Virtue and Vice
Muhammed Mitwalli Ash Sha'rawi
Before every human being lies two possible paths he or she can follow: the path of divine guidance and the path of disobedience to Allah. Allah made these two paths clear and then allowed us to choose freely either obedience to Him and His Mercy or, alternatively, disobedience to Him and His punishment. Allah – blessed and exalted is He! – only gave us this choice for a limited period in our life in this world. He has not given us any choice regarding any of the events of this world, He only gave us a choice with respect to the path we may take: that of obedience or disobedience.
In this book Shaykh Muhammad Mitwalli ash-Sha'rawi deals with obedience and disobedience, virtue and vice; and it shows these two paths, one of which leads to paradise and the other to punishment by Allah in Hell-fire. He first deals with aspects of virtue in one's dealings with others and with Allah's creatures, and then obeying Allah's commands and then with aspects of vice in one's dealings and in one's character. Shaykh ash-Sha'rawi discusses with his usual eloquence the theoretical and practical aspects of both paths.
Veiling People’s Faults
Trusting in Allah
Correct Behaviour towards Parents, Relatives and Orphans
Man’s Acceptance of Allah’s Trust
Accepting Allah’s Decree
Spending out of the desire to please Allah
Mockery and Making Light of People
Demands of Gratitude for sadaqa
Vanity and Boastfulness