Pearl of Wisdom

'Every single thing has a measure or a weight, except for tears; for one drop of them can extinguish seas of Fire. If an eye is filled with tears, the face will never be burdened with neediness or humiliation; and if it floods with tears then Allah will make it unlawful for the Fire to touch it. Indeed, if a teary man cries for a community, they all receive mercy.'

Imam Ja'far ibn Muhammad al-Sadiq [as]
Bihar al-Anwar, v. 93, p. 331, no. 14

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The Lantern of the Path

The path of Islam contains a most comprehensive and total system of conduct for the wayfarer. The outer behaviour of a true Muslim reflects what is deep in his inner consciousness.

In his teachings, Imam Ja'far al-Sadiq shows the way to equilibrium in a most inspired way of tawhid. As a man of insight and knowledge he sees the unified hand and demonstrates it to the sincere seeker. These teachings can be of benefit to anyone who has an interest in spiritual matters and is concerned with benefiting from the path of Islam.

The Imam's explanations in 'The Lantern of the Path to Almighty Allah' contain many levels of understanding. Much depends upon the state of the seeker and the extent of his sincerity. Although this section is small, its meanings are vast.

We pray to Allah to increase our knowledge and experience of His vast compassion and mercy.

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1 Bondage ('Ubudiyah)
2 More on Bondage
3 On Lowering the Gaze
4 On Walking
5 On Knowledge
6 Giving Judgement
7 Enjoining what is Good and Forbidding what is Evil
8 How the Men of Knowledge are Ruined
9 Guarding Oneself (Ri'ayah)
10 Thankfulness
11 On Leaving your Home
12 On Reciting the Qur'an
13 Dress
14 Showing Off
15 Truthfulness
16 Sincerity
17 Precaution
18 Fearing Allah
19 Social Interactions
20 Sleep
21 Pilgrimage
22 Charity
23 Intention
24 Remembrance
25 The Ruin of the Reciters
26 Clarification of Truth and Falsehood
27 The Gnosis of the Prophets
28 The Recognition of the Imams
29 Recognition of the Companions
30 The Honour and Sanctity of the Believers
31 Dutifulness to Parents
32 Humility
33 Ignorance
34 Eating
35 Evil Whispering
36 Pride
37 Generosity
38 Self-Reckoning
39 Opening the Prayer
40 Bowing in Prayer
41 The Tashahhud
42 Salaams
43 Repentance
44 Retreat
45 Silence
46 Intellect and Passion
47 Envy
48 Greed
49 Corruption
50 Well-being
51 Worship
52 Reflection
53 Rest
54 Avarice
55 Clarification
56 Judgements
57 Siwak
58 Using the Lavatory
59 Purification
60 Prostration in Prayer
61 Entering the Mosque
62 Supplication
63 Fasting
64 Abstinence
65 A Description of this World
66 Reluctance to Act
67 Delusion
68 A Description of the Hypocrite
69 Proper Social Transaction
70 Taking and Giving
71 Brotherhood
72 Consultation
73 Forbearance
74 Following Another's Example
75 Pardon
76 Exhortation
77 Advice (wasiyah)
78 Trustful Reliance
79 Respect for One's Brothers
80 Striving and Discipline
81 Contemplation of Death
82 Good Opinion
83 Entrusting Oneself to Allah
84 Certainty
85 Fear and Hope
86 Contentment
87 Affliction
88 Patience
89 Sorrow
90 Modesty
91 Gnosis (ma 'rifah)
92 Love of Allah
93 Love for the Sake of Allah
94 Yearning
95 Wisdom
96 Making Claims
97 Taking Heed
98 Contentedness
99 Slander
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