Islamic Thought

Nahjul Balagha

Sermon 136

Referring to events in the future

He will direct desires towards (the path of) guidance while people will have turned guidance towards desires, and he will turn their views to the direction of the Qur'an while the people will have turned the Qur'an to their views.

A part of the same sermon: (Before the Enjoiner of Good, matters deteriorate) till war will rage among you with full force, showing forth its teeth, with udders full of sweet milk but with a sour tip. Beware, it will be tomorrow and the morrow will come soon with things which you do not know. The Man in power, not from this crowd, will take to task all officers for their ill deeds and the earth will pour forth its eternal treasures and fling before him easily her keys. He will show you the just way of behaviour and revive the Quran and sunnah which have become lifeless (among people).

A part of the same sermon: As if I see (him), he (the Enjoiner of Evil) is shouting in Syria and is extending his banners to the outskirts of Kufa. He is bent towards it like the biting of the she-camel. He has covered the ground with heads. His mouth is wide open and (the trampling of) his footsteps on the ground have become heavy. His advance is broad and his attacks are severe.

By Allah, he will disperse you throughout the earth till only a few of you remain, like kohl in the eye. You will continue like this till Arabs return to their sense. You should therefore stick to established ways, clear signs and the early period which has lasting virtues of Prophethood. You should know that Satan makes his ways easy so that you may follow him on his heels.

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