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Saturday, October 31, 2009

318 - ..patience and your exertions are wasted.

Grant of patience (from Allah) is in proportion to the extent of calamity you are passing through. If you exhibit fretfulness, irritation, and despair in calamities, then your patience and your exertions are wasted.

Mola Ali (a.s) Ibn e Abu Talib (a.s)
Ref: Nahjul Balagha [ Saying # 144 ]

Friday, October 30, 2009

317 - ... half of old age

Grief is half of old age.

Mola Ali (a.s) Ibn e Abu Talib (a.s)

Ref: Nahjul Balagha [ Saying # 143 ]

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

316 - ...half of wisdom

Loving one another is half of wisdom.

Mola Ali (a.s) Ibn e Abu Talib (a.s)
Ref: Nahjul Balagha [ Saying # 142 ]

Monday, October 26, 2009

315 - ..have less children

One of the conveniences in life is to have less children.

Mola Ali (a.s) Ibn e Abu Talib (a.s)
Ref: Nahjul Balagha [ Saying # 141 ]

Saturday, October 24, 2009

314 - who practices moderation and frugality

He who practices moderation and frugality will never be threatened with poverty.

Mola Ali (a.s) Ibn e Abu Talib (a.s)
Ref: Nahjul Balagha [ Saying # 140 ]

Friday, October 23, 2009

313 - Aid (from Allah) is in proportion

Aid (from Allah) is in proportion to the trouble

Mola Ali (a.s) Ibn e Abu Talib (a.s)
Ref: Nahjul Balagha [ Saying # 139 ]

Thursday, October 22, 2009

312 - sure of the returns, then he shows generosity

When someone is sure of the returns, then he shows generosity.

Mola Ali (a.s) Ibn e Abu Talib (a.s)
Ref: Nahjul Balagha [ Saying # 138 ]

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

311 - pray to Allah for better means of subsistence

If you want to pray to Allah for better means of subsistence, then first give something in charity

Mola Ali (a.s) Ibn e Abu Talib (a.s)
Ref: Nahjul Balagha [ Saying # 137 ]

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

310 - Daily prayers, Hajj, Zakat, Jihad of a woman

Daily prayers are the best medium through which one can Seek the nearness to Allah. Hajj is Jihad (Holy War) for every weak person. For everything that you own there is Zakat, and Zakat of your body is fasting. The Jihad of a woman is to afford pleasant company to her husband.

Mola Ali (a.s) Ibn e Abu Talib (a.s)
Ref: Nahjul Balagha [ Saying # 136 ]

Monday, October 19, 2009

309 - granted four attributes will not be deprived of their (four) effects

Anyone who has been granted four attributes will not be deprived of their (four) effects; one who prays to Allah and implores to Him will not be deprived of granting of his prayers; one who repents for his thoughts and deeds will not be refused acceptance of the repentance; one who has atoned for his sins will not be debarred from salvation and one who thanks Allah for the Blessings and Bounties will not be denied the increase in them.

Mola Ali (a.s) Ibn e Abu Talib (a.s)
Ref: Nahjul Balagha [ Saying # 135 ]

Saturday, October 17, 2009

308 - A friend cannot be considered a friend unless he is tested on three

A friend cannot be considered a friend unless he is tested on three occasions: in time of need, behind your back and after your death.

Mola Ali (a.s) Ibn e Abu Talib (a.s)
Ref: Nahjul Balagha [ Saying # 134 ]

Friday, October 16, 2009

307 - not a permanent place, it is a passage

This world is not a permanent place, it is a passage, a road on which you are passing. There are two kinds of people here: One is the kind of those who have sold their souls for eternal damnation, the other is of those who have purchased their souls and freed them from damnation.

Mola Ali (a.s) Ibn e Abu Talib (a.s)
Ref: Nahjul Balagha [ Saying # 132 ]

Thursday, October 15, 2009

306 - An Angel announces daily

An Angel announces daily: "Birth of more human beings means so many more will die, collection of more wealth means of much more will be destroyed, erection of more buildings means so many more ruins will come.

Mola Ali (a.s) Ibn e Abu Talib (a.s)
Ref: Nahjul Balagha [ Saying # 132 ]

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

305 - While returning from Siffin, Imam Ali (a.s) passed along the cemetery of Kufa

While returning from Siffin, Imam Ali (a.s) passed along the cemetery of Kufa. Addressing the graves he said:

"O you, who are lying in horrible and deserted houses. O you, who are shut up in the dark graves, who are alone in their abodes, strangers to the places assigned to them; you have gone ahead and preceded us, while we are also following your steps and shall shortly join you. Do you know what has happened after you? Your houses and property was taken up by others, your widows have remarried, this is what we can tell you of this world. Can you give us some news about things around you?"

Saying this, Imam Ali (a.s) turned to his companions and said, "If they are permitted to speak they will inform you that the best provision for the next world is piety and virtue."

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Ref: Nahjul Balagha [ Saying # 130]

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

304 - If you understand Allah's Majesty

If you understand Allah's Majesty, then you will not attach any importance to the creatures."

Mola Ali (a.s) Ibn e Abu Talib (a.s)
Ref: Nahjul Balagha [ Saying # 129 ]

Monday, October 12, 2009

303 - Be very cautious of cold in the beginning of winter

Be very cautious of cold in the beginning of winter and welcome it at the close of the season because cold season effects your bodies exactly as it effects the trees; in the early season its severity makes them shrivel and shed their leaves and at the end it helps them to revive.

