THE PRAISED ONE

Non-Muslim scholars, writers and leaders; what they have to say about this greatest and noblest of all men and women who ever walked this earth. He was the last prophet of ISLAM.

 

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1. “I have studied him- The wonderful man-and in my opinion–He must be called the Savior of humanity. (George Bernard Shaw, The Genuine Islam.)

2. “Philosopher, Orator, Apostle, Legislator, Warrior, Conqueror of ideas, the Restorer of rational belief, the preacher of a religion without images, the founder of twenty terrestrial empires and of one heavenly Empire, that is Muhammad. As regards all standards [I repeat “ALL”] by which human greatness may be measured, we may well ask, “Is there any man greater than he?”” (Alphonse Lamartine, Historie De la Turquie, Paris, 1854.)

3. “Muhammad was the most successful of all religious personalities.” (Encyclopedia Britannica, 4th & 11th editions.)

4. “Mohammad was the soul of kindness, and his influence was felt and never forgotten by those around him.” (Diwan Chand Sharma, The Prophets of the East, 1935.)

5. [Mohammad was] the only man in history who was supremely successful on both the religious and secular levels.” (Michael H. Hart, The 100.)

6. “The greatest leader of all times was Mohammad.” (Jules Masserman, Professor of History, Chicago University.)

7. “The word of Mohammad is a voice direct from nature’s own heart–all else is wind in comparison.” (Thomas Carlyle, On Heroes and Hero Worship, 1840.)

8. “The more I study, the more I discover that the strength of Islam does not lie in the sword.” ( M. K.Gandhi, Young India.)

9. “The creed of Mohammad is free from ambiguity and the Qur’an is a glorious testimony to the unity of God. (Edward Gibbon, Decline & Fall of the Roman Empire.)

10. “The towering personality of Muhammad has left bright and indelible imprints on all mankind.” (John William Draper, A History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, London 1875.)

11. “Absolutely unique in history, Muhammad is a 3 fold founder of a nation, of an empire and of a religion.” (Reverend Bosworth Smith, Mohammad and Mohammadanism.)

12. “No man whose external conditions changed so much ever changed himself less to meet them.” (R.V.C. Bodley, The Messenger, London, 1946.)

13. “The man who of all men exercised the greatest influence upon the human race–Muhammad.” (J.W. Draper M.D., L.L.D., A History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, London, 1875.)

14. “Among leaders who have made the greatest impact through ages, I would consider Muhammad before Jesus Christ.” (James Gavin, Speeches of a U.S. Army General.)

15. “In the person of the prophet of Islam we see the rarest phenomenon on earth walking in flesh and blood i.e. the union of the theorist, the organizer and the leader in one man.” (Professor K.S. Rama Krishna Rao, Mohammad, The Prophet of Islam.)

16. “The lies which we [Christians] have heaped round this man, are disgraceful to ourselves only.” (Thomas Carlyle, On Heroes and Hero Worship.)

17. “A man of truth and fidelity, true in what he did, in what he spake and thought—this is the only sort of speech worth speaking.” (Thomas Carlyle, On Heroes and Hero Worship, 1840.)

18. “The greatest crime, The greatest “sin” of Mohammad in the eyes of the Christian West is that he did not allow himself to be slaughtered, to be “crucified” by his enemies. He only defended himself, his family and his followers; and finally vanquished his enemies. Mohammad’s success is the Christians’ gall of disappointment : He did not believe in any vicarious sacrifices for the sins of others.” (Edward Gibbon, Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.)

19. “The legend of fanatical Muslims sweeping through the world and forcing Islam at the point of the sword–is the most fantastically absurd myth that historians have ever repeated.” (De Lacy O’ Leary, Islam at the Cross Roads, London, 1923.)

20. The sayings of Muhammad are a treasure of wisdom not only for Muslims but for all mankind. (M.K.Gandhi, Preface to The Sayings of Muhammad by Sohrawardi.)

21. “He was the Messenger of the One True God: and never to his life’s end did he forget for a moment who he was! He was one of those happy few who have attained the supreme joy of making one great truth their very life-spring.” (Stanley Lane Poole, Memoirs.)

22. “Those who believe Islam was spread by force are fools who neither know the ways of Islam nor the ways of the world.” (Balbir Singh, Navan Hindustan, 1947.)

23. “Mohammad was an enthusiast in the noblest sense.” (Stanley Lane Poole, Memoirs.)

