The person who has declared ‘There is no true God except Allah and Muhammad SAW is his prophet and servant’, and kept firm belief in those articles of belief which are fixed as the obligatory term of being a believer is truly a proper believer. Allah, the Almighty has described some noble virtues of a believer in different verses of the Qur’an. We might have a sharp idea of those virtues:

Characteristics of a believer

Fears Allah

A Muslim believer firmly believes that Allah, the knower of the unseen and seen, sees and hears everything. So, he is always aware of the consequences of disobedience to Allah and the punishment of the hereafter. He also fears Allah with all due respect and abstains from all kinds of sins and evil deeds. And in return, he prays to Allah alone. In the holy Quran Allah, the Almighty has commanded us to fear him properly: “O you who believe! Fear Allah as He should be feared.”- Al Imran:102. That’s why Fearing Allah is one of the most important virtues of a believer.

In another verse: “The believers are only those who, when Allah is mentioned, feel a fear in their hearts”. -Al Anfal:02

Abstains from Shirk

A believer firmly believes that there is no godhood except Allah, He is one, only, and unique, and He has no partner in His oneness. Undoubtedly, Allah is Almighty over all things and he has no partner in this dominion. A Muslim believer believes that only Allah alone knows the seen and unseen, the known and unknown. And only He reserves the right to reign the entire universe. So, this testimony of Tawhid is an obligatory virtue for being a proper believer. He never associates other entities with Allah. the Qur’an is teaching us to abstain from Shirk. “Indeed, I have turned my face toward He who created the heavens and the earth, and I am not of those who associate others with Allah” -Al An’am:06

In another verse, the Almighty is warning about the result of doing Shirk. “Do not make (as equal) with Allah another deity and (thereby) become censured and forsaken” -Al Israa:22. So, abstaining from Shirk (making partnership with Allah) is one of the obligatory virtues of a believer indeed.

Does Good Deeds

Faith and good deeds are related to each other. A true believer devotes himself intensely to good deeds. Even in his adverse times, he continues to look for opportunities to do good deeds. Because he knows very well that for the righteous believers there is a good reward and ultimate success in the hereafter. “And give good tidings to those who believe and do righteous deeds that they will have gardens (in Paradise) beneath with rivers flow.” – Surah Al Baqarah:25

Surrenders to Allah

A believer passes his whole life through the guidance of his creator. He tries to achieve the satisfaction and pleasure of the Almighty. A complete surrendered person is a complete Muslim. He always submits his will only to Allah and he dedicates his whole activity to his Lord for both worldly and hereafter success. In the Qur’an Allah, the Almighty is ordering the believers to become completely surrendered persons (Muslim) before their death. “O you who believe! Fear Allah as He should be feared and do not die except being Muslims (the surrendered).” -Al Imran:102

Takes care of Salat

  • Believers always take care of their Salat. Believers are: “and those who strictly guard their Salat (prayers) at their fixed stated hours”Al Muminoon:09
  • A true believer never skips his prayer and strictly guards obligatory prayers with optional prayers indeed. In the Holy Quran, Allah Almighty says: “Verily, the prayer is enjoined on the believers at fixed hours” -An Nisaa:103
  • Believers are humble, sincere, and attentive in their Salat. The Qur’an says, believers are: “Those, who offer their Salat with all solemnity and full submissiveness”Al muminoon:02. varily, one of the most significant virtues of a believer is taking care of his Salat with all solemnity, submissiveness, sincerity, and attentivity.

Pays the Zakat

Believers pay the obligatory Zakat on their fixed amount of wealth. They are active in gaining the pleasure of Allah through charity. As per the Qur’an, believers are “And those who pay the Zakat” – Al Muminoon:04

Stays Away from Meaningless Acts

Vain actions are those actions in which there is no benefit in this world or the hereafter instead than harm. A believer always abstains from these evil deeds. Holy Qur’an is describing the virtue of a believer: “And those (believer) who turn away from Al-Laghw (dirty, false, vain, evil, and all that Allah has forbidden)”. -Al Muminoon:03

Guards His Chastity

A proper believer always refrains himself from all kinds of obscene, offensive, antisocial, and illicit sexual activities by restraining his chastity. Believers are: “And those, who guard their chastity (private parts, from illegal sexual acts” -Al Muminoon:05

Obedient

Islam teaches us to be obedient to the Almighty and His messenger in every term of our life. A Muslim believer always follows the circumscribed HARAM and HALAL of his Lord. He remains grateful and obedient in the worship of Allah following the Sunnah of Muhammad SAW to achieve the satisfaction of the merciful Almighty. He restrains himself from those prohibited acts and does things according to the way that Allah has determined through Qur’an and His prophet SAW. That’s why our Lord is ordering us to obey Him and His messenger to be proper believers. “And obey Allah and his messenger (Muhammad SAW), if you are believers” -Al Anfal:01

Truthful

Believers are truthful, seek the truth, and be companions of the truthful. In the Holy Qur’an, Allah instructs believers to be companions of the truthful. “O you, who have believed, fear Allah and be with those who are true” – At-Tawba:129

 Faithful

Believers are faithful, honest, and responsible persons in this world comparatively . According to the Qur’an, believers are “those who are faithful to their Amanat (all duties which Allah has ordained, honesty, moral responsibility, and trust, etc.) and to their covenants” -Al Muminun:08

Seeks from Allah Alone

Since the sole owner of our worldly and hereafter success is Allah Almighty and all kinds of prosperity and misery are under His command, a believer surrenders his overall needs to Him alone and prays for His help in times of trouble or distress. Quran teaches us to seek our overall needs only from Allah. “you alone we worship, and you alone we ask for help” – Al Fatiha:05

Keeps Patient in Distress

A believer has a strong belief that all success lies in attaining the satisfaction of Allah Almighty and surrendering all one’s desires to Him alone. Therefore, he considers all kinds of worldly crises as a test given by Allah and he keeps patient and relies on Allah alone to overcome them. He never falls into frustration or depression. The Quran is inspiring a believer to keep patient in every difficulty. “And certainly, I shall test you with something of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits, but give glad tidings to As- Sabirin (the patient ones).” –  Al Baqara:155

Finds Rest in The Remembrance of Allah

It is a heavenly feeling for the believers that their hearts find calm in the remembrance of their Lord. The Qur’an says: “those who believe, and whose hearts find rest in the remembrance of Allah, verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest” -Ar- Ra’d:28

Expects The Hereafter

A true believer takes this world as a hall of examination and in exchange for his whole deeds, he expects a successful hereafter by acquiring the mercy of Allah. The Almighty declares reward in the Holy Qur’an for the believers. “And whoever desires the Hereafter and strives for it, with the necessary effort due for it while he is a believer, then such are the ones whose striving shall be appreciated, thanked, and rewarded (by Allah)” -Al Israa:20

All the above virtues significantly affect a believer’s life. The true believers are the most honorable persons to Allah, the Almighty. He declares the proper rewards for them in the Qur’an in many verses. By reforming one’s life with these noble virtues a believer gains the ultimate success both in worldly and hereafter life. May our Lord show the correct and easy ways to gain this massive success. (Ameen)