Principles of Life

THE SADDEST OF SPECTACLES

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Principles of Life | Al-Risala, June 1987

Prophet Muhammad is recorded by Abu Hurairah as stating that in worldly matters you should look, not at those above you, but at those below you. Only in this way will you be able to appreciate God’s bounty. (Sahih al-Bukhari, Hadith No. 6499)

EGO AND CONSCIENCE

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Principles of Life | Al-Risala, June 1987

From the Quran we learn that man is born with two distinct and often opposing faculties: Nafs Ammara (12:53) and Nafs Lawwama (75:2). In today’s terminology, they are more familiar to us as ‘ego’ and ‘conscience’ respectively.