BE A MAN OF ACTION!
In the Name of God, The Most Beneficent, The Most Merciful.
رسولُ اللهِِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ): أفضَلُ الأعمالِ أحمَزُها.
The Prophet (S) said, ‘The best of deeds is the most difficult of them.’
[Bihar Al-Anwar, v. 70, p. 191]
الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): أفضَلُ الأعمالِ ما أكرَهتَ عَلَيهِ نَفسَكَ .
Imam Ali (as) said, ‘The best of deeds is that which you force yourself to do.’
[Bihar Al-Anwar, v. 78, p. 69, no. 20]
In our world, where evil has been glorified and beautified, good deeds have undoubtedly become acts of ugliness in the eyes of the people. Although we live in a beautiful time when the light is approaching and Imam Mahdi (ajf) is approaching, human hearts have become harder. Today, Good deeds are taken with a pinch of salt, and evil deeds are glorified and embellished in such a way where people today look up to evil role-models while good role-models of good intentions and deeds are considered a crumb in the sea.
Indeed, the greatest struggle of our time is to hold on to good deeds in a world and a system that encourages us to be people of greed, hatred and evil. Rarity lies in the man who chooses to do good and chooses the acts of goodness in a world that encourages him to do evil. This in itself is the definition of human strength in a world full of tribulations of evil.
Prepare yourself that the path of truth and goodness will be difficult and that the majority of people will not enter this path of obstacles and difficulties.
الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): أفضَلُ الأعمالِ لُزومُ الحَقِّ .
Imam Ali (as) said, ‘The best of deeds is adherence to the truth.’
[Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 3322]
Falsehood will always be something that Satan will embellish to his targets. The truth will be bitter for those who have the hearts of falsehood and evilness. It will not be easy for the majority to follow a lonely, difficult and a road that few dare to follow.
وَإِذْ زَيَّنَ لَهُمُ الشَّيْطَانُ أَعْمَالَهُمْ وَقَالَ لَا غَالِبَ لَكُمُ الْيَوْمَ مِنَ النَّاسِ وَإِنِّي جَارٌ لَّكُمْ ۖ فَلَمَّا تَرَاءَتِ الْفِئَتَانِ نَكَصَ عَلَىٰ عَقِبَيْهِ وَقَالَ إِنِّي بَرِيءٌ مِّنكُمْ إِنِّي أَرَىٰ مَا لَا تَرَوْنَ إِنِّي أَخَافُ اللَّهَ ۚ وَاللَّهُ شَدِيدُ الْعِقَابِ
And (remember) when Shaitan (Satan) made their (evil) deeds seem fair to them and said, “No one of mankind can overcome you this Day (of the battle of Badr) and verily, I am your neighbour (for each and every help).” But when the two forces came in sight of each other, he ran away and said “Verily, I have nothing to do with you. Verily! I see what you see not. Verily! I fear God for God is Severe in punishment.”
It takes courage and strength to maintain the acts of quality and goodness. Society and external influences will always try to influence your intentions, your soul, your actions and your heart. But you as a Muslim must always stand up and embrace the greater Jihad. That’s how you hone your faith.
Imagine if anyone could be Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Muhammad Ali. Then, it would not be something special to be a Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the world of football or a Muhammed Ali in the world of boxing, if everyone could be like these personalities in their own professions. Reflect upon your inner revolution and your inner will. How you are willing to shape your identity is what counts as we now discuss the sweetness of the good deeds and how difficult it is to continue fighting with them as a Muslim.
We would not have recognized Imam Al-Hussain (as) if it were not for his revolution and we would not have recognized Imam Ali (as) if it were not for his patience in a world full of hypocrites who always wanted to stab him in the back. It is these challenges which have made their actions the most beautiful role models for us Muslims. They also became role models for non-Muslims who are still shocked today by their internal revolutions that changed and reformed a whole new world.
رسولُ اللهِِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ): كَما لا يُجتَنى مِنَ الشَّوكِ العِنَبُ كَذلكَ لا يَنزِلُ الفُجّارُ مَنازِلَ الأبرارِ ، وهُما طَريقانِ ، فَأيَّهُما أخَذتُم أدرَكتُم إلَيهِ.
The Prophet (S) said, ‘Just as grapes can never be harvested from thorn bushes, thus can the wrongdoers never come up to the level of the righteous, for they are two distinct paths, whichever one of them you take is where you will arrive.’
[Kanz al-’Ummal, no. 43676]
رسولُ اللهِِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ): إنَّ اللّهَ تَعالى يُحِبُّ إذا عَمِلَ أحَدُكُم عَمَلاً أن يُتقِنَهُ .
The Prophet (S) said, ‘Verily God, Most High, loves for you to perfect a good deed when you perform it.’
[Kanz Al-’Ummal, no. 9128]
Goodness and evil are two different ways. What you grow from goodness and what you cultivate from evil will end with two completely different results. That is why we as Muslims should dissociate our actions from evil and its path. It is a great shame that many Muslims today have chosen to mix their identity with what the United States and its system preaches. If the United States preaches that you should take drugs, then you have many citizens in several Arab and Muslim countries who are taking drugs. If the United States calls for corrupt music and a corrupt video industry, then you have many citizens in several Muslim and Arab countries who are inspired by this dirty industry. Let your actions be inspired by God and his religion not by people who do not know the value of their own-selves!
The motivation of doing good acts must also be there. If society or the home does not call for goodness, then you can start with the inspiration of goodness of your inner essence which always seeks the goodness in every shape and form while the outer wants that which goes against the good and its path.
We must also be people who preach the good and do the good. We must be active with our words and our actions so that we get a combination of balance and goodness. Unfortunately, it has become common in the Muslim and Arab world to preach goodness and at the same time do evil. We have many examples of this. The most important thing is that you always try to act upon the words of goodness and that is where the quality comes. Be a human being of quality when it comes to doing the acts of kindness so that others look up to you, your identity, your intentions, your actions and your spirituality!
الإمامُ الصّادقُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): اِعمَلوا قَليلاً تَنَعَّموا كَثيراً.
Imam As-Sadiq (as) said, ‘If you act but a little, you will enjoy many bounties.’
[Tanbih al-Khawatir, v. 2, p. 183]
الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): قَليلٌ تَدومُ عَلَيهِ ، أرجى مِن كَثيرٍ مَملولٍ مِنهُ.
Imam Ali (as) said, ‘The little that you perform continuously is weightier than the great amount that you perform odiously.’
[Nahjul Balaghah, Saying 278]
الإمامُ الباقرُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): ما مِن شَيءٍ أحَبَّ إلَى اللّهِ مِن عَمَلٍ يُداوَمُ عَلَيهِ ، وإن قَلَّ.
Imam Al-Baqir (a.s.) said, ‘There is nothing more beloved to God than the performance of an action that is maintained regularly, even if it be little.’
[Al-Kafi, v. 2, p. 82, no. 3]
جمعه مباركه السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
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