24. “He was Caesar and Pope in one, but he was Pope without the Pope’s pretensions, and Caesar without the legions of Caesar…without a bodyguard, without a palace. If any one man had the right to say that he ruled by the right divine, it was Mohammad.” (Reverend B.Smith, Mohammad & Mohammadanism, London.)

25. “The Renaissance of Europe did not take place in the 15th century. Rather it began when Europe learned from the culture of the Arabs. The cradle of European awakening is not Italy. It is the Muslim Spain.” (Robert Briffault, The Making of Humanity.)

26. “Muhammad saved the human civilization from extinction.” (J.H. Denison, Emotions as the Basis of Civilization.)

27. “The height of human achievement and glory-Mohammad.” (Pringle Kennedy, Arabian Society at the Time of Mohammad.)

28. “Under his influence people became united in one bond which they knew not. The bond of true monotheism.” (L.E. Browne, The Eclipse of Christianity in Islam.)

29. “Kingdom of God on Earth! God’s messenger serving as the greatest proponent of human brotherhood, His viceroy on earth in the form of Muhammad.” ( Philip Hitti, History of the Arabs.)

30. “The message of Mohammad, Islam, is nothing but a blessing for mankind–The usher from darkness to light and from Satan to God.” (Rev E. Stephenson, My Reflections.)

31. “The noble founder of a nation, an empire and a religion. The unlettered one bestowed upon the world the Book which is a miracle, the eternal miracle and the true miracle.” (Rev. Bosworth Smith)

32. “Mohammad brought an end to idol worship. He preached monotheism and infinite Mercy of God, human brotherhood, care of the orphan, emancipation of slaves, forbidding of wine–No religion achieved as much success as Islam did.” (Sir William Muir, Life of Mohammad.)

33. “Mohammad’s religion reformed all existing dogmas and brought the Arabs ahead of the super powers of the time.” (Dr. Marcus Dods, Mohammad, Buddha and Christ.)

34. “Mohammad was the greatest Executive Officer for implementation of the Divine Will. Like other prophets he knew that time will come when all mankind will become one community.” (H.N. Spalding, Civilization in East and West.)

35. “He laid the foundation of a universal government. His law was one for all. Equal justice and love for everyone.” (George Rivorie, Visages de L’ Islam.)

36. “The Arabian Prophet Mohammad is the founder of a revolution unparalleled in history. He founded a political state that will ultimately embrace the entire planet. The law of that Government would rest on justice and kindness. His teachings revolve around human equality, mutual cooperation and universal brotherhood.” (Raymond Lerouge, Life de Mohamet.)

37. “Mohammad introduced the concept of such Glorious and Omnipotent God in Whose eyes all worldly systems were pieces of straw. Islamic equality of mankind is no fiction as it is in Christianity. No human mind has ever thought of such total freedom as established by Mohammad.” (Dr. Mawde Royden, The Problem of Palestine.)

38. “Islam is a forceful spiritual energy. Its true meaning will manifest itself when it will be implemented on large scale.” (Tor Andre, Muhammad, The Man and His Faith.)

39. “Islam does not set impossible goals. There are no mythological intricacies in this message. No hidden meanings or secrets and absolutely no priesthood.” (Phillip Hitti, History of the Arabs.)

40. “In Islam the believer is a worshiper and a soldier ever ready to go to the battlefield but only for that battle which is waged to eradicate the evil.” (Spalding, Civilization in East and West.)

41. “The Message of Mohammad is not a set of metaphysical phenomena. It is a complete civilization.” (W. A. R. Gibb, Whither Islam.)

42. “The Book revealed to Muhammad is one and unique of its kind. It has left indelible impression on the hearts of humanity. Nothing can overcome its majesty. The Qur’an has given new dimensions to human thinking. Surprising reforms! Stunning success!” (Rev.B. Margoliouth, Biography of Mohammad.)

43. “The Book revealed to Muhammad defines an unalterable guide to individual and collective life of people.” (Sir Richard Gregory, Religion in Science and Civilization.)

44. “The Christian World came to wage crusades against Muslims but eventually knelt before them to gain knowledge. They were spellbound to see that Muslims were owners of a culture that was far superior to their own. The Dark Ages of Europe were illuminated by nothing but the beacon of Muslim civilization.” (F. J. C Hearushaw, The Science of History.)

