No matter how voluminous your hijab is, it cannot conceal a bad attitude. Likewise, a huge beard cannot hide an evil heart.
People see through these things. You may be able to fool some of the people most of the time but you draw the wool over everyone’s eyes forever.
In as much as our outward appearance is important, and shows that we are not ashamed to be identified as Muslims, we should not forget that the best form of invitation to Islam is a beautiful and exemplary character. Our influence as role models should not be used negatively.

As Muslims, we should not encourage others to ridicule the hijab, trousers or beard. No matter the length or size, we should preserve our brothers’ and sisters’ honour and not join in backbiting them. It makes no sense to look like a Muslim, talk like one but act in a non-Islamic way. however, this is not to say we shouldn’t correct the wrongs we see in other Muslims but we should do so with tact and propriety.
Our appearances should serve to remind us of our duties as full-time ambassadors of Islam and should help us act better and with humility. The fact that we look like Muslims should not make us look down on those who do not. The fact that we can be identified as Muslims should deter us from being discourteous, breaking rules, shoplifting, fighting and making a spectacle of ourselves in public. This taints other Muslims and reinforces the wrong stereotype people have in their minds about us.

Do not be a source of derision to the Ummah. Be an exemplar as a Muslim, whether or not you wear the hijab or possess a beard; but especially because you do.



contd. from A Perfect Example.

The Prophet(SAW)’s servant, Anas –after serving the Prophet(SAW) for ten years said:

I swear with Him who sent him the Truth that he never blamed me even once for doing something he didn’t like, and that whenever he heard his wives blaming me for something, he always asked them to stop.

The Prophet (SAW) never in his lifetime criticised his beddings. If they made his bed for him, he would lie on it. if not, he would lie on the floor without quarrelling with anyone for that. He used to cobble his shoes and stitch his clothes by himself and assist in other household works.

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The Prophet(SAW) was extremely shy to the extent that he was never able to fix his gaze on a person’s face. He used to respect every invitation be it from a free man or from a slave. He used to accept any gift, however little it may be, and he used to reward it and eat of it, except it be sadaqah.

The Prophet(SAW) never used to be angry for anything done to him, except his anger be for his Lord. He always followed the truth, and executed what was just even if it was detrimental to him or his companions.

In one of his battles, he was in dire need of helpers and he was offered the assistance of non-believers but he rejected that saying,

‘I am not going to attain my victory with polytheists.’

The Prophet(SAW) sometimes tied his stomach with stones due to hunger. He used to eat whatever was available. He never disdained eating any type of food, as long as it was lawful food. He never ate food in a reclining position, or on a table. His handkerchief after food used to be at the sole of his feet. He never ate food to his satisfaction for three consecutive days till he returned to his Lord, not due to poverty and not due to miserliness. He just preferred it like that. He used to visit the sick and attend the funerals of the dead, and walk among his enemies without a bodyguard.

He was the most modest of men and the most silent of them when there was nothing to talk about and the most eloquent when there was a message to convey.

He used to wear any dress available and ride any animal and carry on his donkey with him, even a slave. He sometimes used to walk long distances barefooted and bareheaded. He was however, particularly interested in good perfumes. He abhorred evil smells.

He used to sit with the poor and he used to dine with them. He used to honour men of esteem and draw them closer to him by doing good to them. He used to do good to his relatives but never placed them above those who were better than they.

He was never harsh or rude to anyone. He always accepted the apology of anyone who apologised to him. He sometimes joked but he always said the truth even in his jokes. He used to laugh but never with a guffaw. People used to raise their voices over his and he would be patient. He had male and female slaves. He never distinguished himself from them in food or dress.

The Prophet (SAW) never despised a poor man solely because of his poverty and he never had a reverential awe of a king just because of his position. He invited all to Allah on equal basis.
He always met people with the greeting of salaam. If someone shook his hand, he never withdrew his hand till the man withdrew his. Whenever he met his companion, he always stretched his hand first to him for a handshake. He always sat down with the remembrance of Allah and always got up with the same.

If someone came to him and met him praying, he would shorten his prayers and then turn to them and say: Do you have any problem? After solving the man’s problem, he would return to his prayers, if he so wished.

The Prophet (SAW) in the midst of his companions never had any seat reserved for him. It was always his custom to sit wherever there was space. And in most cases, he would sit facing the Qiblah.

The Prophet(SAW) used to honour anyone who entered upon him, with a pillow (cushion). If the person declined to accept it, he would insist. He used to pay equal attention to all sitting with him, giving everyone the impression that he was the Prophet(SAW)’s most beloved one in the group.

Whenever the Prophet(SAW) got up from a meeting, he would say:

Glory to You, oh Lord, and praises. I bear witness that there is no god but you. I seek your forgiveness and return to you with my sins.

Then he would add: this is what Jibril taught me.

O servant of Allah!
This is a brief description of the general conduct of the apostle Allah chose for you as your teacher and friend.

It is not a story told just for fun. It is a model we are all required to emulate in our daily lives (Q33.21) Imam Tirmidhi has explained that the verse is commanding every Muslim to obey the Prophet(SAW) and to follow his footsteps in everything.

May Allah the Almighty help us all in that and in every other thing that will draw His blessings nearer to us in this world and in the next. Ameen.

And finally, here’s a link to get a better glimpse of the Rasul(SAW) here