He distanced himself from the obscenities and bad habits of the jahiliyyah. He outshone everyone in manliness, character, modesty, truthfulness, and trustworthiness. He earned respect and the name trustworthy. He respected family ties and shared the burdens of others. He honored his guests and demonstrated piety and fear of Allah. He always provided his own food and was content with simple meals.
When he was about fourteen years old, he learned about war and about horsemanship and chivalry during tribal encounters.