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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

292 - Two kinds of people will be damned

Two kinds of people will be damned on my account Those who form exaggerated opinion about me and those who under-estimate me because they hate me."

Mola Ali (a.s) Ibn e Abu Talib (a.s)
Ref: Nahjul Balagha [ Saying # 117 ]

Monday, September 28, 2009

291 - constant grants of His Bounties

There are many persons whom constant grants of His Bounties turn them wicked and fit for His punishment and there are many more who have become vain and self- deceptive because the Merciful Allah has not exposed their weaknesses and vices to the world and the people speak highly about them. All this is an opportunity. No trial of the Lord is more severe than the time He allows (in which either you may repent or get deeper into vices).

Mola Ali (a.s) Ibn e Abu Talib (a.s)
Ref: Nahjul Balagha [Saying # 116]

Sunday, September 27, 2009

290 - When somebody asked Imam Ali as to how he was getting o

When somebody asked Imam Ali as to how he was getting on, he replied:

"What do you want to know about a person whose life is leading him towards ultimate death, whose health is the first stage towards illness and whom society has forced out of his retreat."

Ref: Nahjul Balagha [ Saying # 115 ]

Saturday, September 26, 2009

289 - When a community is composed of

"When a community is composed of honest, sober and virtuous people, your forming a bad opinion about anyone of its members, when nothing wicked has been seen of him, is a great injustice to him. On the contrary in a corrupt society to form good opinion of anyone of them and to trust him is to harm yourself."

Mola Ali (a.s) Ibn e Abu Talib (a.s)
Ref: Nahjul Balagha, Saying # 114

Friday, September 25, 2009

288 - No wealth is more useful than......

"No wealth is more useful than intelligence and wisdom; no solitude is more horrible than when people avoid you on account of your vanity and conceit or when you wrongly consider yourself above everybody to confide and consult; no eminence is more exalting than piety; no companion can prove more useful than politeness; no heritage is better than culture; no leader is superior to Divine Guidance; no deal is more profitable than good deeds; no profit is greater than Divine Reward; no abstinence is better than to restrain one's mind from doubts (about religion); no virtue is better than refraining from prohibited deeds; no knowledge is superior to deep thinking and prudence; no worship or prayers are more sacred than fulfillment of obligations and duties, no religious faith is loftier than feeling ashamed of doing wrong and bearing calamities patiently; no eminence is greater than to adopt humbleness; no exaltation is superior to knowledge; nothing is more respectable than forgiveness and forbearance; no support and defense are stronger than consultation."


Mola Ali (a.s) Ibn e Abu Talib (a.s)
Ref: Nahjul Balagha, Saying # 113

Thursday, September 24, 2009

287 - who loves us Ahlul Bayt (a.s) must be ready

"Anyone who loves us Ahlul Bayt (a.s) must be ready to face a life of austerity."

Mola Ali (a.s) Ibn e Abu Talib (a.s)
Ref: Nahjul Balagha, Saying # 112

286 - Even if a mountain loves me

Sohayl bin Hunayf Ansari was a favourite companion of Imam Ali (a.s). At the time of Imam's return from Siffin, he died at Kufa of the wounds sustained in the battle. His death left Imam Ali (a.s) very sad and he said:

"Even if a mountain loves me it will be crushed into bits. (it means people are tested with my love, and to prove it they have to pass through loss and calamities)."

Ref: Nahjul Balagha, Saying # 111

285 - A Divine rule (Hukum Ilahi) can be established only by a man

"A Divine rule (Hukum Ilahi) can be established only by a man, who, where justice and equity are required, neither feels deficient nor weak and who is not greedy and avaricious."

Mola Ali (a.s) Ibn e Abu Talib (a.s)
Ref: Nahjul Balagha, Saying # 110, Page # 669, Vol # 1 by Allama Syed Zeeshan Haider Jawwadi

On the day of Eid-ul-Fitr

On the day of Eid-ul-Fitr, Hazrat Ali (A.S.) delivered a sermon in which he said:

"O people! Verily this day of yours is the day when the righteous are awarded and the wretched are losers. It is a day which is similar to the one on which you shall be standing (before your Lord). Therefore, when you come out of your homes to go to places of your prayer, remind yourselves about the day when you (your souls) shall come out of your bodies to go to your Lord. When you stand on places of your prayer, remind yourselves of your standing in presence of your Lord (on the day of Judgement). And when you return to your homes (after prayer), remind yourselves about your returning to your homes in Paradise. O Servants of Allah! Verily the minimum reward for those men and women who fasted (during Ramadan), is an Angel, who calls out to them on the last day of the month of Ramadan (saying): O SERVANTS OF ALLAH! REJOICE THE GLAD TIDING THAT ALL YOUR PREVIOUS SINS HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN. Therefore, watch out in those things which serve as your re-creation (on this day and days to follow)"

(Nahjul-Balaghah)

284 - We, Ahlul Bayt (chosen descendants of the Holy Prophet)

"We, Ahlul Bayt (chosen descendants of the Holy Prophet), hold such central and balancing position in religion that those who are deficient in understanding and acting upon its principles, will have to come to us for reformation, and those who are overdoing it have got to learn moderation from us."

