• certainly • this • servant • is • deserving • of • punishment •

Imaam al-Ghazzali writes the following in his Persian abridgement to ‘Ihya Ulum al-Din’ entitled ‘Kimiya’e Saadat’:

“Reform through the Qur’aan is not to be sought merely through its recitation, rather it (reformation) is achieved by acting upon its commandments. The Qur’aan is recited in order to attain its memorization, and it is memorized to be acted upon. The example of the one that recites it but does not act upon it is like a servant who receives a letter containing orders from his master. And after receiving the letter, the servant sits down and reads it loudly, making sure he doesn’t make any errors (in pronunciation etc.), and when he finishes reading it, he decides to act upon only a small number of the orders. Certainly this servant is deserving of punishment.”

[As quoted by Akbar Shah Khan Najeebabadi, in his book: ‘Meyaar ul Ullama’]

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One Response to “• certainly • this • servant • is • deserving • of • punishment •”

  1. al-Furqaan Says:

    Jazaakhi’AllaaHuKhayr Sis

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