A hadith translated:
“Verily, the best people are those with the best morals.” (As related by At Tabrani)
It should be noted that spiritual development for the purpose of forming people with good morals and virtues is not an easy task. It is not easy for a family, what more a school, town, district, state or country. Material development, such as building a 100-storey building, would be a far easier undertaking than to development someone’s soul.
A 100-storey skyscraper might take three years to complete, but a person’s soul might take 30 years, and even then there is no guarantee of success. Hence, God sent His representatives, the Prophets and Messengers to develop the community’s spirituality. Those who obediently follow the teachings are the saints, scholars, and finally the non-religious. When it comes to (behavior), it’s divided into two:
Firstly: to God.
Secondly: to mankind.
Good Behavior to God encompasses a few things, the greatest of which is iman (belief) in Him. Good behavior also includes constant worship to Him, sincerity, constant awareness of Him and knowing that He is everywhere and that He sees, hears and knows everything that we feel, and thus we should feel embarrassed, fearful, love, patient etc…
Good behavior to mankind includes love, generosity, friendliness, fairness, trustworthiness, truthfulness, humility, compromise, gentleness, helpfulness and always thinking the best of others. Besides these two main branches of behavior , there is also the behavior towards animals as well as the trees, rocks and so on so forth. We cannot torture animals. If we rear animals such as goats, we have to prepare its stables and food, provide medicine if it is sick, and if it needs to be slaughtered, we must use a sharp knife.
Such behavior also refers to the environment, such as the trees, for we cannot cut trees down as we like; there must be proper and beneficial reasons for chopping them down.
Thus how beautiful and wide the scope of behavior is in Islam, the religion of the end of time. It seeks to unite everyone, and is admired by everyone including the non-Muslims.
Hence, if the Islamic nation returns to the good behavior of the three centuries after The Prophet’s time, Muslims would be respected and admired the world over because such noble behavior would gain more admirers than opponents. This is because this good behavior is like a beautiful flower, admired and loved by all.