Monday, January 31, 2011

Golden Sayings of Imam Hussain (AS) Part-8

82 - Addressing his son Ali, Imam Hussain said : " O ' my son be afraid of 
oppressing the one who has no defender except God. 

(Bihar al- Anwar, Vol. 78 , P. 118)

83 - A man from the Ansaar group came to Imam. He had a request. 
Imam told him to write his request if he was too shy to say it. The man wrote :" 
I owe someone 500 dinars and he is pressuring me for returning it. Please talk 
to him and ask him to give me more time. " When Imam read the request , 
he bestowed the man a purse. The purse contained 1000 dinars. He said , " 
500 to pay your debts , and the rest for improving your living conditions. 
"Then Imam said , " Avoid asking for help from anyone but three types of people 
: the religions , the generous , and the noble ;The religions for their fear of God , 
the generous for their charitability ,and the noble for their dignity, 
will not let you down. 

(Bihar al- Anwar, Vol. 78 , P. 118)

84 - Among the signs of having won the approval & acceptance of 
God Almighty is keeping the company of the learned. Among the signs of 
ignorance is fighting with true believers. And among the signs of a learned
 person is his thinking before saying, and his being well informed of 
the scientific facts of his day. 

(Bihar al- Anwar, Vol. 78 , P. 119)

85 - Avoid doing what you might later be asked to apologise for it! 
Because the believer does not harm and does not ask for apology , 
while the hypocrite always harms and apologizes. 

(Bihar al- Anwar, Vol. 78 , P. 120)

86 - When a poor man begs for your help , his pride is hurt. Then 
you don’t deal another blow to his pride by letting him down. 

(Bihar al- Anwar, Vol. 44 , P. 197)

87 - Imam(as) said : "Whoever likes us for the sake of God , we will join
 the Prophet(pbuh) together like these two (and stuck two of his fingers 
together ). And whoever likes us for this world he will be rewarded only 
in this world which contains both good and evil people." 

(Bihar al- Anwar, Vol. 27 , P. 84)

88 - When you are frustrated and do not know a way out , only flexibility 
and moderation towards difficulties will save you. 

(Bihar al- Anwar, Vol. 78 , P. 128)

89 - Shifter are the orphans of Mohammad's household. Whoever takes 
an orphan of ours under his protection and guides him , 
the Almighty God Will tell him , O My generous mortal , you deserve 
my grace. Then he will order his angels to give him one thousand palace , 
for each word he how taught. 

(Bihar al- Anwar, Vol. 2 , P. 4)

90 - If it were not the realization of the Moslem brothers' rights , for 
whatever evil you did ; you would have been punished. But the glorified God 
says :" Whatever affliction befalls you , it is on account ,of what your hands 
have wrought , and (yet) He pardons most (of your faults)". 

(Bihar al- Anwar Vol. 75 , P. 415)

91 - A man told Imam Hussain: O' the son of the Prophet! I am your Shi’a 
(follower)! Imam replied: "Fear God and don't claim this, otherwise 
God will tell you : You are a liarin what you claimed. Surely our Shi’as
 ( followers ) are those whose hearts are pure and free from insincerity 
and treason , you had better say you are an admirer and friend". 

(Bihar al- Anwar Vol. 68 , P. 156)

92 - Brothers are of four kinds : A brother who cares both about you and 
about himself , a brother who is only concerned about you , a brother 
who is only after harming you , and a brother who benefits neither you 
nor himself. When asked to clarify this , Imam said , " A brother , 
who cares about you and himself , is beneficial for both you and himself. 
such a brother maintains friendship with you , as in a perfect friendship , 
the two friends live together happily , but in a deficient one relations 
sour soon. The brother who is only concerned about you, he does not seek 
any material gains in his friendship with you. Rather , he will make 
every effort to help , and that is true friendship. The brother who constantly 
seeks to harm you : such a brother is in fact an enemy disguised and masked. 
He looks for an opportunity to harm you. He cleverly hides his real face 
from you. He lies about you in your absence , and he is jealous of you. 
May he suffer eternal damnation : And the brother who benefits neither you 
nor himself , he is a truly stupid person. Avoid making friends with his type. 
Such a friend seeks superiority to you and 
plots to possess whatever you have. 

(Bihar al- Anwar Vol. 78 , P 119)

93 - Imam Hussain (as) said to one of his followers : Which one is 
preferred to you? Saving the life of a weak man who is being killed 
by an oppressor , or saving a poor believer from among our Shi’as ,
 who is being misled by an unbeliever and an enemy to the 
household of the prophet , through false reasoning and arguing ?T
hen Imam himself replied : Certainly saving the poor believer , 
as God Almighty says. " Reviving a misguided man by enlightening him , 
is tantamount to reviving all the world's people. 

"(Tafseer Al - Askari or Bihar al- Anwar, Vol. 2 , P. 9)

94 - For a king , the worst characteristics are three :fearing enemies , 
oppressing the weak , and being ungenerous. 

