I just read an interesting quote written by a modern influential Egyptian writer, whose name is Mustafa Lutfi al-Manfaluti. So I thought I’d share it with you.
He said, “The cause of misery one may have lies in the heart of one’s own consciousness. Come to think of it, the person who harbors envy feels the constantly evolving pain every time the one envied is at his sight, the one who bears malice feels the ravaging pain every time he recalls his painful memories of being powerless to exact revenge on whom he hates, the greedy feels the pain when he cannot reach what he craves, the adulterer feels the pain whenever his conscious blames him for his sin, the oppressor feels the same when he hears the prayers and the supplications of the one he inflicted oppression against, and the same case applies for the liar, backbiter, and whoever harbors an immoral or shameful traits.
Happiness is rightly pursued in embodying the virtuous and righteous consciousness otherwise one will live in misery for the rest of one’s life even if one is in possession of all the money in the world.”
Translation by: Abdullah Ibrahim Omran.