Do you know what the greatest kind of freedom is? That is when you do not allow anyone to invade your insides against your will. One may dominate your body, but your soul remains free, and your thought is still rebellious to be subjugated except to God.
Salman Bin Fahd al-O’da
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.
This worldly life is not everything. It cannot be everything while having all those pains and injustice. There must be another empyreal world where all rights will be rendered to those who deserve them, and every oppressor will be punished.
Dr. Mustafa Mahmoud
Don’t look at expressions on faces. Don’t listen to what is said with tongues. Don’t let tears sway you. They are all but products of human skin. It changes everyday. Look instead for what is under the skin. Not the heart either, as it also fluctuates, nor the mind, as it changes its point of view whenever it changes its perspective. Moreover, the mind may accept at present what it denied in the past. Even scientists change their theories.
No, my son! If you want to understand a human, look at his or her action in a moment of free choice. Just then you will get very surprised as you may see a saint prostituting, and a whore praying! You may find a physician drinking poison, and you may get shocked by your friend stabbing your back, while your enemy saving you! You may see a servant who acts as noble as a master, and a master acts as despicable as the lowest servant! You may see kings taking bribes and wretches giving charity.
Look at man when there is no fear to stop him; when caution sleeps, desire gets satisfied and barriers fall. Just then you can see man’s reality: walking on four legs like an animal, or flying like an angel, or creeping like a snake, or eating mud like worms.
Dr. Mustapha Mahmoud
Translated by: Amany Elmorshidy