1994, Articles, Raiati

The Majority and the Minority /19 June 1994

Some people are keen on being present in other’s eyes, in their admiration, while very few seek to be present in God’s eyes and satisfaction. Some people are eager to be respected for what they show and spend, while others try to respect people through their politeness, attention, and care, without looking for any reward or credit. Some cause distress, hurt, are arrogant and impose their authority and power; whereas some hide until God’s wrath ceases, and pray for others if they failed to advise them. Some offer affection, while others seek affection and they would blame and punish others if they did not give them as much as they want.

Some are present if they are forgotten, and most are present if they are revered, praised and supported. Some fear God, and most are frightful. Some exercise the power of love, while most exercise the power of vigor. Some are wealthy by their poverty, and most are poor by their wealth. Some believe that the more far they are, the closer they get to God, and many think that their manifestation enables them of existing.

Some people eat a lot and drink due to the fear of death, and few do not eat or drink much because they fear God. Few pray for they believe in salvation, while most do not pray deeply because they are content with themselves. Few see beauty everywhere, and most perceive the prevalence of ugliness. Most reveal weaknesses of others to avoid seeing their own, and few hide the weaknesses because they know nothing is hidden before the Lord. Few do not talk much for fear of gossip, while most gossip because they refuse to reform themselves. Most are furious because they do not love, while few love in silence. The irate has no peace, and the meek has a purified soul. Some might think that their furor can help them prove their rights, while some live in an everlasting sympathy for they believe that it can heal their souls and protect others from their anger.

The majority brags because they have no deepness, whereas the deep people opt for silence for they are looking for repentance. The majority entices to control, while the minority chooses to be decent because they look for divine satisfaction. The majority wants to attract everyone’s attention, whereas the minority tries to avoid glory. Many organize sumptuous banquets to be known for their generosity, while others have few banquets, because they hate excessiveness. Many people believe that lavishness makes them more respectful, whereas those who do not spend much save their money for those who are in need. The majority gives to be known, and the minority gives to be known by God.

Many discuss to be known for their intelligence, while those who are really intelligent do not discuss much. Many show their knowledge so that others know they are cultivated, while those who have extensive knowledge do not talk much, and are rather reticent.

The majority is proud of their deeply rooted families, while few recognize the grace of God on them and their families. The majority is fanatic about their families because they are fanatic about themselves, and the minority is modest about their lineage. Most people are tribes, and have tribal feuds, and few yearn for divine compassion. The majority wishes to have a high rank in life, and the minority seeks divine forgiveness to be present in the Kingdom only. The majority is superficial, and the minority is deep. The majority lives in illusions, and the minority asks for the reality. The majority is motivated by the glare of their world, and the minority longs for a glare from above. The majority is made of bodies, while the minority is made of faces. The majority is nurtured by the desire, while the minority is nourished by austerity. The majority is trivial, and the minority lives in the world of meanings. The majority is from the world, and the minority is from God.

Translated by Amani Haddad Original Text: “الأكثرية والأقلية”

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