Pearl of Wisdom

with regard to Allah's verse in the Qur'an: They fulfil their vows , said, 'al-Hasan and al-Husayn became sick when they were young children, so the Prophet (SAWA) visited them and there were two men with him. One of the two men said [to Imam ?Ali], ?O Abu al-Hasan, why don't you make a vow for your two children for Allah to cure them.' He said, 'I will fast for three days in thanks to Allah Almighty. Fatima also said the same, and so did their servant Fidda. Allah Almighty covered them with good health, and so they fasted the next day.'

Imam Muhammad ibn Ali al-Baqir [as]
Wasd'il dl-Shi'a, v. 16, p. 190, p. 5

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A person who feels reluctant to act falls short of what is correct, even if he does right; while a person who acts voluntarily is correct, even if he errs. The reluctant one obtains only contempt in the end, and weariness, toil and misery while he is carrying out the action. The outer being of a reluctant person is showing off, and his inner being is hypocrisy: they are the wings with which he flies. The reluctant person never has any of the qualities of the righteous nor any of the marks of the believers, wherever he is. As Allah said to His Prophet [s],


Say, I do not ask you for any reward for it; nor am I of those who affect [i.e. act with reluctance]. (38:86)

The Holy Prophet said, 'we, the company of prophets, the fearfully aware, the trusty, we disavow the reluctant.' So, fear Allah and do away with reluctance, and it will mark you with the sign of belief. Do not be occupied with something whose garment is affliction, with food which in the end is emptiness, with an abode whose end is ruin, with wealth whose end is to be inherited by others, with comrades whom in the end one must take leave of, with glory which in the end is abasement, with loyalty which in the end is abandonment, or with a life whose end is grief.

 
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