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Narration of Seeking

Words of wisdom of Imam Sadiq (S) in the book “Compilations of the First Martyr (Shaheed al-Awwal)”:

It has been narrated from Imam Sadiq (AS): 

1. طلبتُ الجنة، فوجدتها فى السخاء.

 

1. I sought out heaven and found it in forgiveness and magnanimity.

 

2. و طلبتُ العافية، فوجدتها فى العزلة.

2. I sought out health and found it in [a positive] type of seclusion.

 

3. و طلبت ثقل الميزان، فوجدته فى شهادة <<ان لا اله الا الله و محمد رسول الله>>.

 

3. I sought out heaviness of the scale [of deeds] and found it in bearing witness [to the fact] that there is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.

 

4.  و طلبت السرعة فى الدخول الى الجنة، فوجدتها فى العمل لله تعالى.

 

4. I sought out hastiness of entering heaven and found it in sincerely doing things for Allah, the most high.

 

5. و طلبتُ حب الموت، فوجدته فى تقديم المال لوجه الله.

 

5. I sought out love of death and found it in giving wealth for Allah’s pleasure.

 

6. و طلبت حلاوة العبادة، فوجدتها فى ترك المعصية.

 

6. I sought the sweetness of worship and found it in not committing sins.

 

7. و طلبت رقة القلب، فوجدتها فى الجوع و العطش.

 

7. I sought softness of the heart and found it in hunger and thirst [of fasting].

 

8. و طلبت نور القلب، فوجدته فى التفكر و البكاء.

 

8. I sought out enlightenment of the heart and found it in [the act] of thinking and crying.

 

9. و طلبت الجواز على الصراط، فوجدته فى الصدقة.

 

9. I sought out the ease of passing the bridge of siraat [in the hereafter] and found it in giving alms.

 

10. و طلبت نور الوجه، فوجدته فى صلاة الليل.

 

10. I sought out brightness of the face and found it in night prayers.

 

11. و طلبت فضل الجهاد، فوجدته فى الكسب للعيال.

 

11. I sought out the excellence of Jihad [struggle] and found it in earning a living to pay for my wife and children.

 

12. و طلبت حب الله عزوجل، فوجدته فى بغض اهل المعاصى.

 

12. I sought out love of Allah   the almighty and dignified, and found it aversion towards sinners.

 

13. و طلبت الرئاسة، فوجدتها فى النصيحة لعبادالله.

 

13. I sought out leadership and found it in advising [towards good things] the servants of God.

 

14. و طلبت فراغ القلب، فوجدته فى قلة المال.

 

14. I sought out comfort of the heart and found it in not having much wealth.

 

15. و طلبت عزائم الامور، فوجدتها فى الصبر.

 

15. I sought out worthy deeds and found it in patience.

 

16. و طلبت الشرف، فوجدته فى العلم.

 

16. I sought out honour and prestige and found it in knowledge.

 

17. و طلبت العبادة فوجدتها فى الورع.

 

17. I sought out worship and found it in being God-fearing.

 

18. و طلبت الراحة، فوجوتها فى الزهد.

 

18. I sought out comfort and found it in abstemiousness and devoutness.

 

19. و طلبت الرفعة، فوجدتها فى التواضع.

 

18. I sought out greatness and found it in humility and modesty.

 

20. و طلبت العز، فوجدته فى الصدق.

 

20. I sought out honour and glory and found it in being truthful.

 

21. و طلبت الذلة، فوجدتها فى الصوم.

 

21. I sought out humility and found it in abstinence [sawm, such as in Ramadan or otherwise].

 

22. و طلبت الغنى، فوجدته فى القناعة.

 

22. I sought out being wealthy and found it in contentment [with what I have and not spending more than I have or need].

 

23.و طلبت الانس، فوجدته فى قرائة القرآن.

 

23. I sought out companionship and found it in reading the Qur’an.

 

24. و طلبت صحبة الناس، فوجدتها فى حسن الخلق.

 

24. I sought out socialising with people and found it in good behaviour.

 

25. و طلبت رضى الله، فوجدته فى برالوالدين.

 

25. I sought out Allah being pleased [with me] and found it in kindness to parents.

 

مستدرك الوسائل ، ج 12، ص 173 – 174، ح 13810.

 

Reference: Mustadrak al-Wasaail, v.12, p.173-174, hadith no.13810.

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