Pearl of Wisdom

'When Noah (AS) planted a seed a group of people walked by him and started to laugh and mock him, saying, 'He has now become a gardener!' When the palm tree grew and became great and high, he cut it down and worked it, and they said, 'He has become a carpenter!' He then made these into a boat, and a group of people came by, laughing and mocking, saying to him, 'He has now become a sailor in the desert of the earth!', until he finished [building] it.?

Imam Muhammad ibn Ali al-Baqir [as]
al-Kafi, v. 8, p. 283, no. 425

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The corruption of the outward being comes from the corruption of the inward. If you put your innermost being in order, Allah will put your outward being in order; if you fear Allah inwardly, He will not rend the veil publicly. But he who betrays Allah inwardly, Allah will expose in the open.

The greatest corruption is born of prolonged expectation, greed, and pride, as Allah told us in the story of Qarun when He said,

Do not seek to make mischief in the land; surely Allah does not love the corruptors. (28:77)

Elsewhere He said,

[As for] that Future Abode, We assign it to those who have no desire to exalt themselves in the earth nor to make mischief; and the good end is for those who have precaution. (28:83)

These defects come from what Qarun did and believed. The root of corruption lies in loving this world, amassing its wealth, following the self, elevating its appetites, loving praise, agreeing with Satan, and following his footsteps: all of these faults combine with a love of paying Allah no heed and forgetting His favours.

Therefore you should flee from people, reject this world, interrupt your rest, break with your normal habits, cut off the source of worldly appetites at the root by constantly remembering Allah and clinging to obedience to Him, and enduring people's aversion, the over-dependence of a comrade, and hostile malice on the part of your family and relatives. If you do that, then the door of Allah's kindness will be opened to you, since He has good regard for you, as well as forgiveness and mercy. You will have left the company of the heedless and freed your heart from the captivity of Satan. You will come to the door of Allah in the company of those who come to Him, and you will travel a path on which you may hope to be permitted to come to the Noble, the Magnanimous, the Generous, the Merciful.

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