Imam al-Ghazali (r.a.) on "Safar"

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

As Imam al-Ghazali (r.a.) said, the Arabic word for “journey” is “safar” because it does “yusfiru’an”, reveals, a person’s character.  That is why ‘Umar (r.a.) asked someone who claimed to know a man. “Have you accompanied him on a journey that would show up his good qualities?”

The man said, “No.”

‘Umar (r.a.) replied, “Then, I do not see how you can know him!”


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