Pearl of Wisdom

when 'Abdullah b. Sinan asked him, 'Is man better or the angels?', replied, 'The Commander of the Faithful (AS) said, 'Allah, the Exalted, gave the angels intellect without desire, He gave the beasts desire without intellect, and He gave both to the sons of Adam. So a man whose intellect prevails over his desire is better than the angels whilst a man whose desire prevails over his intellect is worse that the beasts.'

Imam Ja'far ibn Muhammad al-Sadiq [as]
Bihar al-Anwar, v. 60, p. 299, no. 5

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