“…O ye who believe! Fear Allah; and let every soul look to what it sends forth for the morrow. And fear Allah; verily Allah is Well-Aware of what you do.” (Q59:19)
“The spiritual beauty of man is to walk along all the fine ways of righteousness.” (Promised Messiah)
“In the Holy Qur’an more emphasis has been laid on virtue and righteousness (Taqwa) than on any other commandment. The reason for this is that righteousness bestows the strength to resist all vice and urges progress towards all good. Righteousness is in all circumstances a charm that guarantees security and is a citadel for safeguarding against all harm. A righteous person can avoid many vain and harmful contentions that often lead other people to ruin. They sow the seed of dissension among the people through their hasty actions and suspicions and lay themselves open to objection.”
The Promised Messiah (as) further says that man’s entire spiritual beauty is in treading the fine ways of Taqwa.
“The spiritual beauty of man is to walk along all the fine ways of righteousness. They are the attractive features of spiritual beauty. It is obvious that to be mindful of the trusts of God Almighty and to fulfil all the covenants of faith, and to employ all faculties and limbs both overt, like the eyes and ears and hands and feet, and others like them, and those that are covert, like the mind and other faculties and qualities, on their proper occasions and to restrain them from coming into action on improper occasions, and to be warned against the subtle attacks of vice and to be mindful of the rights of one’s fellow beings, is the way of perfecting one’s spiritual beauty.
“God Almighty has in the Holy Qur’an designated righteousness as raiment, Libaas-ut-Taqwa (raiment of Taqwa) is an expression of the Holy Qur’an. This is an indication that spiritual beauty and spiritual ornament are achieved through righteousness. Righteousness means that one must be mindful even of the smallest details of the Divine trusts and covenants and also of all the trusts and covenants of one’s fellow beings, as far as it may be possible. That is, one must try to fulfil, to the best of one’s ability, all the requirements in their minutest details.”
(Garment for Each Other, pp. 117-118)
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