Character Trait of the Month

Self-Restraint & Control ( September):

Self-control,  is perfectly Islamic. Our whole religion is based around it. One of the reasons we pray five times a day is to gain discipline. We fast in the month of Ramadan in order to “learn self-restraint.” (Qur’an 2:183). We partake in Hajj, partly, to practice fortitude.  We “lower our gaze” (24:31) to resist temptation. Even the pursuit of wealth is not by any means necessary: we are stringent about examining the how and why of whatever we earn and spend (17:26). We have to regulate what we consume. We have to regulate our speech. We have to constantly exert control over our thoughts and feelings. We have to control our anger, our jealousy; any feelings of pride or arrogance. We constantly have to check our actions against our intentions.The Rewards for these are abundant in this life and hereafter.

Excellence and perseverance ( August):

perseverance is described in the Qur’an as one of the characteristics of those who are pious and God conscious.  For example in (12:90) “He that is righteous and patient, never will Allah suffer the reward to be lost, of those who do right.”