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Inner vs Public

How many of us wouldn't be embarrassed if all our thoughts and feelings - stinginess, grudges, jealousy, hatred etc.- were to be exposed to public? Most of us would probably be. But there are some lucky people who have purified their hearts so much that their 'inner world' is better than their public self. Can we be like them?

Al-Mada’ini reported: Sufyan ibn ‘Uyaynah, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “If one’s inner self is equal to one’s public self, that is justice. If one’s inner self is better than one’s public self, that is excellence. If one’s public self is better than one’s inner self, that is transgression.

Source: al-Murū’ah 34

عن الْمَدَائِنِي عَنْ سَفْيَانَ بْنِ عُيَيْنَةَ رحمه الله قَالَ إِذَا اسْتَوَتِ السَّرِيرَةُ وَالْعَلَانِيَةُ فَذَلِكَ الْعَدْلُ وَإِذَا كَانَتِ السَّرِيرَةُ أَحْسَنَ مِنَ الْعَلَانِيَةِ فَذَلِكَ الْإِحْسَانُ فَإِذَا كَانَتِ الْعَلَانِيَةُ أَحْسَنَ مِنَ السَّرِيرَةِ فَذَلِكَ الْعُدْوَانُ

34 المروءة لابن المرزبان