Mola Ali (a.s) Ibn e Abu Talib (a.s)
Ref: Nahjul Balagha - Saying # 109

283 - many educated people who have ruined their future

There are many educated people who have ruined their future on account of their ignorance of religion. Their knowledge did not prove of any avail to them."

Mola Ali (a.s) Ibn e Abu Talib (a.s)
Ref: Nahjul Balagha ( Saying # 107 )

Saturday, September 19, 2009

282 - Those who give up religion to better their lot in life

Those who give up religion to better their lot in life seldom succeed. The Wrath of Allah makes them go through more calamities and losses than the gains they gather for themselves.

Mola Ali (a.s) Ibn e Abu Talib (a.s)
Ref: Nahjul Balagha [ Saying # 106 ]

Friday, September 18, 2009

Tanda-Tanda orang yang celaka

Imam Ali bin Abi Thalib (sa) berkata bahwa Rasulullah saw bersabda: “Di antara empat tanda orang yang celaka: dua matanya keras (tak mampu menangis), sangat rakus dalam mencari dunia, dan mengulang-ulang dosa.” (Mustadrak Al-Wasail 11: 366)

Dosa yang tidak diampuni

Rasulullah saw bersabda: “Sesungguhnya Allah membebaskan beribu-ribu manusia dari neraka setiap hari di bulan Ramadhan pada saat berbuka. Khusus pada malam Jum’at dan hari Jum’at Allah swt membebaskan beribu-ribu manusia dari neraka setiap jam, yang semestinya mereka itu disiksa. Khusus pada hari terakhir bulan Ramadhan Allah swt membebaskan sejumlah manusia yang dibebaskan sejak awal bulan hingga hari terakhir. Khusus pada malam Al-Qadar Allah Azza wa Jalla memerintahkan malaikat Jibril turun ke bumi bersama para malaikat pencatat…Pada malam ini mereka mengucapkan salam kepada setiap manusia yang menghidupkan malam ini, ibadah, shalat dan berzikir. Para malaikat berjabatan tangan dengan mereka, mengaminkan doa mereka hingga terbit fajar. Ketika terbit fajar Jibril memanggil para malaikat: Wahai para malaikat, mari kita pergi. Para malaikat menjawab: Wahai Jibril, apa yang telah dibuat oleh Allah swt untuk hajat-hajat kaum mukminin dari ummat Muhammad saw. Jibril menjawab: “Sungguh Allah swt telah memperhatikan mereka malam ini lalu memaafkan kesalahan mereka dan mengampuni dosa-dosa mereka kecuali empat orang.” Lalu Rasulullah saw bersabda kepada para sahabatnya: “Peminum khomer, orang yang durhaka kepada kedua orang tuanya, orang yang memutuskan silaturrahim, dan orang yang dengki. Ketika malam Idul fitri tiba, malam ini dinamai malam jawaiz, Allah swt menganugerahkan pahala kepada orang-orang yang beramal baik tanpa perhitungan.” (Al-Mustadrak 7: 429)

Rasulullah saw bersabda: “Allah swt memerintahkan kepada malaikat untuk berseru setiap hari di bulan Ramadhan: “Berbahagialah wahai hamba-hamba-Ku, kalian telah diampuni dosa-dosanya yang lalu, dan Aku akan memberi pertolongan kepada sebagian kalian pada malam Al-Qadar karena sebagian yang lain kecuali orang yang batal puasanya karena mabuk atau dengki kepada saudaranya sesama muslim.” (Al-Mustadrak 7: 475)

281 - the fortunate people who adopt piety as the principle of their lives and are fully attentive to their welfare for the Hereafter

Nawf bin Fizala Bakali, the famou scholar of the early Islamic days says that one night he was with Mola Ali (a.s). In the middle of the night, Imam (a.s) got up from his bed, looked for sometime at the stars and inquired of Nawf whether he was awake. Nawf said I got from my bed replying,

"Yes, Amirul Mo'minin (Commander of the Faithful) ! I am awake".

