The Condition of a Hospitable Believer on the Day of Judgement


Imam Ali (A.S) says:

“On the Day of Judgement a hospitable believer will arise from his grave in such a condition that his face will be shining like the disc of the moon.

The people will wonder and think within themselves as to whether he is a Prophet. However, the angel accompanying him will introduce him and say`:

“He is the man who was hospitable and entertained hid guests and thus he has no way other than that of entering Paradise”.

(Biharul Anwar, vol.XV, p.242)

What is the most important point before worshipping God?


Imam Ali (A.S) said: First of all place the knowledge and recognition of the one you are worshipping in your heart, soul, spirit and life. Find out fully who you are worshipping so that all the actions you do with all of your body parts and senses can be counted as your prayers and worship in order that all those prayers can benefit you, otherwise prayers without recognition of the one who you are worshipping, will have no use for you.
Source: [Tohaful Oqool, Page 223]

Remembrance of Allah


Imam Al-Baqir (peace be upon him) has said: “Allah’s remembrance of ‘people who pray’ is greater and superior to their remembrance of Him. Do you not observe that He has said (in the Noble Qur’an): {Remember Me and I shall remember you.}”‌1
Biharul Anwar, Volume 82, Page 199
1. The Noble Qur’an, Surah Baqarah, Verse 152.

Favoring One’s Father


Imam Javad (A.S): Favoring One’s Father
imam javad (a.s)
Bakr the son of Salih narrates the following story:
My son in law wrote Imam Javad (PBUH) a letter which included the following: “My father has great animosity with Prophet Muhammad’s progeny (PBUT). His belief is corrupted, and he mistreats me to a great extent.
My Master, I first like to request your prayer on my behalf, and second to ask for your suggestions on how to deal with this matter. Should I inform others of his corrupted thoughts or of his mistreatments to me? Or should I compromise and remain patient with him?”
Imam Javad (PBUH) wrote in his reply:
“I understand the situation between you and your father. Allah willing, I will not forget to pray for you, but do bear in mind that for you patience and good manners are far better than revealing (that which is bad). Do remember, after every hardship there will be relief. Be patient, and the good end belongs to the pious. May Allah keep you persistent in your love towards the Prophet’s progeny. We and you are under the shelter of Allah, and surely He will protect His sheltered people.”
Bakr continues: After this incident, my son in law’s father changed completely, and I never saw him disagree with his son’s beliefs from thereon.
Reference: The Stories of Bihar al-Anwaar, by Mahmood Naser

Increase in Life and Livelihood

Increase in Life and Livelihood

The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said:

“One who desires a long life and an increase in livelihood should exhibit goodness towards his parents and establish bonds of kinship (with his relatives).”‌
Kanzul `Ummal, Volume 16, Page 475

When a person stands up for prayers


Imam Ali (A.S) said: “When a person stands up for prayers, Iblis approaches him and looks at him with envy and jealousy, as he sees the Mercy of Allah encompassing the person.”‌

Biharul Anwar, Volume 82, Page 207

Pray for Those who Misbehave out of Ignorance


It is narrated that when in the War of Ohud, the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) lost 4 of his teeth as well as injuring his face, the companions told him:

Why don’t you curse those who caused your injuries? The Prophet replied: I have not come for cursing and damning, I have been sent to pray and ask for mercy;

then he prayed for those who caused injuries to him by saying: Please Allah (SWT), guide these people out of their ignorance.

Taken from: Beharul Anwaar, Vol. 21, Page 20.

Worshipping the world


Regarding the relation between some people and the world, the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) said: They are the slaves and worshippers of money [1].

Imam Hussein (A.S) in his first sermon in Karbala said: The people are the slaves of the world and worship it [2].

These words indicate that how far the relation between human being and the material things can go. Perhaps some people may say: Not all people are like this, meaning there are people who are not slaves of the world.
It is narrated that Imam Sadiq (A.S) told Ishaq ibn Qaleb: O, Eshaq; how many people do you think will be included in the description of Ayah 58 of Surah Al-Tawbah? The Ayah said:

If you give them money and the world, they will be satisfied with you but if you do not do that, they will be your enemies and will stay away from you. In another words if you chant the slogan of the world, they will follow you otherwise they will be your enemies. Eshaq said: I did not say anything and remained silent.

Imam Sadiq (A.S) said: More than two thirds of the people are those whose hearts are filled with the love of the world [3].
Explanations by: Ayatollah Sheikh Mojtaba Tehrani

The rewards for making a believer happy


The following narrations have been selected from the book of “Thawabul Aamaal wa Eqabul Aamaal” by “Sheikh Sadooq”. Abu Hamzah narrated from Imam Sadiq (A.S): Whoever makes a believer happy, God will make that person happy on the Day of Judgment and he/she will be told: Request whatever you like because you liked to make happy the friends of Allah (SWT) and then God will grant more than it is requested, beyond any imagination.

It is narrated from Imam Sadiq (A.S): A person who resolves the problem of a believer, on the Day of Judgment, God will resolve his/her problems and will raise that person from the grave with happiness.

Sadeer Sairafi narrated a long narration (Hadith) from Imam Sadiq (A.S) who said: When a believer is raised from the grave, a companion will also will be raised with him/her and lead in front, whenever that believer faces a difficulty on the Day of Judgment, the companion will say:

Do not worry, I give you the glad tidings from God. This will continue till that person attends before the Almighty where God will make it easy for him/her and orders that person be taken to paradise whilst the companion will be in front and the believer will say: Mercy of God be on you, you were a good companion and companied me all this way, now tell me who are you?

The companion will reply: I am that happiness you brought for your brother in religion, God created me from that happiness to make you happy.

The Tale of a Seeker of the World


Bin Babawiyah quotes through a reliable source that Imam Jafar Sadiq (A.S) has told about a person who lived in the olden days. The man sought to find livelihood through fair means. He failed. He tried illegitimate means and even then he didn’t succeed. Satan came to him and told him that he would suggest a stratagem to the man to succeed in his efforts. The person agreed. Satan suggested to him to float a new religion. Encourage people to join its ranks. The man acted on the suggestion and soon became very rich.

One day the man thought that he had committed the foulest of deeds. He felt that he had led lots of people astray. He realized that any amount of penitence would not get him a pardon unless he corrected the people who had left the right path because of him. He started telling people that the faith propagated by him was a farce and they should abandon it.

But the idea was engrained in their minds and they told him that his faith was authentic and that he was lying to them. He could not change even a single person. In desperation he went to the forest and tied himself in a heavy chain. He resolved that unless Allah forgave him for his sin he would not free himself.

Allah sent a Revelation to the Prophet (PBUH) of the time that the person must be informed that even if his body goes to shreds repenting his sin, his penitence would not be accepted! The only way for his pardon was through reforming all the persons who had been led away from the right path by him!