The Middle Way

Al-Ḥāfiẓ Al-Dhahabī, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

One who laughs and smiles [too] frequently should reduce that and reproach himself until it’s no longer objectionable and distasteful to [those of good character and manners].

And one who who often frowns and scowls, looks upset and acts withdrawn, should smile, improve his character and manners, and detest himself for his vile characteristics.

Every deviation from the middle way [between negligence and excessiveness] is blameworthy and reproachable. The soul must strive hard and correct [itself].

Siyar Aʿlām Al-Nubalāʾ, vol. 10, p. 141, as quoted by Shaikh ʿAbdullāh Al-Bukhārī. 18 Jun 22. 17:46 GMT+3.