The Source of Every Disobedience

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Shaykh Taj ad-Din Abu al-Fadhl Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn ‘Atha‘illah as-Sakandari (q.s.) said, “The source of every disobedience, indifference, and passion is self-satisfaction.  The source of every obedience, vigilance, and virtue is dissatisfaction with one’s self.

It is better for you to keep company with an ignorant man dissatisfied with himself than to keep company with a learned man satisfied with himself.  For what knowledge is there in a self-satisfied scholar?  And what ignorance is there in an unlearned man dissatisfied with himself?”


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