Pearl of Wisdom

to Mu'alla b. Khunays when he came to visit him for Nayruz, 'Do you know what this day is?' to which he replied, may I be your ransom, this is a day to which the Persians attach great importance and in which they give each other gifts.' So Imam al-Sadiq (AS) said, 'By the Ancient House in Makkah! That is only because of a much older reason which I will explain to you so that you may understand ... O Mu'alla, verily the day of Nayruz is the day when Allah took the servants' covenants from them that they would worship Him and that they would not associate anything with Him, and that they would believe in His prophets and His divine proofs, and that they would believe in the Imams (AS). This is also the day when the sun rose for the first time ... Every day of Nayruz is a day when we await the Relief [the coming of the Awaited Saviour], for verily it is one of our special days and one of the days of our shi'a. The Persians have kept its significance whereas you have lost it...This is the first day of the Persians' new year, and they have managed to stay alive since having been only thirty thousand in number. The pouring of water on the day of Nayruz has become a practice...'

Imam Ja'far ibn Muhammad al-Sadiq [as]
Bihar al-Anwar, v. 59, p. 92, no. 1

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Question : #175 Category: Sexual Ethics & Morals
Subject: sinning and repentenance
Question: As-salaam mulaikum. Obviously a man who has sinned and the one who has not sinned are at different levels of piety, but can a man who has sinned catch up to the status of the one who has not sinned through repentence and peforming good deeds.
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Salaam Alaikum. Inshallah all is well.
Comparing involves many different factors. One may not commit a certain sin but commit others. When doing good deeds, there are different intentions. So it may be that a person who's committed sins repents and performs good deeds that are better in quality than a person who hasn't committed that sin.
What's important is that instead of comparing to realize that Allah says if one repents, corrects their deeds and performs good, Allah will convert their misdeeds which have been written in their book of actions to good ones. This means no matter what we've done, we should have hop to become one of the best servants of God who become of the purified ones.
Keep me in your prayers.

Fee Amanillah
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This book was a joke. How incredibly dpiopiasnting! It was focused on trying to prove that Islam is a valid religion and the Koran directly the work of God from him. The explanations made me more skeptical and wary of the entire Islam religion. According to the logic in this book, Nostradamous is a prophet of equal stature to Mohammed and should be revered. Nostradamous' quatraines were written in a similar style and can be interpreted to say he is predicting history and scientific principles that he could never have known in his time period. I am not against Islam, but this book really gave me a negative attitude, since it was trying to prove itself more than just expounding on what the beliefs are and what Islam is all about .
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