An Exposition of the Signs of Good Character

Imam Ghazali, from his Ihya’ `Ulum al-Din

Know that every man is [at first] ignorant of the faults which lie in his soul. When he comes to struggle with it, even in the least degree, until he has abandoned the grosser transgressions, he may think to himself that he has refined his soul and made good his character, and may now dispense with any further struggle. It is therefore essential to explain what are the signs of good character, since good character is equivalent to faith, and bad character to hypocrisy, God (Exalted is He!) has in His Book made mention of the traits which characterise believers and hypocrites, which are all the fruits of good or bad character. We shall now set forth some of the texts so that you may come to know the sign by which good character is to be recognised… [read more]

A book that may well be of interest is Sufism and Good Character [Imam Zafar Ahmad Usmani, tr. Faraz Rabbani, White Thread Press] Available through

Sufism & Good Character

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