An Angel or an Animal?
Qatadah, one of the tabi’een and one of the great imams of tafseer and hadith, mentioned that Allah created angels with reason but no desire. He created animals with desire and no reason. So each time a man uses his intellect to overcome his desire, he is like an angel, and each time he lets his desire overcome his intellect, he is like an animal. Thus we see that Allah has blessed us with reason.
[From Ustadh Navaid Aziz at AlMaghrib’s IlmWeek]
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