Mola Ali (a.s) Ibn e Abu Talib (a.s)
Ref: Nahjul Balagha [ Saying # 128 ]

Sunday, October 11, 2009

302 - whoever has no share of Allah (s.w.t) in his wealth and in his life

Whoever is not diligent in his work, will suffer; whoever has no share of Allah (s.w.t) in his wealth and in his life then there is no place for him in His Realm.

Mola Ali (a.s) Ibn e Abu Talib (a.s)
Ref: Nahjul Balagha [ Saying # 127 ]

Saturday, October 10, 2009

301 - the mentality of a miser

I wonder at the mentality of a miser, fearing poverty he takes to stinginess and thus hastily pushes himself head- long into a state of want and destitution, he madly desires plenty and ease, but throws it away without understand- ing. In this world he, of his own free will, leads the life of a a beggar and in the next world he will have to submit an account like the rich. I wonder at the arrogance of a haughty and vain person. Yesterday he was only a drop of semen and tomorrow he will turn into a corpse. I wonder at the man who observes the Universe created by Allah and doubts His Being and Existence. I wonder at the man who sees people dying around him and yet he has forgotten his end. I wonder at the man who understands the marvel of genesis of creation and refuses to accept that he will be brought back to life again. I wonder at the man who takes great pains to decorate and to make comfortable this mortal habitat and totally forgets his permanent abode.

Mola Ali (a.s) Ibn e Abu Talib (a.s)
Ref: Nahjul Balagha [ Saying # 126 ]

Friday, October 9, 2009

300 - I define Islam for you in a way

I define Islam for you in a way that nobody dared do it before me. Islam means obedience to Allah, obedience to Allah means having sincere faith in Him, such a faith means to believe in His Power, belief in His Power means recognizing and accepting His Majesty, acceptance of His Majesty means fulfilling the obligations laid down by Him and fulfillment of obligations means actions (Therefore, Islam does not mean mere faith, but faith plus deeds).

Mola Ali (a.s) Ibn e Abu Talib (a.s)
Ref: Nahjul Balagha [ Saying # 125 ]

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

299 - Jealousy in woman is unpardonable

Jealousy in woman is unpardonable but in man it is a sign of his faith in religion (because Islam has permitted polygamy and prohibited polyandry).

Mola Ali (a.s) Ibn e Abu Talib (a.s)
Ref: Nahjul Balagha [ Saying # 124, Page # 675, Volume # 1 by Allama Syed Zeeshan Haider Jawwadi (Urdu) ]

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

298 - Blessings are for the man who humbles himself before Allah

Blessings are for the man who humbles himself before Allah, whose sources of income are honest, whose intentions are always honorable, whose character is noble, whose habits are sober, who gives away in the cause and in the Name of Allah, the wealth which is lying surplus with him, who controls his tongue from vicious and useless talk, who abstains from oppression, who faithfully follows the traditions of the Holy Prophet and who keeps himself away from innovation in religion.

Mola Ali (a.s) Ibn e Abu Talib (a.s)
Ref: Nahjul Balagha [ Saying # 123 ]

Monday, October 5, 2009

297 - Imam Ali (a.s) was following a funeral

Imam Ali (a.s) was following a funeral and as it was passing along a road, somebody laughed loudly (a sign of discourtesy and lack of manner). Hearing this laugh, Imam Ali (a.s) remarked,

Some of us feel that death is meant for everybody except themselves or it is destined to others and not to themselves or those whom we see dying around us are only travelers going on a journey and will come back to us. It is a sad sight to see that in one moment we commit them to earth and in the next we take hold of the things left by them as if we are going to remain permanently in this world after them. The fact is that we forget sensible advice given to us and become victim of every calamity.

Ref: Nahjul Balagha [ Saying # 122 ]

Sunday, October 4, 2009

296 - What a difference

What a difference is there between a deed whose pleasure passes away leaving behind it the pangs of pain and punishment and the deed whose oppressive harshness comes to an end leaving behind Divine rewards!

Mola Ali (a.s) Ibn e Abu Talib (a.s)
Ref: Nahjul Balagha [ Saying # 121]

Saturday, October 3, 2009

295 - When asked about Quraysh

When asked about Quraysh, Imam Ali (a.s) replied that:

Amongst them Bani Mukhzum are like sweet scented flower of Quraysh; their men are good to talk to and their women prove very good wives; Bani Abdush Shams are very intelligent and very prudent but we (of Bani Hashim) are very generous and very brave to face death. Bani Abdush Shams are more in numbers, ugly and intriguers but Bani Hashim are beautiful, good speakers and orators and very faithful as friends.

Ref: Nahjul Balagha [ Saying # 120 ]

Friday, October 2, 2009

294 - The world is like a serpent

The world is like a serpent, so soft to touch, but so full of lethal poison. Unwise people are allured by it and drawn towards it, and wise men avoid it and keep away from its poisonous effects.

Mola Ali (a.s) Ibn e Abu Talib (a.s)
Ref: Nahjul Balagha [ Saying # 119 ]

Thursday, October 1, 2009

293 - To lose or to waste an opportunity

To lose or to waste an opportunity will result in grief and sorrow.

Mola Ali (a.s) Ibn e Abu Talib (a.s)
Ref: Nahjul Balagha [ Saying # 118 ]