Principles of Life

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Principles of Life | Al-Risala, June 1987

Prophet Muhammad is recorded by Abu Hurairah as stating that in worldly matters you should look, not at those above you, but at those below you. Only in this way will you be able to appreciate God’s bounty. (Sahih al-Bukhari, Hadith No. 6499)

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Principles of Life | Al-Risala, June 1987

From the Quran we learn that man is born with two distinct and often opposing faculties: Nafs Ammara (12:53) and Nafs Lawwama (75:2). In today’s terminology, they are more familiar to us as ‘ego’ and ‘conscience’ respectively.

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Principles of Life | Al-Risala, May 1987

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Principles of Life

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Principles of Life

It has been said that when words come from the heart, they go straight to the heart; and that when they come from the tongue, they go no further than the ears.

It is quite true that there are two types of utterances. One is when one says whatever comes into one’s head, on the spur of the moment or to get by. This is an utterance which comes from the tongue. It emanates from the surface of the speaker. That is why it does not penetrate further than the surface of the listener.

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Principles of Life | Al-Risala, May 1987, p. 8

A cow gives milk. This is a universally accepted fact. But there are few who pause to think how it accomplishes this useful feat. In fact, it can produce milk only because it has the capacity to convert grass into milk. It is this unique ability to convert a simple substance into a more complex one which makes it possible in God’s world for it to produce the precious liquid we call milk.

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Principles of Life | Al-Risala, April 1987, p. 15

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Principles of Life

One of the facilities enjoyed in technologically advanced nations is a highly efficient telecommunications system. Of course, telephones abound in the third world also, but the service they provide leaves much to be desired. In India, for instance, one will encounter all kinds of problems in making trunk or local calls within the country. If, on the other hand, one dials a London number from Delhi, one is likely to obtain an immediate connection, and the quality of recep­tion will also be good.

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Principles of Life

With just a few hundred rupees capital, a man from Delhi started a business. He used to buy scraps of cloth which he would sell from door to door. When his business had grown somewhat, he obtained permission to sit on the pavement in front of a shop and sell his merchandise there.