36.3.1 CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT
Character, determined by personality, is internal. Its outward manifestation is behavior, good or bad.
Consistent observation of behavior over a long time reveals true character. The following are some of the components of a
positive character: Piety, generosity, charity, chastity, trust, humility, balance, moderation, patience, endurance, cooperation,
forgiving, ignoring stupid company, reconciliation, honor and dignity, shyness, modesty, integrity, courage, and wisdom. These
traits are best manifested in an atmosphere of positive attitudes, optimism, and behavior. Positive behavior includes: controlling
appetites (eating little, fasting, sexual self-control), fulfilling needs of others, mercy, good words and acts; and good
deeds which wipe out bad ones.
Self-improvement requires commitment, effort and action to achieve goals, taking responsibility, learning
from previous experiences (positive and negative), interdependence, pursing real needs and not mere wants, a positive attitude,
a futuristic outlook, assertiveness, self-confidence, and self reliance, and contentment.
36.3.3 TAKING CHARGE
Being assertive is learning to take control. A person who has self-control can stand up to the temptations
of shaitan. The following are ingredients of self control: self-confidence, self-esteem, self-reliance, self-discipline, and
self-development. Self-confidence is to know yourself, your strengths and weaknesses, to be comfortable with what you are,
and to be psychologically secure. Psychological security raises self-esteem. Self-help and self-improvement are in essence
taking charge of your life, relying on yourself in solving problems, and taking the initiative to improve. Self discipline
is needed for success and consists of control of whims and emotions, sticking to goals, acting according to long-term and
not short-term interests, avoiding impulsive acts, following the head and not the emotions, and trusting your instincts. An
entrepreneurial attitude requires initiative, optimism, self-confidence, creativity, taking calculated risks, looking for
and exploiting opportunities, perseverance and determination.
36.3.4 SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
Social development starts with selection of a spouse and starting a family. It involves learning to
develop social networks and taking social responsibilities in the community.
36.3.5 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
The factors behind professional success are a good basic education, postgraduate training, apprenticeship
to a good mentor, setting goals and a time frame to achieve them, adopting a growth strategy, delivering quality results in
the work and not seeking cheap publicity. Professional networking involves identification of strategic partners for mutual
benefit and not manipulating or exploitation. The networking starts within Muslim circles and extends to the wider professional
and social circles. Nurturing contacts is very important otherwise they get lost. Economic empowerment should have the objective
of eventual self-employment. A long-term development plan must be made. Putting
side some of the monthly earnings for asset accumulation and investment ensures financial stability and expansion of the Muslim