Good character and being good to your women

Abu Hurayrah narrates that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said

أَكْمَلُ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ إِيمَانًا أَحْسَنُهُمْ خُلُقًا وَخِيَارُكُمْ خِيَارُكُمْ لِنِسَائِهِمْ خُلُقًا

The most complete of the believers in terms of eemaan is the one with the best character among them. And the best of you are those who are best to your women.

[al-Tirmidhi #1162 hasan]

Sheikh Mubarakfoori writes in his explanation of Jaami’ al-Tirmidhi

قوله‏:‏ ‏(‏أكمل المؤمنين إيماناً أحسنهم خلقاً‏)‏ بضم اللام ويسكن لأن كمال الإيمان يوجب حسن الخلق والإحسان إلى كافة الإنسان ‏(‏وخياركم خياركم لنسائه‏)‏ لأنهن محل الرحمة لضعفهن‏.‏ قوله‏:‏ ‏(‏وفي الباب عن عائشة‏)‏ أخرجه الترمذي ‏(‏وابن عباس‏)‏ أخرجه ابن ماجه مرفوعاً‏:‏ خيركم خيركم لأهله وأنا خيركم لأهلي

His statement, “The most complete of the believers in faith, is the one with the best character among them” because the completeness of al-eemaan requires good character and al-ihsaan towards all of mankind. “And the best of you are those who are best to your women” because it is proper to be merciful to them in their weakness. And his [i.e. al-Tirmidhi’s] statement, “and from ‘Aa’ishah” as it came in al-Tirmidhi, “and from Ibn ‘Abbaas” as it came from Ibn Maajah with a chain going directly back to the Prophet, “The best of you are the best to their families, and I am the best to my family.”

[Tuhfat al-Ahwadhi]

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