Hadhrat Bakr Bin Abdullah Muzni (rahmatullah alayhi) presents the following sketch of a Muslim’s character:
“When you see an elderly person, honour him, and understand that he has surpassed you regarding acceptance of Islam and rendition of virtuous deeds.
If you see those who are younger than you, then too, honour them, and understand that you have surpassed them in the commission of sins.
When people honour you, then understand this to be the favour of Allah Ta’ala for which you are not deserving.
If you are ridiculed or disgraced, then understand that this is the effect of your sins.
If you throw a stone at your neighbour’s dog, then assume that you have distressed him (your neighbour).”
(Source: Awake 2008)