“The prudent one is he who puts off punishment when anger prevails, and hastens to reward the good, taking the first possible opportunity to do so.” ~ Imam Ali (‘a)
“There are 3 kinds of people who are recognized only in 3 kinds of situations: the courageous man is recognized only in times of war; the forbearing man only in times of anger, and the sincere friend only in times of need.” ~ Imam Ali (‘a)
What is wealth? True wealth. Is it Sprawling Mansions, Stately Gowns, Uber-luxurious food? Or is it having a good nights sleep, being well-nourished, being loved?
This remarkable story puts true wealth in perspective. The kind father hopes to teach the son lesson in fulfillment instead is shown a beautiful lesson in perspective and gratitude.
I can so relate to this story. You see, I am constantly learning from my beautiful children. By the simple yet profound questions they ask. Their observations and their comments.
Sometimes just a simple Why from my son or daughter, leaves me stunned and speechless. Why indeed am I doing what I’m doing? Is it purposeful and meaningful? If so, what is the purpose and meaning? Or is it purely out of blind habit? Or to have acceptance of those around me?
Thanks to my children, I am pushed to a better version of myself constantly. Just like the father is in this story.
I like this story because it reminds me of how short life is, and it puts things in perspective.
If I live my life thinking I’m going to be here forever (or for a looong time), I find myself getting stressed out very easily. Why? Because I’m either running after new things or holding on to other things that by nature are transient. So when it slips from my hands, I get frustrated.
But when I accept myself as a traveler who’s in this world for a short time, I’m more relaxed. Things come and go in my life. I can play with them without the need to get attached and let it go when the time comes.
Life is short. Enjoy this journey. And I’ll see you soon. If not in this world, definitely in the next! 🙂
Be generous to your relations, for surely they are your wings with which you fly, and they are your roots to which you return, and they are your hands with which you can overcome. ~ Imam Ali
“O Ali, three men will stand under the shade of the (Divine) Throne on the Day of Resurrection.
They are: the man who likes for his friend whatever he likes for himself,
the man who pauses before taking any action to reflect whether it pleases or displeases God,
and the man doesn’t find fault in others until he overcomes that fault in himself. It is quite sufficient for a man to be engaged with himself.”
~ Prophet Muhammad (‘s)
The Prophet (peace be upon him and his family) said: My Lord commanded me to adhere to nine things: He commanded me to:
- Be sincere when in private and in public,
- Be Just in times of peace and when in rage,
- Be moderate in poverty and in abundance,
- Be forgiving to him who wrongs me,
- Share with him who deprives me (of his bestowals),
- Acknowledge him who broke relations with me,
- Ponder over things while I am silent,
- Mention Him (God) whenever I speak, and
- Learn lessons from things that I see.
A man asked for words by which Allah may benefit him. Prophet Muhammed said: “Remember death repeatedly. This will save you from longing for the worldly pleasures. Show gratitude frequently and this will increase his Mercy upon you. Pray to Allah (SWT) so regularly, because you do not know in which time Allah (SWT) will respond for your prayer. Beware of tyranny, for Allah (SWT) has ordained that HE will support those whom are oppressed.”