What is VIRTUE? 

“It is not virtue that you turn your faces towards the East or the West,

but truly virtuous are those who believe in God, and the Last Day; and the angels,

and revelation, and the prophets; and spend substance – however much they themselves may cherish it –

upon their near of kin, and the orphans, and the needy, and the wayfarer/refugee,

and the destitute, and for the freeing of human beings from bondage;

and are constant in prayer/establish righteousness,

and render the purifying dues;

and [truly virtuous are] they who keep their promises whenever they promise,

and are patient in distress and hardship and in time of peril:

it is they that have proved themselves true, and it is they, who are conscious of God.”

Qur’an 2:177

Photo: Wazir Khan Mosque, Lahore by Naeem Rashid (Flickr)

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