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- Spirit of Islam -

Islam has stressed the importance of unity and good spirit among people. It also directs people to how to treat each other with respect, and forbids what humiliates the individuals or spreads hatred and evil spirits among them.

The Islamic Law has introduced a number of public ethics. At also, it warned of to strictly abiding by it, as this will entail punishment in the Hereafter.

Imam Muslim narrated that the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said: Do you know who is the bankrupt?” They answered: A bankrupt among us is the person who has neither money nor property. The Prophet (PBUH) said: “The bankrupt in my nation is the one who comes on the Day of Resurrection with prayer, zakat and fasting, yet he used to insult, slander, slay and beatothers. Thus claimants are rewarded according to their good deeds. If one's good deeds are gone, he is punished for his ill-doings until he is thrown intoHell.”

Islam respects the feelings of people who gather at a place to make gathering desirable and repel all that cause people to hate gathering. Therefore, Islam instructs its followers to be clean-bodied, with no bad smell, and clean-dressed, with no disgusting sights. It also instructs them to listen to the speaker without interrupting him and to sit where they find room without stepping over people's neck or causing them any inconvenience by pressing against them.

This is supported by the Prophet Mohammad's (PBUH) saying while addressing Muslims on a Friday sermon: “Whoever has a bath on Friday, puts on the best of his clothes, puts some scent on if any, then attends Friday prayer without crossing over people's necks and performs whatever rak'as he could. Then keep quiet when the Imam mounts the pulpit until he concludes prayer. His prayer will be atonement for the whole week preceding that prayer.”(Abu Dawood).

Moreover, Islam directs us Muslims to the attitude that forms some sort of friendliness and sociability between individuals, and this is shown to us through Prophet Mohammad's (PBUH) attitude among his companions. The Prophet (PBUH) has set some rules of behavior such as speaking pleasantly, and being cheerful with others.

He said (PBUH): Do not underestimate any kind of acts, even to receive your brother cheerfully.”

He (PBUH) also said:“A good word is an act of kindness.”(Bukhari & Muslim).

Al-Hussain, may Allah be pleased with him, said:“I asked my Father about the Prophet's behavior among his companions” to which he answered:“He was always cheerful, easy mannered and lenient. He was not rough, noisy, vulgar, insulting, or miserly. He used to overlook what he dislikes without depriving others of hope or answering them negatively. He refrained from disputation, prattling and curiosity. He spared others from three things: He never censured, found fault with or spied on them. He spoke only what he hoped would be rewarded. When he spoke, his listeners lowered their head quietly and when he was silent they spoke. They never spoke haphazardly in front of him. If one talked in his presence they listened to him until he has finished. He used to laugh and wonder at what they laughed or wondered at. He was patient with strangers who were rude in both their talk and requests.”

All this sums up the nature of Islam, and the attitude Muslims should have. Islam was never a rough or a harsh religion, on the contrary it guides people to what spreads love and warmness among them, and this is the true spirit of Islam. Nevertheless, it is important to stress the fact that no human affair, private or public, goes without Qur'anic or Prophetic instruction or guidance that defines or regulates it.

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