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The Muslim does not consider Ihsan - meaning to do things in the best possible manner - to be merely a virtuous trait that beautifies character. Rather he considers Ihsan to be part of his creed and a major part of his Islam, since the religion of Islam is founded upon three matters: faith, Islam and Ihsan.
Friday Sermon from the Prophet's Mosque in Madina, on 7 Dhul-Hijjah 1421AH:...having the privilege of seeing the Gracious Countenance of Allah on the last day is a suitable reward for Ihsaan (i.e. good deeds) because ihsaan means to worship Allah in this world as if one sees Him...
The Messenger of Allah (sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam) said: Islaam is to testify that there is no deity worthy of worship but Allah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, to perform prayers, to give zakaah, to fast in Ramadaan, and to make the pilgrimage to the House if you are able to do so.