Mola Ali (a.s) said:

"Nawf! Those are the fortunate people who adopt piety as the principle of their lives and are fully attentive to their welfare for the Hereafter. They accept bare earth as the most comfortable bed and water as the most pleasant drink. They adopt the Holy Qur'an and prayers as their guide and protector and like Prophet Jesus Christ (Isa) they forsake the world and its vicious pleasure. Nawf! Prophet David (Daud) once got up at such an hour in the night and said this was the hour when prayers of everyone who prayed were accepted except of those who forcibly collected revenues or who were scandal- mongers or were persons in the police force of a despotic regime or were musicians".

Ref: Nahjul Balagha (Saying # 104)

Thursday, September 17, 2009

280 - Mola Ali (a.s)'s garment was very old with patches on it

Mola Ali (a.s)'s garment was very old with patches on it. When somebody drew his attention towards it, He (a.s) replied:

"Such dresses, when worn by men of status make them submissive to Allah and kind-hearted towards others and the faithful Muslims can conveniently follow the example. Vicious pleasures of this world and salvation are like two enemies or two roads running in opposite directions or towards opposite poles, one to the North and the other to the South. Whoever likes to gain the pleasures and pomps of this world will hate austerity in life which is necessary to gain salvation. Reverse will be the attitude of a man desirous of achieving Eternal Bliss. One has to adopt either of the two ways of life, and as they both cannot be brought together, a man has to choose one of them."

Ref: Nahjul Balagha (Saying # 103)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

279 - Your society will pass through a period when...

"Your society will pass through a period when cunning and crafty intriguers will be favored by status, when profligates will be considered as well-bred, well-behaved and elegant elites of the society, when just and honest persons will be considered as weaklings, when charity will be considered as a loss to wealth and property, when support and help to each other will be considered as favour and benevolence and when prayers and worship to Allah will be taken up for the sake of show to gain popularity and higher status, at such times regimes will be run under the advice of women and the youngsters will be the rulers and counselors of the State."

Mola Ali (a.s) Ibn e Abu Talib (a.s)
Ref: Nahjul Balagha (Saying # 102)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

278 - To secure for your fame, credit as well as blessings

To secure for your fame, credit as well as blessings, the help that you give to men in need, should possess the following attributes:

Whatever its extent, it should be considered by you as trifling so that it may be granted a high status; it should be given secretly, Allah will manifest it; and it must be given immediately so that it becomes pleasant.

Mola Ali (a.s) Ibn e Abu Talib (a.s)
Ref: Nahjul Balagha (Saying # 101)

277 - Some people praised Mola Ali (a.s) Ibn e Abu Talib (a.s)

Some people praised Mola Ali (a.s) Ibn e Abu Talib (a.s) on his face. He replied:

"Allah knows me very well and I also know myself more than you. Please, Lord! make me better than what they imagine me to be and please excuse those Weaknesses of mine which they are not aware of".

Ref: Nahjul Balagha (Saying # 100)

Sunday, September 13, 2009

276 - our return is towards Allah indicates that we accept our mortality

Mola Ali (a.s) Ibn e Abu Talib (a.s) heard somebody reciting the passage of the Holy Qur'an "We belong to Allah and our return is towards Him", Mola Ali (a.s) Ibn e Abu Talib (a.s) said:

"How true it is! Our declaring that we belong to Allah indicates that we accept Him as our Master, Owner and Lord. And when we say that our return is towards Allah indicates that we accept our mortality".

Ref: Nahjul Balagha (Saying # 099)

Saturday, September 12, 2009

275 - many people who repeat the words containing knowledge but only few ponder over them

"Whenever a tradition of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.w) is related to you, scrutinize it, do not be satisfied with mere verbatim repetition of the same because there are many people who repeat the words containing knowledge but only few ponder over them and try to fully grasp the meaning they convey."

Mola Ali (a.s) Ibn e Abu Talib (a.s)
Ref: Nahjul Balagha (Saying # 098)

274 - sleep with having sincere faith in religion and Allah is better than

Mola Ali (a.s) Ibn e Abu Talib (a.s) was told of a Kharijite that he got up in the night to pray and recite the Holy Book. Mola Ali (a.s) Ibn e Abu Talib (a.s) said:

"To sleep with having sincere faith in religion and Allah is better than to pray with wavering faith".

Ref: Nahjul Balagha (Saying # 097)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

273 - Nearest to the prophets

"Nearest to the prophets are those persons who have to those prophets and obey them". Saying this, Mola Ali (a.s) Ibn e Abu Talib (a.s) cited a passage from the Holy Qur'an:

'Best liked by Abraham and nearest to him were the people who obeyed him'.

