On the Reality of Good Character

Answered by Sayyidi al-Ḥabīb `Umar bin Hafīẓ (may Allāh preserve him and benefit us by him).

What is the reality of good character?

Good character is a state which is firmly established in the soul from which beautiful actions proceed with ease. People who have good character properly implement the following verse: Hold to forgiveness (of others), command what is right and turn away from the ignorant.1 They are firmly established in the qualities of pardoning those that wrong them, maintaining ties with those that that sever ties with them and giving to those that withhold from giving them.

1Al-A`rāf, 7:199