Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Good Character...

Peace, one and all...

Imam al-Ghazali (rahmatullahi alaih) in his voluminous work Ihya Ulum al-Din ('Revivification of the Religious Sciences') quotes the following tradition of the Prophet ( ):

'A man said to the Emissary of God (may God bless him and grant him peace), 'Give me some advice'. 'Fear God', he replied, 'wherever you may be'. 'Give me more', he said. 'Follow a sin with a good deed,' he replied, 'and you will erase it'. 'Give me more', the man said, and he replied, 'When you deal with people, do so with good character' (Quoted in Imam al-Ghazali Ihya Ulum al-Din, Kitab al-Kasr al-Shahawatayn)

A beautiful and profound tradition.

Ma'as salama,

Abdur Rahman


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