„The final level - of good ethics - is to deal with your enemy in the best kind of treatment as though he is a close friend!“

Understanding Islam, "Morals and Ethics" http://vod.dmi.ae/media/96716/Ep_03_Morals_and_Ethics Dubai Media

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