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What things do you base your work on?

It was asked from Imam Sadiq (S): “What things do you base your work on?”

He stated: “On four basis.  [First,] I knew someone else will not do my deed [for me] so I strived [to do it myself].  [Second,] I knew that God is aware of me so I was ashamed [literally: hayaa] of doing wrong things [and therefore I did not do them].  [Third,] I knew that no one else is going to be using [literally: eating] my daily sustenance so I became calm.  [Fourth,] I knew that my final affair is death hence I prepared for it.”


Reference: Muhammad Baqir Majlisi. Bihar Al-Anwaar. Beirut: Dar Ihyaa al-Turaath al-Arabi, 1403 A.H., v.75, p.228.

Original Arabic:

مِن خَطِّ الشَّهيدِ رَحِمَهُ اللهُ قيلَ للصّادق (ع): عَلَى ماذا بَنَيتَ أمرَكَ.   فَقالَ:

عَلى أَرْبَعَةَ أَشْیاءَ:
عَلِمْتُ أَنَّ عَمَلى لا یَعْـمَلُهُ غَیرى فَاجْتَهَدْتُ،
وَعَلِمْتُ أَنَّ اللّه‏َ عَزَّوَجَلَّ مُطَّلِعٌ عَلىَّ فَاسْتَحْیَیْتُ،
وَعَلِمْتُ أَنَّ رِزقى لا یَاکُلُهُ غَیرى فَاطْمَانَنْتُ،
وَعَلِمْتُ أَنَّ اخِرَ أَمْرى الْمَوتُ فَاسْتَعْدَدتُ.

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