The Prophet Muhammad (may God’s peace and blessings be upon him) said: “The people most beloved to God are those that bring the most benefit to the people” (Mu’jam Al-Awsat)
Islam is a religion of compassion and justice, a religion that teaches morality and forbids bad conduct and bad behaviour. It is a religion that grants individuals their dignity and honour.
Allah says in the Noble Qur’an: “By Time, mankind is at loss, except those who believe and do righteous deeds…” (103:1-3)
There is no doubt that Islam strongly encourages and advocates Muslims to be doers of good, to bring goodness and benefit the society they live in. Muslims are commanded to show good and to enjoin in righteous deeds.
Furthermore, if we look to the biography of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and the life of his companions (may Allah be pleased with them), it is evident that wherever they went, they benefited that community. They made it a better place, a safer place, and a place of harmony and tranquillity.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) also said: “Give glad tidings, and do not scare people away (from Islam); Make things easy (concerning religious matters), and do not make things difficult.” (Abu Dawud).
Even when some of his companions would sit at a roadside, the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) would say to them: “If you have to sit there, then guide the lost, return greetings and support the oppressed.” (Ahmad)
In addition, when Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) was asked about the character of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), she replied, “The character of the Prophet was the Quran.” (Muslim)
This tells us the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) acted out his life according to the teachings of the Qur’an – doing righteousness and standing upright for justice, guidance and compassion for all. This is something we as Muslims should aspire to be like, especially in this current climate.