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The worst people in the sight of Allah

The worst people in the sight of Allah

قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ ص إِنَّ أَعْتَى النَّاسِ عَلَى اللَّهِ عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ مَنْ قَتَلَ غَيْرَ قَاتِلِهِ وَ مَنْ ضَرَبَ مَنْ لَمْ يَضْرِبْهُ.

 

The Messenger of Allah (S) stated: “The worst people in the sight of Allah (the Honourable, the Magnificent) is he who kills a person who does not intend to kill him and he who hits a person who does not hit him.”

Reference:  Muhammad ibn Ya`qub al-Kulayni (d.329 A.H.).  Al-Kafi.  Tehran: Dar al-Kutub al-Islamiyah, 1407 A.H., v.7, p.274.

 

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Death with dignity is better than life with dishonour

Death with dignity is better than life with dishonour

قال الحسین (علیه السلام) مَوتٌ فِي عِزٍّ خَيْرٌ مِنْ حَياةٍ فِي ذُلًّ

Imam Husayn (S) said: “Death with dignity is better than life with dishonour.”

Allamah Majlisi.  Bihar al-Anwaar. V.44, p.219.

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Narration of Seeking

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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What things do you base your work on?

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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All virtues are found in three characteristics

All virtues are found in three characteristics

عَن أبي جَعفَر (ع) قال أميرُ المُؤمِنين (ع):

جُمِعَ الخَيرُ كُلُهُ في ثَلاثِ خِصالٍ: النَّظَرُ و السُّكوتُ وَ الكَلامُ. وَ كُلُّ نَظَرٍ لَيسَ فيهِ اعتِبارٌ، فَهُوَ سَهوٌ. و كُلُّ سُكوتٍ لَيسَ فيهِ فِكرٌ، فَهُوَ غَفلَةٌ. وَ كُلُّ كَلامٍ لَيسَ فيهِ ذِكرٌ، فَهُوَ لَغوٌ. و طوبَى لِمَن كانَ نَظَرُهُ عِبرَةً وَ سُكوتُهُ فِكرَةً وَ كَلامُهُ ذِكراً وَ بَكَى علَى خَطيئَتِهِ وَ أمِنَ النّاسُ شَرَّهُ.

 

شیخ صدوق.  ثواب الأعمال و عقاب الأعمال.  قم: دار الشریف الرضی للنشر، 1406 هـ.ق.، ص.177-178.

 

It was narrated from Imam Baqir (AS) who said the Commander of the Faithful [Imam Ali (AS)] stated: All virtues are found in three characteristics, looking, silence and talking.  Any [act of] looking that does not contain a lesson [in it] is a [useless] distraction; any silence that is not for the purpose of thinking is negligence and slackness and any talking in which [one way or another] there is no remembrance of God is idle talk.  Blessed is the one whose [act of] looking is for [the purpose of learning] a lesson, whose silence is for thinking and whose talking is for [the purpose of] remembering God.  He/she cries over their sins and people are safe from their vice.

Reference: Sheikh Saduq.  Thawaab al-`Amaal wa `Iqaab al-`Amaal.  Qom: Dar al-Sharif al-Radi li-nNashr, 1406 A.H., pp.177-178.

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