How should we understand the rule, ‘the beauty of a person’s soul is reflected on the outside’?

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How should we understand the rule, ‘the beauty of a person’s soul is reflected on the outside’?
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Dear Brother / Sister,

To regard those kinds of evaluations as a general rule might cause some misunderstanding. Some people whose physical appearances are not very pleasant might have very nice souls and high ethics. Conversely, some people whose physical appearances are very nice might be like monsters in their inner worlds. For instance, it is not possible not to be mistaken when we compare a black person with a clean soul to a white person who is as sly as a fox.

The following verse gives important clues regarding the issue: “When thou lookest at them, their exteriors please thee; and when they speak, thou listenest to their words. They are as (worthless as hollow) pieces of timber propped up, (unable to stand on their own). They think that every cry is against them. They are the enemies; so beware of them. The curse of Allah be on them! How are they deluded (away from the Truth)!”

However, it is possible to recognize many people whose beauty of souls is reflected on their faces. We can also see that people who utter nice words reflect their love and modesty on their faces and always smile have a nice soul.  

It is possible to evaluate the issue like that.

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