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Contentment as a dimension of human character

Ali, Mohammed Farid (2016) Contentment as a dimension of human character. Malaysia Nur. pp. 1-8.

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Abstract

This paper looks at contentment (qana'ah) in Risale-i Nur of Sa’id Nursi. Nursi described the virtue of contentment by highlighting its opposite which is greed (hirs). He advances the thesis that greed is the source of destruction, whereas contentment is the means to mercy and beneficence. Nursi referred to Qur’anic verses and hadith and gave illustrations and allegories to express his views on contentment. Nursi’s approach to contentment and greed is not limited to personal character only, but highlights its significance to social well-being and to the practicalities of life, the realities of our time and the good advice it can provide for today’s generation, oil producing countries, and the industrial West. Contentment is also important for human character building and plays a role in the larger agenda of Islah and localisation renewal. Nursi’s work stands out for its insightful contribution to the relationship of character, self-discipline, and qana'ah with the rise and fall of societies and civilisations.

Item Type: Article (Electronic Media)
Additional Information: 7146/50689
Uncontrolled Keywords: Contentment, human character, Bediuzzaman Sa’id Nursi
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics > BJ1518 Individual ethics. Character. Virtue
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of General Studies
Depositing User: Dr MOHAMMED FARID ALI
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2016 08:14
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2016 17:29
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/50689

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