45. “Greatness of purpose, smallness of means and astounding results- Mohammad established a system based upon true and immortal ideology. (Alphonse Lamartine)

46. The power that created in Muslims ravenous appetite for knowledge sprung from the Qur’an. (Rev. B.Margoliouth.)

47. In my view, Islam is the only religion in the world that will remain eternally practicable in changing times. (George Bernard Shaw, The Genuine Islam, 1936.)

48. I believe that if today an autocrat of Mohammad’s caliber assumes world leadership, he could solve all problems of humanity splendidly. The world will become an abode of peace and happiness. I predict that tomorrow’s Europe will embrace Islam. (George Bernard Shaw)

49. Mohammad never assigned himself a status more than a common man and a messenger of God. People had faith in him when he was surrounded by poverty and adversity and trusted him while he was the ruler of a great Empire. A man of spotless character who always had confidence in himself and in God’s help. No aspect of his life remained hidden nor was his death a mysterious event. (M.H. Hyndman, The Awakening of Asia.)

50. The teachings of Islam can fail under no circumstances. With all our systems of culture and civilization, we can not go beyond Islam and, as a matter of fact, no human mind can go beyond the Qur’an. (Letter of Goethe to Eckermann, Sir Henry Elliott’s collection, 1865).

For the unbiased reader, glimpses from the great non-Muslim minds given in this chapter should suffice to say why I am Muslim. Further discussion of the

subject, however, will shed more light on the subject and I will also explain why I am a Muslim by choice, not by birth.

51. The solution to all international conflicts lies only in embracing Islam en masse because Islam is the only religion that can transcend nationalism. I see, with great dismay, that nationalism is gaining grounds even among the bearers of the Qur’an. I will hope for the day when all humanity will break this idol and unite all as the children of God. (Arnold J. Toynbey, The World and the West, 1952.)

52. Think and ponder! Which person is it who taught mankind the way to establish the greatest society; the society in which blessings descend upon every individual . . . (J.H. Dennison, Emotions as the Basis of Civilization.) [We may here respectfully recall that the Qu’ran has named the Holy Messenger as the Mercy/Blessing for the worlds.]

53. Fellow inhabitants of the planet! Search for the ideal Prophet, who in the 7th century, has shown you the way to total success. (Lewis Mumford, Transformation of Man.)

54. The message of Mohammad is flowing toward its noble destination like a pure, fresh and transparent rivulet. (Johann Goethe)

55. The critics are blind. They cannot see that the only sword Mohammad ever wielded was the sword of mercy, compassion and forgiveness. (Pundit Jai Anand, My Religion, Hinduism.)

56. All religions, save the word of Muhamad, are broken boats. They cannot take humanity to the shore of serenity. (Dr. E.B. Hocking, the Universal Faith.)

57. Islam is the only religion that gives dignity to the poor. (Ramsey Clark, Former U.S. Attorney General.)

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hazrat Ali (a.s) Instruction

(72) Mohammed bin Ibrahim bin Ishaq related to me from Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Saeed al-Hamadani from al-Hasan bin al-Qasim from Ali bin Ibrahim bin al-Mu’alla from Abu Abdullah Mohammed bin Khalid from Abdullah bin Bakr al-Muradi from Musa bin Ja’far (Imam al-Kadhim) from his father from his father from Ali bin al-Hussein that his father (a) said:

 
One day, Amir ul-Mu’minin was mobilizing his companions when an old man, whose face was pale out of traveling, approached and asked: “Where is Amir ul-Mu’minin?” “Here he is,” some answered (as they pointed to Imam Ali).
 
The old man moved toward him, greeted him, and said: “O Amir ul-Mu’minin, I have come to you from Syria in spite of my old age because I have heard about you such innumerable virtues. I see you will be assassinated. I wish you would instruct me with items that Allah has conveyed to you.”

Imam Ali (a) said:

 
Yes, old man. He whose two days are moderate is wronged. He whose main concern is the worldly pleasures will suffer great regret for their departure. He whose day to come is eviler than his present day is surely deprived. He who does not care for whatever reduces from his world to come as long as his worldly life will not be influenced is surely perishing. He who does not pay attention to the defects of his own personality is overcome by passions. Death is surely better for those who are moving to the abyss.
 
O Old man, this world is sweet and green. It has its own people. The world to come is also has its own people whose
selves are too lofty to compete with the people of this world. They neither contend with each other for gaining the worldly pleasures, nor do they feel happy for its fertility, nor do they feel sad for its misery.
 
