Glimpses into the Lives of Pious Women (Volume 1)
Throughout history, people have inhabited different regions of the world, spoken different languages, experienced different cultures and witnessed different spectacles. However, all people, from all places and times, eventually and ultimately arrived at the same conclusion – physical beauty is only skin deep, while true beauty resides within the heart of an individual.
The French have a proverb that states, “Beauty without virtue is like a flower without fragrance.” Likewise, the Burmese say, “Good character is the true beauty that never fades.” Similarly, the Chinese have a saying, “If there is light in the soul, there will be beauty in the person.”
All these proverbs are diverse in their origins but concur on the same point – true beauty lies in cultivating good character and praiseworthy traits.
As Muslims, our leader in life, and in the afterlife, is Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) – the pinnacle of perfection from all of Allah Ta‘ala’s creation who was the very embodiment of both inner and outer beauty. Through following his guidance and his blessed way, we will be able to imbibe those values and qualities that will bring true beauty to our hearts and souls.