Friday, 16 December 2016

Book Notes: "The Book of Hadith" translated by Charles Le Gai Eaton

The Book of Hadith: Sayings of the Prophet Muhammad from the Mishkat Al MasabihThe Book of Hadith: Sayings of the Prophet Muhammad from the Mishkat Al Masabih by Charles Le Gai Eaton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Like all religious works, there is much debate over what should and should not be in the text. This work includes translations and the original Arabic text, and is well-regarded. I took copious notes from the Book of Hadith, but these resonate most:
- "If anyone travels a path in search of knowledge, God will conduct him through one of the paths of Paradise" (p. 11).
- "Be in the world as though you were a stranger or a passing traveler" (p. 41).
- "Do not curse time, for God is time!" (p. 100).
- "Beware of envy! Envy devours good deeds just as fire devours firewood" (p. 112).
- "A person keeps saying 'Mine, mine!' But what is theirs but three things? What he's eaten and consumed, what he's worn and worn out, what he's given and that is what endures. Everything else is fleeting and must be given up eventually to others" (p. 117).
A real eye-opener. As the sheikh in Amman said to me "You must read widely, and read for yourself. Do not believe what others tell you, listen only to God".

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