مَا كَانَ الْفُحْشُ فِي شَيْءٍ إِلاَّ شَانَهُ وَمَا كَانَ الْحَيَاءُ فِي شَيْءٍ إِلاَّ زَانَهُ
When my mother went to an Arab country I asked her to find me the simplest abaya. She endeavoured long and hard and came back with something that looked a bit like a black wedding dress.
I hope I’ve finally seen them all - from 1000 synthesised jewels sewed on to cheetah-patterned sleeves to concubine funeral wear.
…We can say that (1) every person is, being tested in this world; (2) everybody provides a chance of test for others, as well as for himself. For example, if an ill-tempered person harms his neighbour, he is failing in his test; but at the same time he is providing a test for his neighbour also. If his neighbour tries to correct his behaviour by his own example, and by persuasion, then he succeeds in his own test, no matter whether his ill-tempered neighbour changes his attitude or not.
By the way, it is for this reason that Islam expects us to perform our duties towards others without caring whether they perform their duty or not. After all, as we are undergoing a test, we are like students sitting in an examination hall. No student would like to ruin his answer book just because his classfellow did not write his own test-papers well.
—Extract from ‘The Justice of God’ by Sayed Saeed Akhtar Rizvi