O Old man, he who anticipates sudden shocks will hardly sleep. Nights and days are very quick in one’s age. Hence, control your tongue and say nothing but the good.
 
O Old man, you should like for people all that which you like for yourself and treat them in the same way you want them to treat you.

Imam Ali (a) then turned to his companions and said:

 
O people, do you not see that people in this world encountering a great variety of conditions whenever they enter into evening or morning? They are either a victim that writhes (out of pain), a visitor of a sick, a person that is visited in his ailment, a person that is dying, a person that is not expected to live any longer, or a (dead) person that is laid out. The seekers of this world are chased by death, and the negligent are not ignored. The present ones will surely face the same fate of the past ones.[1]
 
Taken from Al-Mawaaiz by Shaik as Saduq


[1] Refer to Men la Yahdhuruh ul-Faqih; 4:382 H.5833, As-Saduq’s al-Amali; 321-2 H.4, Bihar ul-Anwar; 77:371 H.1 and 79:301 H.10.

 

Zaid bin Sawhan al-Abdi asked and Amir ul-Mu’minin answered:

–          O Amir ul-Mu’minin, what is the most powerful and influential authority?

–          It is death.

–          What is the most degrading humility?

–          It is care for the worldly pleasures.

–          What is the harshest poverty?

–          It is apostasy after faith.

–          What is the most aberrant advocacy?

–          It is the advocacy to the impossible.

–          What is the best deed?

–          It is God-fearing.

–          What is the most successful deed?

–          It is to seek for that which is in the possession of Allah, Powerful and Majestic is He.

–          Who is the evilest companion?

–          The evilest companion is that who encourages you to commit acts of disobedience to Allah.

–          Who is the unhappiest of people?

–          The unhappiest of people is he who sold his religion with the worldly life of others.

–          Who is the most powerful of people?

–          The most powerful of people is the self-possessed.

–          Who is the stingiest of people?

–          The stingiest of people is he who seizes estates unlawfully and spends them unduly.

–          Who is the most courteous of people?

–          The most courteous of people is he who inclined to the right guidance after he had discriminated it from the wrong way.

–          Who is the most clement of people?

–          The clement of people is he who never becomes angry.

–          Who is the most resolute?

–          The most resolute is he who is not deceived by people in regard to his personality and is not deceived by this world and its seductive matters.

–          Who is the most foolish?

–          The most foolish is he who is deceived by this world although he is noticing the changeability of its conditions.

–          Who is the most regretful?

–          The most regretful is he who is deprived of this world as well as the world to come. This is surely the clear loss.

–          Who is the blindest?

–          The blindest is he who desired for gaining the rewards of Allah through acts that he had practiced for something other than the cause of Allah.

–          What is the best sort of satisfaction?

–          It is the satisfaction with that which Allah has given.

–          What is the most shattering misfortune?

–          It is the misfortune of the religion.

–          What is the most favorable deed to Allah?

–          It is to expect the Relief.

–          Who are the best people in the sight of Allah?

–          They are the most careful about Allah, the most observant of God-fearing, and the most abstinent in the worldly pleasures.

–          What is the most favorable utterance in the sight of Allah?

–          It is the frequent reference to Him and the reverential supplication to Him.

–          What is the most truthful wording?

–          It is the confession that there is no god but Allah.

–          What is the greatest deed in the sight of Allah?

–          It is the submission (to Him) and piety.

–          Who is the most truthful of people?

–          It is he who resists in battles.

 
Imam Ali (a) then turned to the old man and said:

O Old man, Allah has created some people and made the worldly affairs difficult for them. He has also induced them to abstain from the worldly pleasures and transitory wreckage. They desired from the Abode of Peace to which Allah has called them, stood the harsh livelihood and the misfortunes, and longed for the honor that is found with Allah, Powerful and Majestic is He. They therefore sacrificed themselves for the sake of Allah’s satisfaction and ended their deeds with martyrdom to meet Allah Who will be pleased with them. As they recognized that death was inevitable for the past ones as well as the present ones, they took along provisions, not gold and silver, for their lives to come, wore tough clothes, advanced charity, and loved and hated for the sake of Allah. These are surely the lanterns and people of bliss and peace in the world to come.

 
The old man commented: “Where should I go and how should I leave Paradise while I can see it and its people with you, Amir ul-Mu’minin? Equip me with weapons by which I can fight against your enemy.”

