There are bad people in all cultures, religions, countries (premise 1). BUT, the real question is when do people show badness and under what situation (premise 2)? I cannot say premise 1 equally for all cultures, countries and religions in relation to premise 2. This mismatch takes some people way over other in terms of goodness. For example, in a medical setting people (employees) of certain culture, religion or country behaving racially or xenophobic can't be equated with people of another culture, country or religion behaving same but in a different setting i.e. street vendor. So, we must always judge a culture, race or country by how its elites, upper class, professionals behave i.e. Those who had an opportunity to education (proper) and decency. This piece of writing is for the upbringing of Muslims so they excel being the best of nations in line with Quran 3:110. Aspects of Muslim Character Muslim character is both individual and collective. Individual is when you alone as a Muslim interact with world and collective is when you as part of the political unity or Islamic group related to any Islamic cause interact with world, or as part of a Muslim group in any halal activity. We will discuss the character of Muslim for both existences. All these are established on basis of texts of Quran, Sunnah and Ahl Bayt through individual or collective semantics.
Before we begin to change the landscape of Islamic Ummah in their varied existence in economy, spirituality, society, political, financial or even military we need to change our individua minds and selves. This is both part of building a strong human capital. Without strong morality only a morally bankrupt human capital in produced which are easy to fall in any form of crimes.
Even though many western countries excel in law and order, but the lack of moral education and moral importance is bringing the legal system and security apparatus on the brink of breaking point. Morality is the backbone of a nation. Islam thus emphasized both individual and collective development.
Islamic Self Development Rules
Speak truth except in cases allowed by Shariah
Be sincere in your dealing and expression with everyone except in state of war against enemies
Earn honestly and practice honesty
Whatever halal act you do give your best efforts in it to perfect it
Don’t flirt with male or female
Be loyal to your husband and wife
Respect your parents but don’t let this respect do injustice or be unfair to someone
Observe and learn first, the textually established halal, wajib and haram even in little things and know the exceptions
Avoid anger and outburst
Practice humility in action and speech
Enjoy the world as permitted by Sharia but do not lose yourself in it
Don't look down on people neither give them your blind trust and faith
Treat the practicing Muslim with self-sacrifice and the non-Muslim with fairness
Be charitable even in buying or selling
Don't backbite unless it be to warn about someone's evil and neither spread rumors without verification through trustable sources
Don't exploit the ignorant for your own benefit but be helpful in guiding the lost and ignorant
Avoid greed, vice and wastage
Make things easy for the weak and helpless but help them to be righteous and just also
Observe shariah compliant descent clothing and sharia compliant hijab if you are woman
Continue to learn Quran every day by exegesis
Be satisfied by your halal ability of consumption and don't greed and despair for those who have more wealth than you rather see those who have less than you and remember this life is a journey to the eternal abode with God
Strive towards acquirement of beneficial knowledge in the halal and least troublesome way possible when possible
Don't be astonished by the prevalence of haram
Be cautious when you decide on something and determine whether it will harm someone or help someone, and if both, then see which is more: Harm or benefit.
Shun nationalism, racism, tribalism, secularism and aristocracy starting in your mind, belief and words, and then action when opportunities arise
Believe in the absolute sovereignty of God and His legislation through Shariah law
Support the mujahideen, the resistance against tyranny by your faith in them, by finance if possible, by your knowledge and skills if possible and by your own life if possible
Resist and reject the hypocrites and enemies against the Islamic Ummah and Islam. Our enemies, as Quran determined, are by their ideologies and actions in accordance with it and not by religion, race, gender, color or class.
Do not support those who call the sovereignty of man over God
Participate in Jihad by tongue, mind, or finance and if conditions demand, by your life against those who actively and aggressively seek to undermine through injustice, sanctions, propaganda, exploitation and war shariah law or Muslims and also oppressed non-Muslims if needed or the environment or the creatures God has created.
Respect the contract you have entered with the people on fair and equitable grounds
Help each other, your fellow Muslim brothers in good and piety through Islamic empowerment i.e. empowerment of Islamic values, Islamic economy, Muslim demography
Deal with, help or support non-Muslim without harming or negating the Islamic values, Muslim interests or economy.
No tolerance in throwing Islamic values and Shariah law behind your back especially in Muslim countries
Learn the biography of Imam Hussein
Be creative and inquisitive to make the material life of Muslims specially, and people in general easier and convenient
Help Muslims in building matrimonial and friendly relationship and, spread and empower Islamic solidarity through charitable acts among the believers thereby creating trust among the believers. Any help to a believer is a charity.
Advice your believing brother/sister in private and do not criticize him or her in public but if you do need to criticize in public then do hypothetically or to an imaginary group or person.