person nor an extravagant but a careful person.
6. Avoid shirk: Followers of Allah Almighty abstain from Shirk. That is the
subject matter of Islam and if one can’t follow that, he shall not be called a
Muslim. Now normally there are two major kinds of Shirk, Shirk-e- jali and
Shirk-e-khafi. Shirk-e-jali means directly associate a partner with Allah and
Shirk-e-khafi means to invlove one self in such acts so as to please other
persons. Note that a wife can do anything to please her husband but for other
persons doing something to get their attention also come in category of Shirk-e-khafi.
7. Don’t kill anyone unjustly: Muslims are world wide seen as terrorist and
Islam a terrorist religion, well here is an answer for that. Allah Almighty says
in Al-Quran that the followers of Allah don’t kill anyone unjustly because they
know that whosoever does that (i.e., kills another person unjustly or a Mumin
unjustly), he abodes in hell where he shall dwell forever.
8. Avoid adultery: Allah Jal shaana explains another unique quality of His
followers that they avoid adultery and save themselves from it because they know
that it is such a ribald sin that has no chances of apologies only and only
punishment. For an apology it is necessary that the loss be fulfilled and in
adultery loss can never be fulfilled.
9. Avoid lying and Fraud: Followers of Allah avoid lying and fraud and don’t go
near the evil or places where evil dwells. Once a person came to Holy Prophet
and asked Him some questions:
Person: Is it possible for a Muslim to drink?
Holy Prophet: Yes, it is possible
Person: Is it possible for a Muslim to steal?
Holy Prophet: Yes, it is.
Person: Is it possible for a Muslim to lie?
Holy Prophet: Never, a Muslim may be weak of imaan and may indulge himself in
other such acts but he can never lie to anyone.
10. Noble and generous: Followers of Allah are very noble and generous that if
they ever pass by evil gatherings, they just seek their Lord’s refuge and move
on. But they never feel hatred for the ones who are in such gatherings nor they
degrade such persons in fact they pray for them to be shown guidance by Allah.
11. Use their senses: Followers of Allah have the quality that whenever they are
told orders of Allah, they listen to it keenly and then follow it. They don’t
indulge themselves in vague questioning neither do they ask for proof that world
is going such like why should we be different. Because they know that Muslims
are given just a small portion of knowledge and that can be compared to give
answers for everything.
12. Worry about family: The followers of Allah always worry about their
families. They not only themselves follow the straight path but also make their
children follow the straight path and pray for them to be pious as well oftenly.
13. Fear Allah and worry about hereafter: The followers of Allah fear from Allah
every time and keep worrying about hereafter. They keep themselves indulge in
such acts that are helpful for their hereafter. They oftenly pray from their
Lord, “Oh Allah, bless us in this worldly life as well as save us from the hell
fire in hereafter” (Ameen)
These are some of the basic qualities that Quran has listed in Surah Al Furqan.
I pray that may Allah Almighty make us all follow such straight path and make
each of us have these qualities (Ameen).