Hence, Imam Ali (a) equipped him with weapons and prepared a horse for him. He went on fighting in front of Amir ul-Mu’minin so bravely, and the Imam was highly admired by his fight. As the war attained its climax, the old man was advancing with his horse until he was killed. One of the companions of Amir ul-Mu’minin traced him. He found him killed and found his horse and sword still in his hand.

 
When the war was over, the horse and sword of the old man was put before Amir ul-Mu’minin (a) who prayed for his body and said: “This is, by Allah, the true happy. Seek Allah’s mercy for your brother.” [1]
 
Taken from Al-Mawaaiz by Shaik as Saduq

 


 

 [1] Refer to Men La Yahdhuruh ul-Faqih; 4:382 H. 5833, al-Amali; Sheikh As-Saduq 322, H.4, Me’aani al-Akhbar; 197 H.4, al-Amali; At-Tusi 434, H.947, al-Ghayat; 66, Tanbih ul-Khawattir; 2:173, Bihar ul-Anwar; 77:376 H.1

Self-confidence that gave him the power

A business executive was deep in debt and could see no way out. Creditors were closing in on him. Suppliers were demanding payment. He sat on the park bench , head in hands, wondering if anything could save his company from bankruptcy.

Suddenly an old man appeared before him.   “I can see that something is troubling you,” he said.  After listening to the executive’s woes, the old man said, “I believe I can help you.”  He asked the man his name, wrote out a check, and pushed it into his hand saying, “Take this money. Meet me here exactly one year from today, and you can pay me back at that time.” Then he turned and disappeared as quickly as he had come.

The business executive saw in his hand a check for $500,000, signed by John D. Rockefeller, then one of the richest men in the world!  “I can erase my money worries in an instant!” he realized. But instead, the executive decided to put the un-cashed check in his safe. Just knowing it was there might give him the strength to work out a way to save his business, he thought.

With renewed optimism, he negotiated better deals and extended terms of payment. He closed several big sales. Within a few months, he was out of debt and making money once again. Exactly one year later, he returned to the park with the un- cashed check. At the agreed-upon time, the old man appeared. But just as the executive was about to hand back the check and share his success story, a nurse came running up and grabbed the old man.

“I’m so glad I caught him!” she cried. “I hope he hasn’t been bothering you. He’s always escaping from the rest home and telling people he’s John D. Rockefeller. ” And she led the old man away by the arm. The astonished executive just stood there, stunned. All year long he’d been wheeling and dealing, buying and selling, convinced he had half a million dollars behind him.

Suddenly, he realized that it wasn’t the money, real or imagined, that had turned his life around. It was his newfound self-confidence that gave him the power to achieve anything he went after.
 

The Tailor’s Needle

 
A tailor was at work. He took a piece of cloth and with a pair of shining, costly, scissors, he cut the cloth into various bits.

Then he put the pair of scissors at his feet. Then he took a small needle and thread and started to sew the bits of cloth, into a fine shirt. When the spell of sewing was over, he stuck the needle on to his turban.
 
The tailor’s son who was watching it asked him: “Father, the scissors are costly and look so beautiful. But you throw them down at your feet. This needle is worth almost nothing; you can get a dozen for an anna. Yet, you place it carefully on your head itself. Is there any reason for this illogical behaviour?”
“Yes, my son. The scissors have their function, no doubt; but they only cut the cloth into bits. The needle, on the contrary, unites the bits and enhances the value of the cloth. Therefore, the needle to me is more precious and valuable. The value of a thing depends on its utility, son, not on its cost-price or appearance.”

Similarly, there are two classes of people in the world-those who create dissensions and disharmony, who separate man from man; and those who bring about peace and harmony, who unite people.
 
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The former are generally the rich people, powerful politicians and kings; the latter are generally the poor devotees of God, the penniless wandering monks, and mendicants. The Lord makes use of both to carry on his function of providing the field for the evolution of individual souls. He throws down on the dust the mighty kings and millionaires who create wars and disharmony; and He keeps the poor, pious devotee over His own head.  In His eyes the scale of values is entirely different!
 

PRIDE OVER ONE’S PIETY

Being proud about ones own piety is a major sin. This pride can make all the prayers and supplications void. If a person understands the Greatness of Allah, then he will not be proud and vain at his exertions at prayer. The endowments of the munificent Allah are so great that it is impossible to count His Blessings.

