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Nahjul Balagha Sayings 21 to 30

  1. We have a right. If it is allowed to us well and good, otherwise, we will ride on the hind part of the camel (like lowly people) even though the night journey may be long.

  2. He whose deeds accord (him) a back position cannot be given a front position because of his lineage.

  3. To render relief to the grief-stricken and to provide comfort in hardship means the atonement of great sins.

  4. O son of Adam, when you see that your Lord, the Glorified, bestows His favours oil you while you are disobeying Him, you should fear Him.

  5. Whenever a person conceals a thing in his heart it manifests itself through unintentional words from his tongue and (in) the expressions of his face.

  6. Keep walking in your sickness as long as you can.

  7. The best abstemiousness is to conceal it.

  8. When you are running away from the world and death is approaching, there is no question of delay in the encounter.

  9. Fear! Fear! By Allah, He has hidden your sins so much so as though He has forgiven.

  10. Imam was asked about faith when he said: Faith stands on four supports: on endurance, conviction, justice and jihad (fighting in the way of Allah).

    Endurance again has four aspects: eagerness, fear, abstention (from the world) and anticipation (of death). So, whoever is eager for Paradise will ignore the passions; whoever fears the Fire (of Hell) will refrain from prohibited acts; whoever abstains from the world takes hardships lightly; and whoever anticipates death will hasten towards good deeds.

    Conviction also has four aspects: prudent perception, intelligenceand understanding, drawing lessons from instructive things and following the precedents of past people. So, whoever perceives with prudence, wise knowledge will be manifest to him, and to whomsoever wise knowledge becomes manifest he appreciates instructive objects, and whoever appreciates instructive objects he is just like past people.

    Justice also has four aspects: keen understanding, deep knowledge, a good power of decision and firm forbearance. Therefore,whoever understands comes to acquire depth of knowledge; whoever acquires depth of knowledge drinks from the spring of judgement; and whoever exercises forbearance never commits evil actions in his affairs and leads a praiseworthy life among the people.

    Jihad also has four aspects: ask others to do good, keep away others from doing evil, fight (in way of Allah) sincerely and firmly on all occasions, and detest the vicious. So, whoever asks others to do good provides strength to believers; whoever desists others from evil humiliates unbelievers; whoeverfights sincerely on all occasions discharges all obligations; and whoever detests the vicious and becomes angry for the sake of Allah, then Allah will be angry in favour of him and will keep him and will keep him pleased on the Day of Judgement.


Nahjul Balagha Sayings 171 to 180

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Nahjul Balagha Sayings 371 to 380

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Nahjul Balagha Sayings 121 to 130

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