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Ibn Al-Qayyim on Character: Whoever surpasses you in good character has surpassed you in religion and spirituality

September 7, 2012

Ibn Al-Qayyim said, “The religion itself is entirely good character, so whoever surpasses you in character has surpassed you in religion. Likewise, it is such with spirituality (tasawwuf). Al-Kanani said: Spirituality is itself good character, so whoever surpasses you in character has surpassed you in spirituality.”

And he said, “Good manners itself is the religion in its entirety.”

Source: Madārij al-Sālikīn 2/294

قال ابن القيم رحمه الله الدِّينُ كُلُّهُ خُلُقٌ فَمَنْ زَادَ عَلَيْكَ فِي الْخُلُقِ زَادَ عَلَيْكَ فِي الدِّينِ وَكَذَلِكَ التَّصَوُّفُ قَالَ الْكِنَانِيُّ التَّصَوُّفُ هُوَ الْخُلُقُ فَمَنْ زَادَ عَلَيْكَ فِي الْخُلُقِ فَقَدْ زَادَ عَلَيْكَ فِي التَّصَوُّفِ

وقال وَالْأَدَبُ هُوَ الدِّينُ كُلُّهُ

2/294 مدارج السالكين فصل الدين كله خلق