 

Imam Moosa Kazim (a.s.) says, ” O Son! Don’t delay in offering your prayers. Nor should you be over-confident of the acceptance of your prayers and feel proud of your efforts at piety. We cannot offer prayers and obedience to Allah commensurate with His Blessings.

 

Imam Reza (a.s.) says that a pious person from Bani Israel offered intense prayers for forty years. Then he offered a sacrifice to Allah that was not accepted. The person was disconsolate with sadness for his failure. He cursed his psyche blaming it for his failure. He received a Revelation that blaming his psyche and accepting the shortcomings pleased Allah more than the prayers spread over the long period of forty years. For this reason Allah accepted his long years of penance..

Imam Mohammed Baqir (a.s.) says that two persons entered the mosque. One was pious and the other a transgressor. When they emerged from the mosque after the prayer, the transgressor was pious and the person with piety had turned a transgressor. The reason was that the pious person came out of the mosque with pride at his piety and the transgressor was penitent at his past misdeeds.

 

For the benefit of the readers, the translator is digressing here with a tale:

 

One day Hazrat Moosa (a.s.) was passing through a barren hill. He noticed a pious person busy in prayer sitting in a cave of the hill. Hazrat Moosa (a.s.) felt the urge to meet and talk to the person. He went near and greeted him. The pious person asked disinterestedly, “Who are you?” Hazrat Moosa (a.s.) said, “I am Moosa (a.s.)!”

·         The person asked, ” Are you the Prophet Moosa (a.s.)?”

·         Hazrat Moosa (a.s.) said, “Yes!”

·         The person said,” Then ask Allah to Grant my wish!”

·         Hazrat Moosa (a.s.) asked, “What is it that you want?”

·         The person said, “Since the last one hundred years I am sitting here praying to Allah. I don’t do anything other than the Prayer. Ask Allah, what He will give me for my efforts?”

·         Hazrat Moosa (a.s.) said, ” I shall find about it immediately.” He immediately climbed up the hill and called aloud, ” O Sustainer Allah! This person wants to know about the reward for his prayers! Tell me, what shall I inform him?”

·         He heard the sound, ” O Moosa (a.s.)! Tell him, we shall inform him about his reward tomorrow.”

·         Hazrat Moosa (a.s.) went to the person and conveyed the message to him

·         The pious man said, ” It’s fine! Tomorrow is not much of a time!” The pious person was in the habit of going to a nearby canal early every morning for bathing and fetching some water for his use. Therefore, the next morning too he started for the canal but he lost his way and reached somewhere else. Because of the sun’s heat he became very thirsty and tired. He sat on a lonely boulder and started thinking about his death. In that time he found a person coming from the other direction. He waved to the person to come to him. When the person came nigh, he asked him to help him with some water.

·         The man said, ” Where is any water in this wilderness? Whatever little I have is only for me.”

·         The pious person started crying. The other person said, “Fine! What will you give me if I give you a tumbler of water?”

·         The pious man said, ” I don’t have anything. I have been busy in the cave praying for the last one hundred years.”

·         The man said, ” If you agree to transfer to me the Rewards for your prayers of one hundred years, I shall give you a tumbler of water.”

·         The pious man thought, if he lived, he could pray for a further period to get the Reward from Allah. He said, ” I am ready to transfer to you my reward for the hundred years’ of my prayers.

·         The man gave him a tumbler full of water and the pious person returned to his cave.

·         In the morning Hazrat Moosa (a.s.) got a Revelation that the pious person transferred his hundred years’ prayers to another person in exchange for a tumbler of water. Ask the man to settle the value of the tumblers of water that he had been drinking during the last hundred years!

·         Therefore, Hazrat Moosa (a.s.) went to the cave and told to the person that he had a message for him from Allah.

·         The man said, : O Prophet (a.s.)! I have already sold my hundred years of penance!”

·         Hazrat Moosa (a.s.) said, ” Yes! I know. But Allah has said that when the value of one hundred years of prayer is one tumbler of water, then he must settle the value of the water he had been drinking over the last hundred years.”

·         When the pious person heard this, he was shocked and shouted, ” O Prophet (a.s.)! Recommend to Allah to forgive my sins! Allah is Beneficent and Merciful!”

·         Hazrat Moosa (a.s.) got the Revelation, ” tell the pious person! Your penitence of this moment pleased us more than your prayers of a hundred years and we have given to you rewards for a thousand years of prayers!”.