He further said, "That the present times are the times of our Holy Prophet (s.a.w.w) and his faithful followers. The best friend of our Holy Prophet (s.a.w.w) is he who, though not related to him, obeys the orders of Allah and his greatest enemy is the man who though related to him, disobeys Allah."

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

272 - how can the deeds which are acceptable to Allah be considered unimportant

"Importance of the deeds that you have done with fear of Allah cannot be minimized and how can the deeds which are acceptable to Allah be considered unimportant."

Mola Ali (a.s) Ibn e Abu Talib (a.s)
Ref: Nahjul Balagha (Saying # 095)

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

271 - welfare does not lie in your having enormous wealth and numerous children

Mola Ali (a.s) Ibn e Abu Talib (a.s) was asked the meaning of
being well-off or well-provided for, Imam (a.s) replied:

"Your welfare does not lie in your having enormous wealth and numerous children but it rests in your being highly educated and forbearing and in your being proud of your obedience to Allah. If you do a good deed then thank Allah for it and if you commit a sin then repent and atone for it. In this world there is a real welfare for two kinds of people, one is the person who, when commits a sin, atones for it and the other is anxious to do good as much as possible."

Ref: Nahjul Balagha (Saying # 094)

Monday, September 7, 2009

270 - wealth and children are temptations (al-Anfal, 8: 28)

"Take care and do not pray to the Lord, saying, "Lord! I pray to You to protect and guard me from temptations and trials", for there is none who is not tempted and tried. But beseech Him to guard you against such temptation as may lead you towards wickedness and sins because Allah says in His Holy Book, Know that your wealth and children are temptations. (Surah al-Anfal, 8: 28) It means Allah tried people through wealth and children so that it may be tested as to who is content with what he gets honestly and who is thankful to Allah for the position he is placed in with regard to his children.

Though Allah knows them better than even they know themselves, yet those trials and tests are for the purpose of their realizing and knowing those deeds which merit reward or which deserve punishment. There are some people who love to have male children and hate daughters and there are some who simply crave for wealth and hate poverty."

Mola Ali (a.s) Ibn e Abu Talib (a.s)
Ref: Nahjul Balagha (Saying # 093)

Sunday, September 6, 2009

269 - The intrinsic value of knowledge

"That knowledge which remains only on your tongue is very superficial. The intrinsic value of knowledge is that you act upon it."

Mola Ali (a.s) Ibn e Abu Talib (a.s)
Ref: Nahjul Balagha (Saying # 092)

Saturday, September 5, 2009

268 = 100 - Like your body your mind also gets

"Like your body your mind also gets tired so refresh it by wise sayings."

Mola Ali (a.s) Ibn e Abu Talib (a.s)
Ref: Nahjul Balagha (Saying # 091)

Friday, September 4, 2009

267 - He is the wisest and the most knowing man

"He is the wisest and the most knowing man who advises people not to lose hope and faith in the Mercy of Allah and not to be too sure and over-confident of immunity from His Wrath and Punishment."

Mola Ali (a.s) Ibn e Abu Talib (a.s)
Ref: Nahjul Balagha (Saying # 090)

Thursday, September 3, 2009

266 - makes arrangement for his salvation

"Whoever keeps in order his affairs with Allah (follows His orders sincerely), Allah will also put his affairs with men in order. Whoever makes arrangement for his salvation, Allah will arrange his worldly affairs; whoever is a preacher for himself, Allah will also protect him."

Mola Ali (a.s) Ibn e Abu Talib (a.s)
Ref: Nahjul Balagha (Saying # 089)

265 - two things in this world which softened the Wrath of Allah

Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s) says that Mola Ali (a.s) Ibn e Abu Talib (a.s) once said:

"There were two things in this world which softened the Wrath of Allah and prevented its descent upon man: One has been taken away from you; hold the other stead- fastly. The one which has been taken away from men is the Holy Prophet and the one which is still left with them and which they must hold steadfastly is repentance and atonement for sins because Allah at one place in the Holy Book addressed the Holy Prophet and said:

Allah would not punish them while you were among them nor while they were asking for forgiveness. (Surah Anfal, 8 : 33)"

Ref: Nahjul Balagha (Saying # 088)

264 - who loses hope of salvation

"I wonder at a man who loses hope of salvation when the door of repentance is open for him."

Mola Ali (a.s) Ibn e Abu Talib (a.s)
Ref: Nahjul Balagha (Saying # 087)