Pearl of Wisdom

In his will to Imam al-Hasan (AS) my son, know that you have been created XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX MISSING TEST IN ORIGINAL XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX:xt world and not for this world, and for .on and not to stay, for death and not for XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX MISSING TEST IN ORIGINAL XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX: are in a transient place, a place which is a path to the Hereafter. You are running away from death from which no one can run away from and which none of its seekers can miss. It has to be experienced so beware lest it catches up with you while you are in a bad state, while you were promising yourself to repent for the sin, but it did not allow you to repent and it made you perish.'

Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib [as]
Nahj al-Balagha, Letter 31

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Bondage is an essence, the inner nature of which is lordship (rububiyah). Whatever is missing in bondage is found in lordship, and whatever is veiled from lordship is found in bondage. As Allah said,


We will soon show them Our signs in the universe and in their own souls, until it will become quite clear to them that it is the truth. Is it not sufficient as regards your Lord that He is a witness over all things? (41:53)


This means He exists both in your absence and in your presence. Bondage means ridding oneself of everything, and the way to obtain this is to deny the self what it desires and to make it bear what it dislikes. The key to this is abandoning rest, loving seclusion and following the path of recognition of the need for Allah.

The Holy Prophet [s] said, 'Worship Allah as if you see Him. Even if you do not see Him, He sees you.'

The letters of the Arabic word for 'bondsman' ('abd) are three; 'ayn, ba' and dal. The 'ayn is one's knowledge ('ilm) of Allah. The ba' is one's distance (bawn) from other than Him, and the dal is one's nearness (dunuw) to Allah with the restriction of neither contingent qualities nor veil.

The principles of conduct have four aspects, as we mentioned at the beginning - click here.

 
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