Greed is Hollow

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ 

Shaykh Shahab ad-Din Abu al-‘Abbas Ahmad ibn ‘Umar al-Mursi (q.s.) said, “At the beginning of the business, I was in Alexandria and went to someone who knew me.  I bought something I needed from him for half a dirham.  I said to myself, ‘Perhaps he will not take it from me.’  An invisible voice said to me, ‘Safety in the diyn lies in abandoning greed for creatures.’  I also heard him say, ‘Someone with greed will never be full.  Do you not see that all its letters are hollow: ta’, mim and ‘ayn?’”


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