Muslims understand that Islam and the Holy book Quran is a complete package that tells us how to spend our lives in the best manner. The life Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) reflects the teachings of Quran and Allah. One may debate about alternations and difference in beliefs due to intersects and teachings from ancestors. However, it is always recommended to open the Holy book and verify everything yourself.
Islam sheds great importance on behaving during our lifetime. Haqooq Allah and Haqooq Al-Ibaad are given very important pillars in the lives of Muslims. While Haqooq Allah is the main goal of life, the way to it largely depends on how we participate in Haqooq Al-Ibaad.
Haqooq Al-Ibaad primarily deals with how we behave in our daily routines. Controlling our anger, helping others, talking to family and friends nicely and other aspects are what build our nature and reflect on how we behave. Here is what the Quranic verses teach us about behaving:
1. Respect People Of All Faiths And Beliefs
In the world of extremism, we have forgotten how to accept differences in terms of religious beliefs and we have stopped respecting the minorities.
“Allah does not forbid you from those who do not fight you because of religion and do not expel you from your homes – from being righteous toward them and acting justly toward them. Indeed, Allah loves those who act justly.” – The Holy Quran 60:8 Surah AL-MUMTAHANAH
2. We Must Not Be Proud
Whatever we have in this world is all due to Allah’s reward of our efforts.
“And the servants of the Most Merciful are those who walk upon the earth easily, and when the ignorant address them [harshly], they say [words of] peace” – The Holy Quran 25:63 Surah AL-FURQAN
3. Do Not Eat And Drink In Excessive Amount
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) used to share his food with others to make sure that everyone eats and does not sleep on an empty stomach. He taught us that eating in excess is not wise.
“O children of Adam, take your adornment at every masjid, and eat and drink, but be not excessive. Indeed, He likes not those who commit excess.” – The Holy Quran 7:31 Surah AL-A’RAF
4. Keep Fighting And Striving For What You Wish To Achieve
Our Prophet’s life is a complete example of how, under whatever the circumstances were, kept fighting. He did not care for the weather, his health or any other matter. He kept striving for the goals he had.
“And that there is not for man except that [good] for which he strives” – The Holy Quran 53:39 Surah AN-NAJM
5. Stay Away From Corruption
A number of Muslim countries suffer by the hands of corruption. It is something which is strictly forbidden in Islam, even when it revolves around the activities carried out by individuals.
6. Honoring Guests
As mentioned earlier, Haqooq Al-Ibaad plays a huge role in how we behave. Receiving guests and treating them well has been given a lot of stress in Quran – same as valuing our neighbors.
“Then he turned quickly to his household, brought out a roasted fattened calf, and placed it before them. He said: ‘Will you not eat?’”- The Holy Quran 51:26 Surah ADH-DHARIYAT
7. Speak Kindly When Speaking To The Needy
Often we are so proud of what we have, we never care for the needy and the poor. While we may not take advantage of their status, we do misbehave with them on occasions because we feel proud of what we have – an upper-hand and a higher bank balance.
“And if you [must] turn away from the needy awaiting mercy from your Lord which you expect, then speak to them a gentle word.” – The Holy Quran 17:28 Surah AL-ISRA
8. Strictly Refrain From Spying And Backbiting
“And do not spy or backbite each other. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his brother when dead? You would detest it. And fear Allah ; indeed, Allah is Accepting of repentance and Merciful “– The Holy Quran 49:12 Surah AL-HUJURAT
We are often too busy bickering about others and their deeds, but little do we know how it will affect us in the hereafter.
9. Do Not Assume Anything
We hear stories filled with exaggeration and believe them. We hear one side of the story and assume the entire situation. Without verifying anything, we assume situations and this act is not appreciated in Islam as it leads unfortunate events.
“O you who have believed, avoid much [negative] assumption. Indeed, some assumption is sin.” – The Holy Quran 49:12 Surah AL-HUJURAT
10. Do Not Disrespect Parents
No matter how hard we work, we will never be able to repay our parents and their efforts.
“Say not to them [so much as], “uff,” and do not repel them but speak to them a noble word” – The Holy Quran 17:23 Surah AL-ISRA