Saturday, March 14, 2009

Imam Sadiq (as) - Lantern of the Path

The roots of conduct have four aspects: conduct with Allah, conduct with the self, conduct with creation (i.e. people), and conduct with this world. Each of these aspects is based upon seven principles, just as there are seven principles of conduct with Allah: giving Him His due, keeping His limits, being thankful for His gift, being content with His decree, being patient with His trials, glorifying His sanctity, and yearning for Him.

The seven principles of conduct with the self are fear, striving, enduring harm, spiritual discipline, seeking truthfulness and sincerity, withdrawing the self from what it loves, and binding it in poverty (faqr).

The seven principles of conduct with creation are forbearance, forgiveness, humility, generosity, compassion, good counsel, justice and fairness.

The seven principles of conduct with this world are being content with what is at hand, preferring what is available to what is not, abandoning the quest for the elusive, hating overabundance, choosing abstinence (zuhd), knowing the evils of this world and abandoning any desire for it, and negating its dominance.

When all these qualities are found in one person, he is then one of Allah's elite, one of His close bondsman and friends (awliya')

Bondage is an essence, the inner nature of which is lordship (rububiyah). Whatever is missing in bondage is found in lordship, and whatever is veiled from lordship is found in bondage. As Allah said,

سَنُرِيهِمْ آيَاتِنَا فِي الْآفَاقِ وَفِي أَنفُسِهِمْ حَتَّى يَتَبَيَّنَ لَهُمْ أَنَّهُ الْحَقُّ أَوَلَمْ يَكْفِ بِرَبِّكَ أَنَّهُ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ شَهِيدٌ

We will soon show them Our signs in the universe and in their own souls, until it will become quite clear to them that it is the truth. Is it not sufficient as regards your Lord that He is a witness over all things? (41:53)

This means He exists both in your absence and in your presence. Bondage means ridding oneself of everything, and the way to obtain this is to deny the self what it desires and to make it bear what it dislikes. The key to this is abandoning rest, loving seclusion and following the path of recognition of the need for Allah.

The Holy Prophet [s] said, 'Worship Allah as if you see Him. Even if you do not see Him, He sees you.'

The letters of the Arabic word for 'bondsman' ('abd) are three; 'ayn, ba' and dal. The 'ayn is one's knowledge ('ilm) of Allah. The ba' is one's distance (bawn) from other than Him, and the dal is one's nearness (dunuw) to Allah with the restriction of neither contingent qualities nor veil.

The principles of conduct have four aspects, as we mentioned at the beginning of the first chapter.

Greetings on the Birth Anniversary of Imam Sadiq (as)

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Saturday, March 7, 2009

Eid e Zahra Mubarak

Surah Tawba: Verse 36

إِنَّ عِدَّةَ الشُّهُورِ عِندَ اللّهِ اثْنَا عَشَرَ شَهْرًا فِي كِتَابِ اللّهِ يَوْمَ خَلَقَ السَّمَاوَات وَالأَرْضَ مِنْهَا أَرْبَعَةٌ حُرُمٌ ذَلِكَ الدِّينُ الْقَيِّمُ فَلاَ تَظْلِمُواْ فِيهِنَّ أَنفُسَكُمْ وَقَاتِلُواْ الْمُشْرِكِينَ كَآفَّةً كَمَا يُقَاتِلُونَكُمْ كَآفَّةً وَاعْلَمُواْ أَنَّ اللّهَ مَعَ الْمُتَّقِينَ {36

“Verily the number of months with Allah is twelve months in Allah's Book (since) the day He created the heavens and earth. Of these four are sacred. That is the established religion, so be not unjust therein to yourselves” (9:36).

Mohammad bin Ibrahim Al-No'maani narrated from Ali bin Husain, from Mohammad bin Yahya Al-Attar, from Mohammad bin Husain Al-Raazi, from Mohammad bin Ali Al-Koufi, from Ibrahim bin Mohammad bin Yusuf, from Mohammad bin Isa, from Abdil Razzaq, from Mohammad bin Sinaan, from Fudhail Al-Rassan, from Abi Hamza Al-Thomali, who said:

I was with Imam Baqir (as) one day.

After people left, he (the Imam as) said to me:
O Aba Hamza! The rising of our Qa'em (as) is one of the imperative matters of Allah that will not be changed. Therefore, those who meet Allah, doubting that which I am about to say, will meet Him as disbelievers who deny Him.

Then Imam (as) added:
May I sacrifice my father and mother for the one whose name is my name, whose title is my title, and who is the seventh Imam after me.

May I sacrifice my father for the one who will fill the earth with justice and equity after it will be filled with inequity and oppression.

O Aba Hamza! Paradise is forbidden for those who meet him but do not submit to him the same way they submitted to Mohammad (S) and Ali (as). Their abode shall be Hell, and how terrible is the abode of the oppressors!

Praise be to Allah that the following verse is a more clear and enlightening argument (about the Qa'em as) for those whom Allah has guided and upon whom He has bestowed His Beneficence. Allah says, “verily the number of months with Allah is twelve months in Allah's Book (since) the day He created the heavens and earth. Of these four are sacred. That is the established religion, so be not unjust therein to yourselves” (9:36).

However, simply knowing the names of the months like Muharram and Safar cannot be “the established religion” because even the Jews, Christians, Zoroastrians, and the rest of mankind from among our followers and enemies know the names of the months also.

The “twelve months” mentioned in this verse refer only to the (twelve) Imams who rise with the religion of Allah. The “sacred” one (in this verse) refers to the name of the Commander of the Believers, Ali (as), for whom Allah derived a name from His own name, Ali, just like He (derived the name) of the Messenger of Allah (S) from His name, Mahmoud. Furthermore, three of Ali's sons share the same name (as the Commander of the Believers as): Ali bin Husain, Ali bin Musa, and Ali bin Mohammad (as). Therefore, this name (Ali), which is derived from the name of Allah, is “sacred” through the sacredness of Allah. May Allah's blessings be on Mohammad and his honorable family.

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