 
AINAL HAYAT by Allama Majlisi : CHAPTER 8 -THE TRAITS-QASAIL

Which of Allah’s Bounties is the first one?

The Prophet of Allah (a.s.) said to his companions, “ Tell me which of Allah’s Bounties is the first one?” Everyone made his guess about the bounties. Some said dainty food is the best Blessing, another said that the children, and more particularly the male child, are Allah’s best Bounty. Alas, when the Prophet (a.s.) was not satisfied with any of the replies, he asked Hazrat Ali (a.s.), “ O Ali! Tell me. Of the countless Bounties of Allah, which one is the best?!”

 

The Prophet’s Vicegerent said, “ O Prophet of Allah! You know better than me and whatever I know has been taught to me by you! But since you are ordering me to respond to your question, I am complying.

 

1.      Of the Bounties of Allah, the best is the capability of invention. When there was nothing, He gave us the faculty of existence and observation.” The Prophet (a.s.) said, “ O Ali! You are right. Now, What is the next best Bounty?”

2.      Hazrat Ali (a.s) said, “ The second Bounty is that Allah has not created us like the flora and the minerals ( mountains, rocks, trees etc ) but He has endowed us with spirit and animation.” The Prophet (a.s.) said, “ Verily! You are right. Tell me what is the third Bounty?”

3.      Hazrat Ali (a.s.) said, “ The third Bounty is that Allah has bestowed to the human-kind the best features of face and body” The Prophet (a.s.) said, “ You are right. What is the fourth Bounty?”

4.      Hazrat Ali (a.s.) said, “ The fourth Bounty is that Allah has gifted the human beings with the external and spiritual senses.” The Prophet (a.s.) rejoined, “ True. What is the fifth Bounty?”

5.      Hazrat Ali (a.s.) said, “ The fifth Bounty is that Allah has given intellect and wisdom to the human beings.” The Prophet (a.s.) said, “You are right. O Ali! What is the sixth Bounty?

6.      Hazrat Ali (a.s.) replied, “ The sixth Bounty is that Allah has gifted to us the wealth of the True Faith and has not created us in ignorance.” The Prophet (a.s.) said, “ This too is true. What is the seventh Bounty? .

7.      Hazrat Ali (a.s.) said, “ The seventh Bounty is that Allah has bestowed us with immortal life in the Hereafter. The prophet (a.s) said, “ True! What is the eighth Bounty?”

8.      Hazrat Ali (a.s.) said, “ Allah has created us free and not slave to anyone.” The Prophet (a.s.) said, “ You are right. What is the ninth Bounty?”

9.      Hazrat Ali (a.s) said, “ The ninth Bounty is that Allah has created the earth and the sky and all they contain for our benefit and gave us full control of these elements.” The Prophet (a.s) assented and asked,” What is the tenth Bounty?”

10.  Hazrat Ali (a.s.) replied,” The tenth Bounty is that Allah has created us men and superior to women.” The Prophet (a.s.) asked” O Ali! Tell about more Bounties of Allah!”

 

Hazrat Ali (a.s.) said, “ O Allah’s choicest of creations! The Bounties of Allah are uncountable. My entire life shall be insufficient to enumerate them..” The Prophet (a.s.) said, “ O Ali! Truly, you are the inheritor of the knowledge! Whosoever follows you will be on the Right Path. Your friends shall find Deliverance! Your enemies and adversaries shall be deprived of the rewards on the Day of Judgement!” Then he (a.s.) said, “ the way to achieve nearness of the Creator is to talk more of Him. The best prayer is the supplication of the pious person!” Hazrat Ali A.s.) said, “ I don’t worship Allah with the desire for the Heaven nor for the fear of the Hell! I Worship Him because I found Him deserving of Worship!”

 

This is the stage of Divine Understanding when even if the supplicant is sent to the Hell, he will continue with his supplication unmindful of the Hell Fire!

 

If someone questions that when at the height of piety Heaven and Hell have no relevance for the pious, then how is it that the prophets and the Infallible persons always expressed wish for the Heaven and deliverance from the Hell in their supplications? 

 

The fact is that Heaven has different connotations in its intrinsic and apparent aspects. Its fruits, for example, have different tastes for different individuals to suit every individual palate. For some the taste might be just good and for the others because of their profound faith, there will be the feeling of spiritual happiness.

