Delivered by: Professor Muhammad Faruq An-Nabhan
Topic: On the Role of Self-Discipline in Controlling Instincts. In accordance with a Hadith-saying, narrated by Imam Al-Bukhary, who has it from Aby Hureyra, May Allah be Pleased with him. The Prophet, peace be upon him, once said: “Strong of character indeed is the man who controls himself in wrath, and not he who shows clemency after wrath”.
In the Name of Allah, the Beneficient, the Merciful. Praise be to Allah, the Lord of all Beings and Peace be upon His Messenger, his Family and his Companions.
Your Majesty, Ameer Al-Mumineen (Commander of the Faithful), King Hassan II, descendant of the trustworthy prophet, May Allah glorify Islam and Muslim through you.
In your Majesty’s council, speech blooms and blossoms, and what more graceful speech is there than the Hadith sayings of the Apostle of Allah (Blessings and peace be upon him) in these holy evenings of Ramadan, which illuminate your glorious palace. Your people drink from the nectar of the Hadith, and find refreshment therein. The tradition of the Ramadan lectures is evidence of your Majesty’s faith in the holiness of works and of your Majesty’s pride in Islamic culture which nourishes the souls and sensibilities of your Muslim people.
I am greatly honored, Sire, to lecture on the topic: “The Role of Self-Discipline in Controlling Instincts,” in light of a saying drawn from the Hadith which reads: “Strong of character indeed is the man who controls himself in wrath, and not he who shows clemency after wrath”.