In the book, The Druzes, by Nejla M. Abu-Izzeddin, Nejla writes, “faith and good works are inseparable, born of the light cast in the believers’ hearts.” Included after is the following passage from a scriptural manuscript titled Al-Shari’a al-Ruhaniyya (the Spiritual Law), discovered in the middle of the twentieth century.
“O believers in the unity of God, people of faith and good works, who act justly to one another, and who in the cause of truth have no fear of men’s reproaches or the tyranny of despots: Know that the light which your Lord has placed in your hearts is the guiding truth in its purity, and it is mercy and compassion in all their tenderness, and in this purity and in that tenderness there are strength and resolution.”The Druzes, A New Study of Their History, Faith, and Society p. 118
Amazing that even though this passage was likely written 1,000 years ago, the message is as relevant as ever. The true meaning of the passage should be well understood, so the following is a lookup of a few deserving words.
Select Definitions of Terms Found in Passage
- Reproaches (noun, plural) — blame, disapproval, criticism.
- Tyranny (noun) — cruel and oppressive government or rule.
- Despots (noun, plural) — a person who holds absolute power, typically one who exercises it in an oppressive way.