 

For example: If a king serves food to a commoner from his royal table, the person would relish the delicacies doubly because he is getting the honour of having food on the royal table and the food that is out of the ordinary for him. When the same food is served to a nobleman, he too would enjoy eating it. But it would not be anything out of the ordinary for him that he gets the same food every day on his own table. However he cherishes the honour of sharing the table with his monarch! The prophets too pray for the Heaven that it would enhance their status in the eyes of the Creator and not for any physical comfort! When they crave safety from the Hell, it is not from the fear of the Fire but to prevent themselves from the displeasure of Allah! Hazrat Ali (a.s.) has said in one of his supplications, “ O Creator! I can have forbearance when You  punish me but how could I bear separation from You. The heat of the Fire of the Hell can be bearable for me but how could I bear the heat of the fire of separation from you! .  

AINAL HAYAT by Allama Majlisi : CHAPTER 2 -THE STEPS 3 – CONDITIONS  FOR PRAYERS

 

EIGHT LIES OF A MOTHER

 
This story begins when I was a child: I was born poor. Often we hadn’t enough to eat. Whenever we had some food, Mother often gave me her portion of rice. While she was transferring her rice into my bowl, she would say “Eat this rice, son! I’m not hungry.” This was Mother’s First Lie.
 
As I grew, Mother gave up her spare time to fish in a river near our house; she hoped that from the fish she caught, she could give me a little bit more nutritious food for my growth. Once she had caught just two fish, she would make fish soup. While I was eating the soup, mother would sit beside me and eat the what was still left on the bone of the fish I had eaten, My heart was touched when I saw it. Once I gave the other fish to her on my chopstick but she immediately refused it and said, “Eat this fish, son! I don’t really like fish.”   This was Mother’s Second Lie.
 
Then, in order to fund my education, Mother went to a Match Factory to bring home some used matchboxes, which she filled with fresh matchsticks. This helped her get some money to cover our needs. One wintry night I awoke to find Mother filling the matchboxes by candlelight. So I said, “Mother, go to sleep; it’s late: you can continue working tomorrow morning.” Mother smiled and said “Go to sleep, son! I’m not tired.”   This was Mother’s Third Lie
 
When I had to sit my Final Examination, Mother accompanied me. After dawn, Mother waited for me for hours in the heat of the sun. When the bell rang, I ran to meet her..  Mother embraced me and poured me a glass of tea that she had prepared in a thermos. The tea was not as strong as my Mother’s love, Seeing Mother covered with perspiration, I at once gave her my glass and asked her to drink too. Mother said “Drink, son! I’m not thirsty!”.   This was Mother’s Fourth Lie.
After Father’s death, Mother had to play the role of a single parent. She held on to her former job; she had to fund our needs alone. Our family’s life was more complicated.  We suffered from starvation. Seeing our family’s condition worsening, my kind Uncle who lived near my house came to help us solve our problems big and small.   Our other neighbors saw that we were poverty stricken so they often advised my mother to marry again. But Mother refused to remarry saying “I don’t need love.”  This was Mother’s Fifth Lie.
After I had finished my studies and gotten a job, it was time for my old Mother to retire but she carried on going to the market every morning just to sell a few vegetables. I kept sending her money but she was steadfast and  even sent the money back to me. She said, “I have enough money.”   That was Mother’s Sixth Lie.
 
I continued my part-time studies for my Master’s Degree. Funded by the American Corporation for which I worked, I succeeded in my studies. With a big jump in my salary, I decided to bring Mother to enjoy life in America but Mother didn’t want to bother her son; she said to me “I’m not used to  high living.”   That was Mother’s Seventh Lie
 
In her dotage, Mother was attacked by cancer and had to be hospitalized. Now living far across the ocean, I went home to visit Mother who was bedridden after an operation. Mother tried to smile but I was heartbroken because she was so thin and feeble but Mother said, “Don’t cry, son!  I’m not in pain.”   That was Mother’s Eighth Lie.
 
Telling me this, her eighth lie, she died.
 YES, MOTHER WAS AN ANGEL!
 
 M – O – T – H – E – R
 “M”        is for the Million things she gave me,
“O”         means Only that she’s growing old,
“T”          is for the Tears she shed to save me,
“H”          is for her Heart of  gold,
“E”          is for her Eyes with love-light shining in them,
“R”          means Right, and right she’ll always be, Put them all together, they spell “MOTHER” a word that means the world to me.
 
For those of you who are lucky to be still blessed with your Mom’s presence on Earth, this story is beautiful. For those who aren’t so blessed, this is even more beautiful.

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