How has Allah described the believers in the Quran?
Well, there are many descriptions but there is one in particular which is very detailed:
And the slaves of the Most Beneficent (Allah) are those who walk on the earth in humility and sedateness, and when the foolish address them (with bad words) they reply back with mild words of gentleness.
And those who spend the night before their Lord, prostrate and standing.
And those who say: “Our Lord! Avert from us the torment of Hell. Verily! Its torment is ever an inseparable, permanent punishment.”
Evil indeed it (Hell) is as an abode and as a place to dwell.
And those, who, when they spend, are neither extravagant nor niggardly, but hold a medium (way) between those (extremes).
And those who invoke not any other ilaah (god) along with Allah, nor kill such life as Allah has forbidden, except for just cause, nor commit illegal sexual intercourse and whoever does this shall receive the punishment.
The torment will be doubled to him on the Day of Resurrection, and he will abide therein in disgrace;
Except those who repent and believe (in Islamic Monotheism), and do righteous deeds, for those, Allah will change their sins into good deeds, and Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
And whosoever repents and does righteous good deeds, then verily, he repents towards Allah with true repentance.
And those who do not witness falsehood, and if they pass by some evil play or evil talk, they pass by it with dignity.
And those who, when they are reminded of the Ayaat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) of their Lord, fall not deaf and blind thereat.
And those who say: “Our Lord! Bestow on us from our wives and our offspring who will be the comfort of our eyes, and make us leaders for the Muttaqoon (pious)”
Those will be rewarded with the highest place (in Paradise) because of their patience. Therein they shall be met with greetings and the word of peace and respect.
Abiding therein; excellent it is as an abode, and as a place to dwell.
Say (O Muhammad to the disbelievers): “My Lord pays attention to you only because of your invocation to Him. But now you have indeed denied (Him). So the torment will be yours for ever (inseparable permanent punishment).”
[Surah Al-Furqan (25) : 63-77]
Subhan Allah, what was really amazing to me was that these ayaat talk about the major things as well as the “minor” things like how to spend your money and how to walk.
It’s a direct refutation of those who say that we shouldn’t be “too religious” or that we shouldn’t be too picky about the “little things”.
And what they say is just silly because Allah is clearly telling us that if we want to be believers and attain Paradise, we need to remember Him in ALL of our affairs, big or small.
Here’s a short reminder that discusses these ayaat:
The Description of the Believers in the Quran by Mutasim Al-Hameedee
May Allah make us from amongst these people.