Scrupulousness and the Pursuit of Livelihoods
Al-Harith Al-Muhasibi, Adi Setia (tr.)
Kitab al-Makasib wal-Wara'
Al-Muhasibi describes the dynamic balance and proper relation between the outward pursuit of livelihoods and the inward cultivation of the spiritual virtues, such as tawakkul, Wara’ and ta‘ah. He shows that once this balance and relation are understood and put into regular and consistent practice, then the cultivation of the inner virtues is compatible with engagement in the daily life of the world, and even demands that engagement for their expression, and hence, realization, in actual conduct.