عَنْ أَبِيْ ذَرٍّ جُنْدُبِ بنِ جُنَادَةَ وَ أَبِي عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ مُعَاذِ بِنِ جَبَلٍ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُمَا عَنْ رَسُولِ اللهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ: (اتَّقِ اللهَ حَيْثُمَا كُنْتَ، وَأَتْبِعِ السَّيِّئَةَ الحَسَنَةَ تَمْحُهَا، وَخَالِقِ النَّاسَ بِخُلُقٍ حَسَنٍ) رواه التِّرمِذِي وقاَل: حديثٌ حسنٌ. وفي بَعضِ النُّسَخ: حسنٌ صَحيحٌ
On the authority of Abu Dhar Jundub bin Junadah and Abu Abd al-Rahman Muadh bin Jabal Radi Allahu ‘anhuma, that The Prophet Sal Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, Be aware of Allah wherever you may be, and follow up an bad deed with a good deed and it will wipe it out, and behave with people in the best of character. (al-Tirmidhi, hasan)
This hadith is perhaps the most impactive upon me. It brings together everything that a Muslim must hold in their conscious, what they must do with their lives and how they must interact with others.
“Be aware of Allah wherever you are” sometimes we find it easy to be ‘practicing’ in certain places and at certain times or even in the company of certain people. Yet the real challenge is to be aware of Allah whether you are out shopping or praying in al-Masjid al-Haram in Makkah. Wherever you are in this narration means both, time and place.
“and follow up a bad deed with a good deed and it will wipe it out” here we find the mercy of Allah. Allah will not punish someone the moment they do something wrong, He gives them time and space to correct themselves. And if someone has had a bad day or moment all they need to do is get up and go do something good to set their record aright. It also shows how the religion is in the hand of the people, if you do something bad there’s no confessionary box or holy person that you must pay homage to, you simple go and do a good deed yourself.
“and behave with people with the best of character” notice here the use of the word, insan, meaning humans, not just fellow Muslims but all people. Who ever it may be, the Muslim is asked to behave in the best possible way. The believer should be known by everyone who interacts with them for their good character. A surprising aspect of religion to some people is the character building religious practices seek to build in people, Islam did not come as a one dimensional religion to require people to stand in prayer, it also came to change them from selfish and egotistic brings into selfless people who held no pride for their accomplishments, who would be humble, kind, generous and upright.