Our Prophet's
"And you are truly ˹a man˺ of outstanding character"
[Surah Al-Qalam 68:4]
Being Concerned about Others - A Duty towards Mankind
By: Shaikh Zafar Ul Hasan Al Madani

Five qualities of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ have been mentioned in the Books of Jews and Christians and later in the Qur’an as well, which can easily eradicate problems faced in any society very efficiently.

Those who follow the Messenger, the unlettered prophet, whom they find written in what they have of the Torah and the Gospel, who

  1. Enjoins upon them what is right
  2. Forbids them what is wrong
  3. Makes lawful for them the good things
  4. Prohibits for them the evil
  5. Relieves them of their burden and the shackles which were upon them.

Surah al Araf - 157

"Deen is Naseeha (good/ sincere advice)",declared Prophet Muhammad ﷺ . .

"Whoever does not desire goodness for others is not from us",he announced in another gathering; an announcement that echoes in the grooming of a Muslim’s character building sessions.

The Prophet’s extreme concern about the plight of the sinners on the day of Qiyamah is discussed in Surah Kahf:

"Perhaps, you, would kill yourself in grief, over their footsteps because they believe not in this narration" 
Surah Kahf verse 6

Being concerned about others is a prime duty of Muslims which they have inherited from their Prophet. Our religious scholars always showed great concern to correct the ways of society and even imparted the manners of correcting others.

Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal noted in his book Kitabuz-Zuhd:

Abu Darda (May Allah be pleased with him) once asked his students:

"Suppose you pass by a well and you hear a sound asking for help. Even if the person is not your friend, will you help him to come out or let him die?"

The students replied, "We will try our best to save him."

Abu Darda explained, "What about the person who is on his way to the Hellfire? Should we not worry about him more ?"

Goodness is not forced nor is evil stopped forcefully but explained patiently and politely and this is what Islam considers to be a part of good character.