On the authority of an-Nawas bin Sam’an (may Allah be pleased with him), that the Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:
“Righteousness is in good character, and wrongdoing is that which wavers in your soul, and which you dislike people finding out about.”
It was related by Muslim.
And on the authority of Wabisah bin Ma’bad (may Allah be pleased with him) who said:
I came to the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and he (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “You have come to ask about righteousness.” I said, “Yes.” He (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Consult your heart. Righteousness is that about which the soul feels at ease and the heart feels tranquil. And wrongdoing is that which wavers in the soul and causes uneasiness in the breast, even though people have repeatedly given their legal opinion [in its favour].”
A good hadeeth transmitted from the musnads of the two imams, Ahmed bin Hambal and Al-
Darimi, with a good chain of authorities.
[Imam Nawawi’s Forty Hadith, Hadith no. 27]
Nawwas b. Sam’an al-Ansari reported:
I asked Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) about virtue and vice. He said: Virtue is a kind disposition and vice is what rankles in your heart and that you disapprove that people should come to know of it.
[Sahih Muslim Book 32, Hadith 6195]