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IHSAN: Beautifying One’s Character

“Those who spend (freely) in prosperity or in adversity; who restrain anger and pardon (all) persons – for Allah loves those who do good deeds.” (Qur’an 3:134)

Ihsan in Islam is the quality in human beings that beautifies their character

The word ihsan is derived from Arabic word hasan which has broad meanings such as benevolence, good acts, politeness, sympathy, generosity, tolerance and consideration. Ihsan is referenced extensively in the Qur’an and Sunnah of the Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) as a desirable quality of believers. In a nutshell, ihsan is to do an act or treat others in the best possible way. Whereas adl (justice) requires that we deal with others fairly, ihsan require


Hafidh bin Said Al-Rawahi 

Islamic Information Center

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