وَاَق۪يمُوا الصَّلٰوةَ وَاٰتُوا الزَّكٰوةَۜ وَمَا تُقَدِّمُوا لِاَنْفُسِكُمْ مِنْ خَيْرٍ تَجِدُوهُ عِنْدَ اللّٰهِۜ اِنَّ اللّٰهَ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ بَص۪يرٌ

“Establish prayer, and pay alms-tax. Whatever good you send forth for yourselves, you will certainly find its reward with Allah. Surely Allah is All-Seeing of what you do.” (Baqarah, 2:110)

As Muslims, we will always be guided by the Quran. When read carefully, the Quran not only helps us improve our morals and strengthen our bond with Allah but also gives us the formula to change the world. The Almighty Allah commands: “Do good deeds!” In this regard, the Prophet Muhammad (saw) says:

 “The most beloved people to Allah are those who are most beneficial to people.” (al-Muʻjam al-Awsaṭ 6/139)

These two messages best illustrate what Islam offers to humanity and how we can change the world for the better. So how can we internalize and practice them? In the stories of people who were inspired by Islam, they all made it a principle to transform their inner world and then the world outside. These are five beautiful stories featuring strong morals that will inspire you to be a better believer.

1) A Couple Dedicated to Raising the Children of the Ummah: Ahmet Kemal and Gulbahar Oncu

When a newly married couple found out that they couldn’t have children, they were both disappointed. However, they firmly believed in Allah’s mercy and continued steadfastly in prayer. They welcomed the fact that they were not able to have kids and thought:

"If Allah did not give us children of our own then we should raise the children of the ummah!"