I love the righteous, though I’m not one of them,
Perhaps I will gain their mediation for me.
And I hate those whose trade is sin,
Though we may both have the same merchandise!”
Fasting is not just a matter of faith, not just a personal issue concerning the individual alone. It is rather a social commitment. This interpretation of fasting is not perceived in other religions. Islamic fasting is a unit which combines worship, happiness and enjoyment in certain cases. It is one of the most powerful and realistic educational methods. That is because fasting is performed in palaces of kings as well as in cottages of peasants, in a philosopher’s house and in a house of a worker.
Dr. Abdel-Wahab al-Messery
Know that beauty is two types: external and internal. Internal beauty is loved for itself; it is the beauty of knowledge, reason, generosity, chastity and courage. That inside beauty is what God looks at and loves in His servant. Moreover, inside beauty beautifies the external image even if it is not appealing, when the person is covered with reverence, sweetness and beautiful manners as much as his soul acquires of those features. A believer is granted reverence and beauty according to his faith, so he is revered by those who meet him and loved by those who deal with him. This is commonly observed as you can see the righteous, charitable and well-mannered man projecting the nicest impression even if he is plain in looks, especially when he has been blessed with keeping night prayers as they illuminate the face and beautify it.