Pearl of Wisdom

'You certainly know that he who is in charge of the honour, the lives, the booty [erforcement of], the commandments and the leadership of the Muslims must not be: a miser, as he would avidly crave their wealth, nor an ignorant man as he would then mislead them with his ignorance, nor crude in his manner for he would estrange them with his crudeness, nor one who deals unjustly with the distributing of wealth thus preferring one group over another, nor one to accept bribes in his ruling lest he forfeit people's rights and pass judgments without them [their rights], nor one to suspend recommended practices whereby he would ruin the community.'

Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib [as]
Nahj al-Balagha, Sermon 131

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"The mercy of Allah and His blessings be upon you, O Ahl al-Bayt (People of the Prophet's House); surely He is Praised, Glorified" (Quran, 11:73).

In language, majd is glory; when combined with good deeds, a person's own prestige will be enhanced, so he will be called glorious. It also conveys the meanings of manliness, generosity, openhandedness, and gracious conduct.

"Al-Majeed" connotes general honor or abundance of wealth. A man who is majeed is extremely generous. Al-Majeed is glorified to the utmost extent of Glorification due to His own merits, qualities, and actions. He is also great in His attributes, beautiful in His power and authority. Al-Majeed has the utmost limit of glory; His benevolence is great.

Al-Majeed is the great One, the One whose status is Sublime, Who is most Benevolent. His status is tremendous, Whose Benevolence is great. He is Honored, Whose actions are beautiful, and who is generous in giving. Al-Majeed grants His favors to all others, who is Glorified because of His actions, who is Praised by His creation due to His greatness. He alone has the perfect Honor, the vast kingdom since time immemorial; the One Who does not disappoint anyone, whose will is always carried out. Whose Honor is not earned, whose actions are never abhorred, whose benevolence is beautiful, and who gives most generously...

All meanings of perfect and inclusive glory are always rendered to Allah, and all of them combined are but a drop in the ocean of His Glory. Glory is also attached to His prophets, to the successors of the latter, and to the mujahidin.

Allah has described the Holy Quran as majeed, saying, "Qaf. I swear by al-Quran al-majeed..." (Quran, 50:1). The Holy Quran is majeed because of the abundance of wealth of knowledge, ethics, and sublime objectives it contains and due to the benefits it contains; so, it is beneficial for man both in the life of this world and in the life to come.

One who personifies in his conduct the essence of this attribute ought to be gracious in all circumstances and most cultured.
 
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