THE MESSENGER OF ALLAH (P.B.U.H) said: “Verily the most beloved and closest of you to me on the Day of Judgment will be the ones with the most excellent character, and the worst and most distant of you from me on the Day of Judgment will be the prideful and arrogant ones.” From this single statement of our beloved Prophet (P.B.U.H), we can gauge the lofty status of excellent character and the detrimental effect of evil character. When deeply analyzed, it is realized that evil character traits are the root causes of all social ills, every manifestation of strife, and the general disharmony that plagues humanity.
Hence, removing these diseases from the heart is crucial and the only avenue towards success in this life and the hereafter. Allah Most High says, “Indeed, successful is the one who purified (the self) and failed is the one who defiled it…”
This concise yet comprehensive book was written by one of the great sages and illustrious scholars of the modern era – the late Knower of Allah, Hadrat Mawlana Hakim Muhammad Akhtar (may Allah have mercy on him) – as a beginner’s guide to reforming one’s character. The translation of this brief treatise is a boon for Western audiences who are seeking the path of purifying the heart and drawing nearer to Allah Most High.
About the Author:
Hadrat Mawlana Hakim Muhammad Akhtar (1345-1434 AH / 1928-2013 CE), the great carrier of the legacy of Mawlana Ashraf Thanwi, spent a lifetime of piety and righteousness devoted to the service of the Deen.
After having spent the vast majority of his life in the auspices and service of great scholars and awliya of Allah, Hadrat Mawlana gained renown as a masterful spiritual guide and exponent of Islam.
His teachings, famous for being infused with intense love for Allah, have been a source of guidance for countless students and spiritual aspirants from around the world.Author: Hadrat Mawlana Shah Hikim Muhammad Akhtar