Good character and adopting a refined manner in dealing with others is a trusted way and shortcut to winning people’s hearts and minds and thus establish good relations with them, which, in itself a much-needed element in one’s pursuit of success, after the aid and will of Allah the Almighty- No body wins alone or succeeds alone! The simplest and most basic component of good manners as listed repeatedly in the Sunnah of the Prophet is “Smiling” in the face of your brother, beside being itself an act of charity. Abdullah ibn Haarith, may Allah be pleased with him, narrated, “I did not see anyone who smiled more than the Prophet, peace be upon him.” – From Shama’il Muhammadiyah- Chapter 34. The Laughing of the Messenger of Allah. Jabir bin Abdullah narrated that the Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, said: “Every good is charity. Indeed among the good is to meet your brother with a smiling face, and to pour what is left in your bucket into the vessel of your brother.” – A Sahih Hadith, from Jami` at-Tirmidhi- Chapters on Righteousness And Maintaining Good Relations With Relatives. Abu Wahb, Abdullah bin Al-Mubarak explained good character, and then he said: “It is a smiling face, doing one’s best in good, and refraining from harm.” – A Sahih Hadith- from Jami` at-Tirmidhi-  Chapters on Righteousness And Maintaining Good Relations With Relatives. So, smile in the face of others, and invite them to join your pursuit of success. Aid them and allow them to aid you. Be supportive to one another and follow the Sunnah of the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him. Wassalaam, Maha Youssuf Posted on: January 5, 2013