When we think of courageous people, we don't think of those who take great

risks to show off, to become famous or to receive some personal gain. We

think of those whose hearts directed them, in spite of fear, to accomplish

something great, often times for others. Note well that …

-        though courage is often equated with assertiveness, courage should never be confused with thoughtless imprudence.

-        the mere facing of danger does not make a person brave. (In a fit of anger or bravado a man may plunge headlong into danger; but he is not really brave, for he has allowed his uncontrolled passion to take control of his action. The cashier who laughs in the face of a robber is stupid not brave.)

-        genuine courage is the moral virtue which prompts a person to undergo hardships, face dangers, be patient, and support the efforts of human struggle according to the demands of justice and reason Sayedna ‘Ali said; الجُبن منقصة و الصبر شَجاعة cowardice is a defect in character and patience requires courage.

-        it is not courage to act according to the demands of ignorance, uncontrolled emotions, indiscretion or mistaken enthusiasm.

-        True courage is not the brutal force of vulgar heroes, but the firm resolve of virtue and reason. [19th century philosopher, Alfred North Whitehead]                                                                  {Reflect on the reason Sayyedna ‘Ali withheld himself from killing an enemy of Islam, Amru ibn Abd Wudd who had personally insulted him at the battle of the Trench}                                                                

-        “Every person has his own courage, and is betrayed because he seeks  

in himself the courage of other persons.[Poet, Ralph Waldo Emerson]

-        Courage is not limited to the battlefield or the Indianapolis 500 or bravely catching a thief ... The real tests of courage are much quieter. They are the inner tests, like remaining faithful when nobody's looking, like enduring pain when the room is empty, like standing alone when you're misunderstood.” [Author, Charles Swindoll]

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