Pearl of Wisdom

in his al-Luhuf on the authority of a narrator of traditions: 'Then Husayn (AS) called the enemy to a duel, and he kept on killing whoever stepped up to challenge him, until he had killed a large number of the enemy, upon which he said: 'Death is better than embarking on (a life of) indignity; And indignity is preferable over plunging into the Fire.' A reporter has said, 'By Allah, I have never seen a defeated one, whose children, household and companions have all been killed, as calm as him. The men [enemies] were fighting harshly with him and he too was harsh with them with his sword. He attacked an army of thirty thousand, scattered them in front of him as if they were scattered locusts. He then returned to his base, saying, 'There is no power or strength save in Allah, the most High, the Most Supreme.'

al-Sayyid Ibn al-Tawas
al-Luhuf, p. 170

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The man of intellect submits to what is true and is just in his speech; he shrinks from what is false but opposes it in his speech. He leaves this world behind, but does not leave his faith.

The proof of the man of intellect lies in two things: truthful words and correct actions. The man of intellect does not say something which the intellect rejects, neither does he expose himself to suspicion, nor abandon the help of those who have been tested. Knowledge guides him in his actions; gnosis is his certainty in the paths he treads, and forbearance is his companion at all times. Passion, however, is the enemy of the intellect, the opponent of truth and the companion of falsehood. The strength of passion comes from worldly appetites, and its initial manifestation is caused by doing what is forbidden, neglecting obligations, making light of the sunnah and engrossing oneself in amusements.

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