(Bihar al- Anwar, Vol. 44 , P. 189)

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Beautiful Inspiring Story: Dad's Blessings

A young man was getting ready to  graduate from college. 
For many months he had admired a beautiful sports car 
in a dealer's showroom, and knowing his father could well 
afford it, he told him that was all he wanted.

As Graduation Day approached, the young man awaited signs 
that his father had purchased the car. Finally, on the morning of 
his graduation, his father called him into his private study. 
His father told him how proud he was to have such a fine son, 
and told him how much he loved him. He handed his son 
a beautifully wrapped gift box. Curious, but some what 
disappointed, the young man opened the box and found 
a lovely, leather-bound Holy Quran, 

with the young man's name embossed in gold. Angry, 
he raised his voice to his father and said "With all your money, 
you give me a Holy Quran ?" and stormed out of the house, 
leaving the Holy Quran.

Many years passed and the young man was very successful in 
business. He had a beautiful home and wonderful family, but 
realized his father was very old, and thought perhaps he should 
go to him. He had not seen him since that graduation day. 
Before he could make arrangements, he received a telegram 
telling him his father had passed away, and willed all of his 
possessions to his son. 

He needed to come home immediately and take care of 
things. When he arrived at his father's house, sudden sadness 
and regret filled his heart. He began to search through his father's 
important papers and saw the still new Holy Quran, just as he had left it 
years ago. With tears, he opened the Holy Quran and began to turn 
the pages. And as he did, a car key dropped from the back of 
the Holy Quran.

It had a tag with the dealer's name, the same dealer who had 
the sports car he had desired. On the tag was the date of his 
graduation, and the words PAID IN FULL.

Lesson from the Inspiring Story:

How many times do we miss God's blessings and answers to 
our prayers because they do not arrive exactly as we have expected?

Presented by Hassan Ali

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Golden Sayings of Imam Hussain (AS) Part-7

70 - Yazid , the natural son of an illegitimate has placed me in a dilemma , 
drawing my sword and fighting or being humiliated by allegiance to him. 
But it is impossible for us to be humiliated , God , his messenger , 
the believers, my respectable family would not prefer obedience to mean 
people. To dying with glory. 

(Bihar al- Anwar, Vol. 45 , P. 83)

71 - Those who seek to win God's favor and satisfaction, no matter 
if it evokes people's wrath , God will make them dispense with people. 
But those who win contentment of people at the cost of enraging God , 
the Almighty will make them dependent upon people. 

(Bihar al- Anwar, Vol. 78 , P. 126)

72 - Best of wealth is that with which one protects his fame and dignity. 

(Bihar al- Anwar, Vol. 44 , P. 195)

73 - Swear by God , I did not rise against the tyrannical rule of Bani Omayah 
out of selfishness or with the aim of oppression or corruption. My revolt only 
aimed at reviving the religion of my grandfather , the holy Mohammad and 
the traditions of my father Ali ibn-Abi Talib , to enjoy good and forbid evil. 
So, whoever accepts me by accepting the truth , surely God rewards him 
for supporting the truth. And whoever rejects me , I will be patient until 
God judges between me and these people justly. Surely , His Almighty is 
the Best Judge of the judges. 

(Bihar al- Anwar Vol. 44 ", P 329)

74 - ( Since the world is mortal,) imagine as if there has been no world 
from the beginning ; and ( since the here after is eternal ) as if it has 
ever been existing. 

(Bihar al- Anwar, Vol. 45 , P. 87)

75 - Swearing by my own soul : Imam can be nobody except the one 
who rules according to Koran , rises for justice, affiliates to the true religion 
and contains himself to all that for the sake of God. 

(Bihar al- Anwar, Vol. 44 , P. 334)

76 - Those who worship God sincerely will be rewarded far more than 

what they had wished and even more than what they deserve. 

(Bihar al- Anwar, Vol. 71 , P. 184)

77 - Association with the wicked people is evilness , and association with 
the corrupted people brings doubts to oneself. 

(Bihar al- Anwar, Vol. 78 , P. 122)

78 - Imam Hussain(as) said : " whoever comes to us will find at least one of
 these four : 1)he will hear sound reasoning , 2) will see fair judgement , 
3) will face a helpful brother , and 4) will enjoy the company of learned men."

(Bihar al- Anwar, Vol. 44 , P. 195)

79 - Imam Hussain (as) said to a man who was backbiting someone 
in Imam's presence : " Stop this evil act , for your backbiting 
will be the food of dogs in the hell." 

(Bihar al- Anwar, Vol. 78 , P. 117)

80 - Sometimes God Almighty showers a man with grace and favor , 
instead depriving him of the blessing of being grateful , this is how 
God tests his mortals. 

(Bihar al- Anwar, Vol. 78 , P. 117)

81 - "Those stingy people who economize on even greeting are real misers." 

(Bihar al- Anwar, Vol. 78 , P. 120)

Presented by Hassan Ali

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Golden Sayings of Imam Hussain (AS) Part-6

57 - O' the son of Adam! Remember the death of your fathers and 
your children ,where they were , and to where they went. 
I can foresee that you , too ,will join them very soon 
and provide a lesson for others. 

