Poem: In Generosity, Be Like a River

Rushing river and wild flowers

In generosity and helping others, be like a river
In compassion and grace, be like the sun
In concealing other’s faults, be like the night
In anger and fury, be as if you have died
In modesty and humility, be like the earth
In tolerance, be like the sea
And either appear as you are, or be as you appear

Received from oral tradition of Rumi, paraphrased by Kabir Helminski.

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Wael Abdelgawad is an Egyptian-American living in Fresno, California. He is the founder of several Islamic websites, including Zawaj.com and IslamicAnswers.com, and also of various technology and travel websites. He is a writer and poet, and has been a web developer since 1997. This project, IslamicSunrays.com, is very dear to his heart, as it has allowed him to express ideas that have growing inside him for many years. Wael is divorced and has one lovely young daughter. He practices and teaches martial arts (somewhat obsessively), and loves Islamic books, science fiction, and vanilla fudge ice cream. Wael is an advocate for human rights and blogs about these issues at AbolishTorture.com. He is also a volunteer with the MyDeen Muslim youth organization in Fresno. Wael tagged this post with: , , , , Read 266 articles by
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  1. SisterZ says:

    In other words, be the best you can and strive for perfection in every good deed!

    Be extreme in generosity, in helping others, in showing compassion and grace, in covering others faults, in being calm and patient, in being modest and humble, in being tolerant. And do this with sincerity, then you will be appear as you are inside! :O)

    SisterZ

    • María M says:

      Masha´Allah, may Allah(swt) made us worth of showing all those wonderful qualities and help us to strive for excellence, insha´Allah.

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