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Q1: According to Islamic teachings, apart from having the right belief how important is it for a person to do good deeds?
Doing good and having the right belief go hand in hand in Islam. In fact, doing good in practice is the proof of having the right belief in the heart. This is why the Holy Quran speaks of true Muslims very often as “those who believe and do good deeds”.
Both the Quran and the Holy Prophet have told Muslims that the best among them is that person who shows the best behaviour towards other people.
Q2: Please give a list of some of the good qualities a Muslim must try to acquire.
Below we give, in the words of the Holy Quran and the Holy Prophet Muhammad, the chief qualities a Muslim should display:
“O you who believe! Keep your duty to Allah and fear Him, and speak (always) the truth.” (Holy Quran, 33:70)
“O you who believe, fear Allah, and be with those who are truthful.” (Holy Quran, 9:119)
“Be maintainers of justice and bearers of true witness for Allah, even if it (the truth) goes against your own selves or parents or relatives or someone who is rich or poor.”
(Holy Quran, 4:135)
“Verily, We have sent down the Book to you (O Muhammad SAW) in truth: So worship Allah (Alone) by doing religious deeds sincerely for Allah’s sake only, (and not to show-off, and not to set up rivals with Him in worship).”
(Holy Quran, 39:2)
“It is most hateful in the sight of Allah that you say things which you do not do.”
(Holy Quran, 61:3)
“Woe to those who pray but are unmindful of their prayers, who do good to be seen.”
(Holy Quran, 107:4-6)
Never will you attain the good [reward] until you spend [in the way of Allah ] from that which you love. And whatever you spend – indeed, Allah is Knowing of it.
(Holy Quran, 3:92)
“They (the true believers) give food, out of love for Allah, to the poor, the orphan and the slave, saying: We feed you only for Allah’s pleasure – we desire from you neither reward nor thanks.”
(Holy Quran, 76:8-9)
“Do no favour seeking gain.”
(Holy Quran, 74:6)
“The servants of the Beneficent (Allah) are those who walk on the earth in humility.”
“And turn not your face away from men with pride, nor walk in insolence through the earth. Verily, Allah likes not each arrogant boaster.”
(Holy Quran, 31:18)
…Do not ascribe purity to yourselves. Allah knows best who is righteous.”
(Holy Quran, 53:32)
….And Allah loves As-Sabirin (the patient ones, etc.).”
(Holy Quran, 3:146)
And certainly, We shall test you with something of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits, but give glad news to As-Sabirin (the patient ones, etc.)..
..who, when afflicted with calamity, say: “Truly! To Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.””
(Holy Quran, 2:155-156)
…to be continued, insha’Allah…
-The Holy Quran
-This article is based on an article from http://www.muslim.org/islam/int-is7.htm