Imām Sufyān al-Thawrī on ورع (scrupulousnes)

I have found, and you must not believe otherwise

that scrupulousness applies to every small coin.

If you find a coin, but leave it alone,

then know that you are a Muslim of piety.

[Extracted from The Seventy-Seven Branches of Faith, Imam al-Qazwini’s abridgement of Imam al-Bayhaqi’s شعب الإيمان (Shu‘ab al-Imān), translated by Shaykh Abdal-Hakim Murad, Quilliam Press, London, 1990]

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