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The Importance Of Setting A Good Example

People tend to copy and imitate each other - in the individual as well as collective sense. It is an innate aspect of human nature. Which is why excellent role models are essential in order to create and maintain healthy societies.

The Prophets (pbut) were, are and shall remain the best possible examples for humankind. Their lives were characterized by suffering, sacrifice and struggle - in an infinitely greater cause than many are able either to comprehend or appreciate:

In The Name Of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful

Chapter 12, Yusuf, Verse 111
Assuredly in their stories is a lesson for people of understanding. It is not a Discourse concocted but a confirmation of what went before it, and a detailing of everything, and a Guidance and a Mercy to a people who believe.

Chapter 33, Al-Ahzaab, Verse 21
Assuredly there has been an excellent pattern for you in the Messenger of Allah, for him who hopes in Allah and the Last Day and remembers Allah much.

Chapter 68, Al-Qalam, Verse 4
And verily you are of a high and noble disposition.

(The preceding two Verses are references to the Prophet Muhammad pbuh)

Chapter 2, Al-Baqarah, Verse 143
And thus We have made you a Community justly-balanced, that you might be witnesses to humankind, and that the Messenger might be a witness to you...

This Verse reveals the importance of the Muslim Community setting a good example as a whole. Being moderate, measured and modest in respect of the spiritual and secular aspects of life, thereby manifesting the best of both. The middle-most Community, by definition and of necessity, has no extremism whatsoever attaching to it. Thus, just as individuals need good role models, nations and communities do too.

Wa Llahu 'Alam

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