Principles of Life

ADVERSE CIRCUMSTANCES

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan I Principles of Life

Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) is now accepted as an outstanding figure in English literature. Yet, in the early stages of his life, he was in such financial straits that he appeared to be doomed to failure. But it was this very financial stringency which drove him ultimately to success.

SUFFER IN SILENCE

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan I Principles of Life

“When one’s ego is affected,” says a contemporary psychologist, “It turns into super-ego, and the result is breakdown.” Umair ibn Hubaib ibn Hamsha, in his final days, gave this piece of advice to his grandson, Abu Jafar Alhazmi:

“One who will not bear the minor evils of a foolish person shall have to bear greater evils from him.”

Both these quotations, although differently worded, imply that there is only one sure way to avoid the malice of others – keep out of the line of fire.