(Ershadol Kuloob , Vol. 1 , P. 29)

58 - We are the victorious party of God , we are the household of 
the Messenger of God and the relatives of him. We are the dignified 
and chaste family of the prophet , we are one of the two great weights 
of which the prophet of God has appointed us as the second to 
the book of God ( which is the first of the two weights ).
The book in which there are explanations for everything. 
There is no wrong init. The Holy Koran for which we have been trusted 
to interpret. We will never be helpless in its interpretation. 
In our interpretation , we follow the facts of the Holly Quran. 
O' people do obey us, because obeying us is compulsory for you, 
and is tantamount to obeying God and his Messenger. 

(Bihar al- Anwar, Vol. 44 , P. 205)

59 - A person asked Imam Hussain (as): 
" O' the son of the messenger of God, 
how can we know God Almighty? " Imam replied : 
" By knowing and obeying" the Imam of your time. 

(Bihar al- Anwar, Vol. 5 , P. 312)

60 - Divine laws and Islamic principles must be carried out 
only by us Imams , the divine scholars , who have thorough 
knowledge of the permitted and forbidden things by God. 

(Bihar al- Anwar, Vol. 97 , P. 80)

61 - O' God! , you know my revolt against the rule of 
Bani Omayah did not stem from any greed for power, or for 
taking revenge. I stood against the tyrant of my time 
to reveal the genuine image of your divine religion , and to 
make social reforms in order to save the oppressed and 
pave the way for them to act according to your rules. And
 you people ! If you don't support us and treat us fairly , tyrants 
and oppressors will dominate you to blow out divine illumination. 
Surely God Almighty is our strong supporter , upon whom we rely , 
from whom we seek help , and towards whom is our return. 

(Bihar al- Anwar, Vol. 97 , P. 80)

62 - Thanks to God , whatever God wills will happen , there is 
no power except stemming from Allah ( God ). Death has been written on 
the son of Adam( human being ) in such a suitable way like 
the elegance of a necklace around the neck of a young girl. 
I am so eager to meet my ancestors like the enthusiasm of Jacob 
to see Joseph. The divine fate has destined for me a place of killing 
to which I have to go. As if ( I can see ) my body parts and members 
are torn by the hungry wolves of a district between Nawawis
 and Karbala to quench there thirst and hanger by killing me. 
There is no escape from such a divine fate. We , 
the household of the Prophet , are subservient to whatever 
God has destined us. We will be patient on this calamity 
which he has planned for us. Of course his Almighty will give us 
the reward of the patients. We are ( as ) the body parts of the Prophet 
and his body parts will not separate from him. We will be 
surrounding the Prophet in the Paradise. By our departure from 
this world the Prophet will be delighted. The promises that have 
been given to us will be fulfilled. Now , whoever among us is 
ready for martyrdom and has prepared himself for death and 
is fond of meeting God , will move with us. We will set out
 tomorrow ; God willing. 

(Bihar al- Anwar, Vol. 44 , P. 366)

63 - O' people do know that this world is a mortal/house. 

(Nasikh At'tareekh , Vol. 6 , Part. 2 , P. 243)

64 - I do not know companions more loyal and better than my 
companions ,neither do I know a household more honourable 
and passionate than my household. May the Almighty rewards 
you for the favors you have done me. 

(Bihar al- Anwar, Vol. 44 , P. 392)

65 - The Almighty God elevates His worshippers for their patience in 
enduring difficulties. 

(Bihar al- Anwar, Vol. 45 , P. 90)

66 - Know that Surely the world's sweetness and bitterness are all 
( nothing but )dreams. Awareness is solely in the hereafter. 
The winner is the one who wins the other world and
 the wretched is the one who becomes wretched in it ( the hereafter ). 

(Bihar al- Anwar, Vol. 45 , P. 91)

67 - Praise to God who created the world and made it a mortal, 
unstable and uncertain house the residents of which keep 
changing and under going ups and downs , wretched and miserable 
are those who are deceived by the fleeting and transient pleasures 
and attractions of this world. 

(Bihar al- Anwar, Vol. 45 , P. 5)

68 - No way ! By God I will never surrender to them like 
a humiliated person and never pledge allegiance to them like slaves.
" I seek refuge to my God from you stoning me to death ". 
" I seek refuge to my God and your God from any arrogant 
who does not believe in the day of Resurrection ". 

(Bihar al- Anwar, Vol. 45 , P. 7)

69 - Be patient O ' the son of the nobles. Death is only a bridge 
which takes you from misery and loss to the vast Paradise 
and the eternal graces. Then , is there anyone among you 
who dislikes to be transferred from a prison to a palace? 
For your enemies death is the opposite , it is like being transferred 
from a palace to a prison to be tortured. As my father quoted 
the Prophet assaying : " Surely, this world is a prison for the believer 
and a Paradise for the infidel." Death is a bridge to take some 
to their Paradise and some to their hell. I have never told lies 
and never was told lies. 

(Bihar al- Anwar, Vol. 44 , P. 297)

Presented by Hassan Ali