Kings have subjects whom he rules and he has people in high positions i.e. ministers, who help him rule the Kingdom. Similarly we are the kings and we have body parts and emotions who are the subjects. Imam Ghazali (Ø±ØÙ
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Imam Ghazali (Ø±ØÙ
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ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂIs that the way to speak to me when I have two servants who are your masters?ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ The Prince asked who were his masters and the Wali of Allah taÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂala replied that they were greed and desires. He said, ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂI have conquered them but they have conquered you. I rule over them and they rule over you.ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ
If we conquer these two bad traits of greed and desires then we are masters over them. People may be kings and have authority but if they are ruled by greed and desires then they are servants to these two traits.
ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂThe Ninety-Nine Beautiful Names of GodÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ by Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali