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Pearls of Wisdom

(Knowing Allah, His Greatness and His Grace)


 Imam Amir-ul-Mu'mineen Ali (A.S.) said:
"Having the Greatness of the Creator in your mind would make you realize the insignificance of the creatures in your view."
Nahjul-Balaqah, Statement 129


 Imam Sadiq (A.S.)said:
" The heart is the sanctuary of Allah, therefore, do not settle therein anything but Allah." (The sacred place of the heart belongs to Allah and Him alone. Therefore, keep the love of the world out of it.)
Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 70, p. 25


The fourth Imam, Ali-ibn-ul-Husayn (A.S.)said:
" There is no destruction (Hell) for a believer having three qualities: Confessing that there is no god besides Allah, the One Who has no partner; the intercession of the Messenger of Allah; and the vastness of the Grace of Allah."
Safinat-ul-Bihar, p. 517
( Prayer and Its Effects )


 The Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) said:
" The one who takes prayer light is not of me. No, by Allah, such a person will not reach the Haud, Pound of abundant."
Man-La-Yahduruhul-Faghih, vol. 1, p. 206


 Imam Baqir (A.S.)said:
" On the Reckoning Day , the First thing that a servant will be reckoned for is the prayer; therefore, if it is accepted, the rest (good actions) will be accepted, too, (otherwise, his other good deeds will not avail him)."
Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 7, p. 267


( At the last moments of his life, Imam Sadiq (A.S.)called his relations and companions and told them):
 "Verily, our intercession never reaches the one who takes prayers lightly."
Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 82, p. 236


 Imam Baqir, the fifth Imam, (A.S.)said:
" There are ten things that when a person meets Allah, the Almighty and Glorious, with them, he will enter Heaven: 1. Confessing that there is no god besides Allah, 2. And that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah. 3. Acknowledging what has come down to the Prophet (p.b.u.h.) from Allah (the Qur'an). 4. Establighing regular prayers. 5. Giving alms. 6. Fasting in Ramadan. 7. Performing the Pilgrimage (Hajj) to the Sacred House. 8. Kindness to the lovers of Allah. 9. Detachment from the enemies of Allah. 10. And, avoiding any alcoholic beverage."
Khisal by Saduq, p. 432


 The Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) said:
" At the (appointed) time of every prayer (salat), I hear a caller who calls and says:` O children of Adam! keep up prayers in order to extinguish the fire you have lit against yourselves (by committing sins)."
Mustadrak-ul-Wasa'il, vol. 3, p. 102


 The Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) said:
" The worship done by the one who earns his living on unlawful money is similar to a building constructed upon sand."
Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 84, p. 258
( Midnight prayers )


Imam Sadiq (A.S.)said that Allah (S.W.T) in a revelation told Moses, the son of `Imran (a.s):
" O' you son of `Imran! those who only claim that they love Me, tell a lie, for when the night falls they neglect Me."
Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 13, p. 329
( Piety and Its Necessity in a Muslim )


 The Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) said:
" The most (importants) things that cause people to reach Heaven are divine piety and a good temper."
Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 71, p. 373


Abi-Osamah said that he had heard that Imam Sadiq (A.S.)said:
" Be aware of (the punishment of) Allah, piety, godly endeavor, saying the truth, honesty in deposition, good character, and good neighbourliness. Invite (others) to yourselves (by performing good actions), not with mere utterance. Live to be ornaments, and not to be disgrace of us. (I advise you) to prolong the length of bowing and prostration. So, verily, when one of you prolongs bowing and prostration, Satan cries from behind one and says: Woe! he obeyed and I disobeyed; he did prostration and I refused."
Al-Kafi, vol. 2, p. 77


The Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) said:
" Surely, human beings from the time of Adam up to now are the same as the teeth of a comb are, and there is no superiority for the Arab over non-Arab or for the red race over the black race except for piety."
Mustadrak-ul-Wasa'il, vol. 2, p. 340


 Imam Sadiq (A.S.)said:
" Surely, a little action (of worshipping) with piety is better than many deeds with no virtue."
Al-Kafi, vol. 2, p. 76
( The Real Followers of Ahlul-Bayt and Their Qualities )


 Imam Muhammad Baqir (A.S.)told Jabir:
" Is it enough for a person to (merely) embellish (oneself) as a Shi`ah (follower) by professing love of us, Ahlul-Bayt? Nay! By Allah, a person is not our follower except the one who fears Allah and obeys Him. O' Jabir! Our followers are not recognized save by humility; submission; honesty; praising Allah abundantly; fasting and prayers; filial devotion; attending to the poor, needy, debtors, and orphans who live near him; saying the truth; reciting the Qur'an; withholding the tongue from people except for benediction; and being trustworthy for relatives in any affairs..."
Al-Kafi, vol. 2, p. 74


Sulayman-ibn-Mahran said that he visited Imam Sadiq (A.S.)while some of the followers (Shi`ah) were attending him (A.S.)and he heard that the Imam (a.s), addressing them, said:
" (Behave) to be as ornaments for us and not to be against us as shame. Tell people of goodness, and protect your tongues and hold it from excessive talk and offensive speech."
Al-Amali, by Saduq, p. 142
( Sin and Its Effects )


 The Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) said:
" Do not look at the minuteness of the sin, but see Whom you have sinned against."
Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 77, p. 79 & Mustadrak Al-Wasa'il, vol. 11, p. 330


 Imam Amir-ul-Mu'mineen Ali (A.S.)said:
" If one of you desires to know his standing with Allah, he may evaluate his situation in relation to his sins against Allah; such is his worthiness to Allah, the Blessed and Exalted."
Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 70, p. 18
( Being Attentive to the Hereafter )


 The Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) said that:
the disciples of Jesus (A.S.)asked him with whom they should make friends, and he (A.S.)replied: " With one whose presence reminds you of God, his speech increases your knowledge and his deed inspires you (to work righteousness for) the next world."
Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 1, p. 203
( Companions & Friendship )


 The Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) said:
" Man is influenced by the faith of his friends. Therefore, be careful of whom you associate with."
Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 74, p. 192


 Imam Sadiq (A.S.)said:
" Be the friend of he who may grace you, not of one whom you are better than." ( viz. make friend with ones who are higher than you so that you progress.)
Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 76, p. 267


 Imam Sadiq (A.S.)said:
" My most beloved brother is he who (makes me aware of) my faults."
Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 74, p. 282
( Kindness to Parents )


 The Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) said:
" The pleasure of Allah lies in the pleasure of one's parents (in the case that it is right), and His wrath lies in their wrath."
Mustadrak-ul-Wasa'il-ush-Shi`ah, vol. 15, p. 176


 Imam Sadiq (A.S.)said:
" Do treat kindly your parents so that your children do the same to you; and be pious unto the wives of people so that your wives remain pious."
Al-Kafi, vol. 5, p. 554


 Imam Sadiq (A.S.)said:
" Once a person came to the Prophet (p.b.u.h.) and asked him about good treatment to parents. Then, he (p.b.u.h.) said ` Treat kindly your mother, treat kindly your mother, and treat kindly your mother; be kind to your father, be kind to your father, and be kind to your father but begin (that kindness) with your mother before your father'."
Al-Kafi, vol. 2, p. 162
( The Rights of Children )


The Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) told Amir-ul Mu'mineen Ali (a.s):
" O' Ali! Allah has cursed the parents who would cause their child be disobedient of them by cursing them."
Wasa'il-ush-Shi`ah, vol. 21, p. 290


Imam Amir-ul-Mu'mineen Ali (A.S.)said:
" The right of a child upon his father is that he should give him a nice appellation, train him well and teach him the Qur'an (with its rules)."
Nahjul-Balaqah, Statement 399


 The Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) said:
"Honour your children and train them well, you will be forgiven by Him."
Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 104, p. 95
( Encouragement for Marriage )


 The Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) said:
" The person who marries gains half of his Faith, then he must fear of Allah for the next remaining half."
Al-Kafi, vol. 5, p. 328


The Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) said:
" He who wishes to be cleaned and purified when he meets Allah, should marry and have a spouse."
Manla-Yahduruh-ul-Faghiu, vol. 3, p. 385
( Divorce and Its Effects)


 The Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) said:
" Marry and do not divorce because the Ark of heaven quakes from divorce."
Wasa'il-ush-Shi`ah, vol. 22, p. 9


 Imam Sadiq (A.S.)said:
" Allah, Almighty and Glorious, is pleased with the house wherein marriage takes place and is displeased with the house wherein divorce is found, and there is nothing with Allah more hateful than divorce."
Al-Kafi, vol. 6, p. 54


 The Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) said:
" Certainly, Allah, Almighty and Glorious, dislikes or curses any man or woman whose intention of divorce or marriage is merely tasting the pleasure of it."
Al-Kafi, vol. 6, p. 54
(Worldly Possessions & Greedily Compiling Wealth )


 The seventh Imam, Musa-ibn-Ja`far (A.S.)said:
" The likeness of this world is as the water of the sea. However much (water) a thirsty person drinks from it, his thirst increases so much so that the water kills him."
Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 78, p. 311


 Imam Hadi, the tenth Imam, (A.S.)said:
" People are respected in this world for possessing wealth and in the Hereafter for possessing righteous deeds."
Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 78, p. 368
( The Neglectful Slaves of this Deceitful World )


 Imam Hassan-ibn-Ali (A.S.)said:
" I wonder about the person who contemplates about his nutrition but he does not consider (the food of) his intellect. Thus, he avoids of what hurts him in his stomach but he lets his mind to be filled with what destroys him."
Safinat-ul-Bihar, vol. 2, p. 84
(Greed and Futile Hopes )


 Imam Sadiq (A.S.)said:
" If a son of Adam possessed two vast valleys wherein gold and silver flowed, he would still wish to search for the third one."
Man la Yahduruhul Faqiu, vol. 4, p. 418


 Imam Sadiq (A.S.)said:
" He who devotes his heart to this world will be subjected to three conditions: endless grief, unquenchable desire, and futile hope."
Usul-i-Kafi, vol. 2, p. 320
( The Expected Mahdi (A.S.)and His Government of Justice )


 The Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) said:
" Al-Mahdi is of my progeny from the sons of Fatimah (a.s)."
Sunan-i-Abu Dawud, vol. 4, p. 107


 The Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) said:
" Happiness is for the one who will attend the Gha'im of my Ahlul-Bayt and will follow him before his rise. This person will love his (Gha'im's) lovers and hate his enemies, and will accept the leadership of the Imams from before his advent. These ones are my friends, and are the most sincere members of my Ummah whom I honour very much."
Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 52, p. 129


 The Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) said:
" Allah will raise a man from my progeny, from my Ahlul-Bayt, by whom the earth will be filled with justice thoroughly the same as it has been filled with injustice and oppression."
Al-Musannaf, vol. 11, p. 371


 The Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) said:
" The person who dies and has not known the Imam of his time (Imam Mahdi (A.S.)is that of the present time) has died the same as one who died during the Age of Ignorance."
Musnad-i-Ahmad-ibn-Hanbal, vol. 2, p. 83 & vol. 3, p. 446 & vol. 4, p. 96 Sahiu-i-Bukhari, vol. 5, p. 13 & Sahiu-i-Muslim vol. 6, p. 21, No. 1849 In addition to 25 other references introduced by Sunni scholars


 Imam Amir-ul-Mu'mineen Ali (A.S.)said:
" When our Ghaim rises, the sky will send down its drops, the earth will grow its plants, enmity will come out from the servants' hearts (in order that they live in peace and brotherly love), and savages and beasts will continue to live together peacefully. ..."
Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 52, p. 316


 Abil-Jarud said: "I asked Imam Baqir (A.S.)whether he knew about my love and sincerity for him and he answered he did. Then, I said I had a question for him to answer me, for my eyes were blind and I scarcely walked, so I could not always go to visit him. He wanted me to express my question. I requested him to inform me of the creed by which he and his household adored Allah, Almighty and Glorious, so that I could worship Him, too, by it. He responded: ` You asked a great thing, though you stated a short expression. By Allah, I give you (your answer of) my religion and the religion of my fathers by which we worship Allah, Almighty and Glorious. It is: the confession of faith that there is no god but Allah, that Muhammad (S.A.W.) is the Messenger of Allah, with affirmation that what has come to him (the Qur'an) is from Allah, having affection (for us and) for the lovers and obedients to us (Ahlul-Bayt) and hatred to our enemies, surrender to our cause, awaiting our Gha'im (the twelveth Imam, for whom there is a domination that will come whenever Allah wills), and endeavouring (for establishing divine obligation and lawful matters) and being pious, (with avoiding unlawful things)'."
Al-Kafi, vol. 1, p. 34


 Imam Baqir (A.S.)said:
" When our Gha'im rises, sets his hand (authority) over the heads of the servants, then, he will give them intellectual development and completes their patience and insights. After that, Allah will extend their sights and their hearing so that there will be no barrier between them and the Gha'im when he decides to speak with them, then they hear, and they can watch him while he is in his place."


 Imam Sadiq (A.S.)said:
" At the time of Al-Gha'im (Al-Mahdi) (A.S.)a believer who is in the East can see his (Muslim) brother who is in the West, and vice versa, the one who is in the West can see his (Muslim) brother who is the East."
Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 52, p. 391
Note: Dear reader! surely the existence of the means of communication such as satelites, televisions and the like can be helpful for us to understand this tradition although none of these technological devices existed when these precious words were uttered.


 Imam Sadiq (A.S.)said:
" He (Al-Mahdi) will stay (in a place close to the Kabah) between the Pillar and the Standing-palce (of Abraham) and will call a call, when he says: ` O' group of my administrators and the prominent people of mine whom Allah has stored preparing for my triumph before my advent over the face of the earth! come to me obediently.' Then, his call will reach them while they are in their praying places and at home in their beds whether in the East of the Earth or in its West. So, they hear him with this single call which reaches the ears of every one, and, they totally respond (by coming to him) as well. Then, it takes for them but a moment that all of them gather there, between the Pillar and the Standing-place (of Abraham), attending him (a.s)."
Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 53, p. 7


 Imam Mahdi (A.S.)said:
" I am Al-Mahdi and I am the still-living one who will establish justice throughout the world the same as it has been filled with oppression. Surely the earth will never remain without a witness, and people will not live in lack of a leader.
Kamal-ud-Din, p. 445


 Imam Mahdi (A.S.)said:
" But for the incidents that happen (for Muslims), refer to the narrators of our traditions, (i.e. scholars), because they are my witnesses upon you and I am the witness of Allah upon them."
Kamal-ud-Din, p. 484


 Imam Baqir (A.S.)said:
O' Lord! We eagerly desire that thou assign us in the just, fair Islamic government, (the which is really the rightful government of Hazrat Mahdi, may Allah hasten his holy reappearance). Through his auspicious government, thou reactivate and dearly loved Islam and its followers while thou humiliate hypocrisy and the hypocrite. And, in that period, include us among those who invite people unto Thy obedience and lead them to Thy path of guidance; and, endow us the honour and grandeur of both this world and the next.
Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 91, p. 6

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