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Salaf-us-Salih Homepage


Compiled by
Muhammad Sharif Said ibn Philip Cherry

With the resurgence of Islam amongst the Muslim youth today, it is unfortunate to observe that many of those who fervently call to Islam, and those who attach themselves to Islam are in fact far removed from the true Islamic personality.

So beautiful is the Islamic personality, that it led many a non-Muslim into Islam - yet the callers of today mar the beauty of Islam and deter the people with their un-islamic characters. Hence in this prevalent situation, much effort and education is needed to filter this blemished personality from all characteristics alien to Islam and to supersede it with the noble Islamic personality mentioned therein.

We ask Allah, the Greatest One who responds, that this book becomes a firm pivot through which the reader cultivates his soul and hastens to emulate the Prophet and his Companions (may Allah be pleased with them) so that he can adorn and refine his personality upon their true way, following it and subsequently calling to it. Ameen.

Author's Introduction

  1. Purity and Sincerity of Intention
  2. Distinctness
  3. Justice and being Justly Balanced
  4. Striving against one's Desires
  5. Gentleness
  6. Returning to the Truth
  7. Responsibility
  8. Seeking to make excuses for other Muslims
  9. The Muslim does not harbor envy
  10. Following and applying Divine Guidance.
  11. The Muslim has No Free Time
  12. The Muslim's piety and Self Restraint
  13. The Muslim is honest and Truthful in All His Affairs
  14. Knowledge for Knowledge
  15. The Believer is the Mirror for His Brother
  16. The Muslim's Struggle and His Devil
  17. Remembrance of Allah
  18. The Muslim does not fall into Backbiting
  19. The Muslim does not pry into matters that do not concern him
  20. All of His actions are for Allah
  21. The Muslim repents and turns back to Allah.
  22. The Essential Characteristics of His Personality
  23. Honest Jesting
  24. A Time for this and a Time for that
  25. He Does not Take Sins Lightly
  26. The Muslim does not Commit Oppression
  27. He is not a Carrier of Malicious reports
  28. He is not Attached to this World
  29. Disassociation from this World
  30. Good Actions
  31. The Muslim is Contented and Satisfied
  32. Devotion to the Religion of Islam
  33. How the Muslim Deals with People
  34. Visiting Brothers
  35. The Muslim's Character
  36. The Muslim knows his Own Worth
  37. He Hopes for good for Himself and His brothers
  38. Ordering Good and Forbidding Evil
  39. Being Cautious to Avoid Animosity and Dissension
  40. The Means to escape the Trial which Befalls the People