Prayers and its Effects

The Holy Prophet (p.bu.h.) said: ” The one who takes prayer light is not of me. No, by Allah, such a person will not reach the Haudh, Pond of abundant.”

Man-La-Yahdhurul-Faghih, vol. 1,  p.152

Imam Sadiq (a.s.) said: “If there be a stream at the house of one of you in which the one washes himself five times a day, will there remain anything from the dirt over his body? Verily, the likeness of prayers is the same as the stream. The person who establishes ritual prayers clears out his sins thereby, except for the sin that takes him out from Faith he believes in.”

Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 82, p. 236

The Holy Prophet (p.bu.h.) said: “An obligatory prayer, with Allah, is equivalent to one thousand Hajj pilgrimages and one thousand Umrah performances (voluntary pilgrimages to the Ka’ba) which are right and accepted.”

Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 99, p.14

The Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h.) said: “Do not waste your prayers, because, surely, the person who wastes them will be raised with Croesus (Qarun) and Haman so that it is rightfully certain for Allah to put the one in hell with hypocrites.”  

Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 83, p. 14

The Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h.) said: “Say each of your prayer as if it were your last prayer.”

Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 69, p. 408

Imam Amir-ul-Mu’mineen Ali (a.s.) said: “If a prayerful person knew to what extent he was surrounded by His Mercy, he would never raise his head from (the state of) prostration.”

Tasnif-i-Qurar-ul-Hikam, p. 175

Imam Baqir (a.s.) said: “On the Reckoning Day, the First thing that the servant will be reckoned for is the prayer; therefore, if it is accepted, the rest (good actions) will be accepted, too, (otherwise, his other good deeds will not avail him.)”

Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 7, p. 267

At the last moments of his life, Imam Sadiq (a.s.) called his relations and companions and told them: “Verily, our intercession never reaches the one who takes prayers lightly.”

Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 82, p. 236

Imam Baqir, the fifth Imam, (a.s.) said: “There are ten things that when a person meets Allah, the Almighty and Glorious, with them, he will enter Heaven:

  1. Confessing that there is no god besides Allah.

  2. And that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.

  3. Acknowledging what has come down to the Prophet (p.b.u.h.) from Allah (the Quran).

  4. Establishing regular prayers.

  5. Giving alms.

  6. Fasting Ramadhan.

  7. Performing the Pilgrimage (Hajj) to the Sacred House.

  8. Kindness to the lovers of Allah.

  9. Detachment from the enemies of Allah.

  10. And, avoiding any alcoholic beverage.”

Khisal by Saduq, p. 432

Imam Amir-ul-Mu’mineen Ali (a.s.) said: “For the God-fearing, prayer is a means of seeking nearness to Allah; and for the weak, the Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca) is as good as Jihad (fighting in the way of Allah). For every thing there is a levy, and the levy of the body is fasting. The Jihad of a woman is to afford pleasant company to her husband.”

Nahjul-Balagha, saying 136

The Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h.) said: “There comes no night but that the angel of death calls to the dead in the graves and inquires what they regret for today when they have vividly seen (and known) this (next life). Then the dead will say: ‘Verily, we regret and envy the believers who are in their mosques and they are praying while we are not; they give alms and we do not; they fast during Ramadhan but we do not; they donate in charity what they have more than the need of their family members while we do not; …”  

Irshad-ul-Qulub, p. 53

The Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h.) said: “At the (appointed) time of every prayer (salat), I hear a caller who calls and says: ‘O children of Adam! keep up prayers in order to extinguish the fire you have lit against yourselves (by committing sins).”  

Mustadrak-ul-Wasa’il, vol. 3, p. 102

The Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h.) said: “Be careful of the prayers, for, on the Day of Resurrection, when Allah, the Exalted, will bring the servant (for reckoning), the first thing that He will ask him about will be the prayer. If the one brings it completely, he will be of the people of salvation, otherwise, he will be thrown in the Fire.”

Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 82, p. 202

Abubasir said that he visited Umm-i-Hamidah (Musa-ibn-Ja’far’s (a.s.) mother) in order to console her for the death of Ja’far-ibn-Muhammad (a.s.). Then she wept and he wept because of her weeping. After that, she said: ‘O’ Aba Muhammad! If you had seen Ja’far-ibn-Muhammad when he was on his deathbed, you would have observed a wonderful thing: He opened his eyes and said to gather all of his relatives.’ Then, she continued saying that they gathered them all with no exception. Then he (a.s.) looked at them and said: ‘Verily, our intercession does not reach the one who takes prayers lightly.”  

Wasa’il-ush-Shi’ah, vol. 4, p. 26

The Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h.) said: “The worship done by the one who earns his living on unlawful money is similar to a building constructed upon sand.”

Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 84, p. 258

Midnight Prayers

The Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h.) said: “The honour of a believer lies in his vigilance at night and his esteem lies in his autonomy from people.”

Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 82, p. 202

Imam Amir-ul-Mu’mineen Ali (a.s.) said: “He who sleeps too much at night, will lose something of his deeds (i.e., night prayers) which he cannot gain during the day-time.”

Qurar-ul-Hikam, p. 289

Imam Sadiq (a.s.) said that Allah (s.w.t.) in a revelation told Moses, the son of Imran (a.s.): “O’ you son of Imran! those who only claim that they love Me, tell a lie, for when the night falls they neglect Me.”

Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 13, p. 329

Imam Sadiq (a.s.) said: “Never miss midnight prayers! because, in fact, the real loser is he who misses (the advantage of) the midnight prayer.”

Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 83, p. 127

Imam Sadiq (a.s.) said: “The Messenger of Allah (p.b.u.h.) told Gabriel to preach to him, and he said: ‘Live howsoever you like but you will surely die; love whatsoever you like but you will surely depart from it; do whatsoever you like but you will certainly meet it (and receive its reward). The honour of a (Muslim) believer is his mid-night prayers, and his nobility is his refraining from (ruining) people’s reputation.”

Khisal by Saduq, p. 7

Imam Sadiq (a.s.) said: “There are three things which are the honour of a believer and his ornament both in this world and the next. They are: prayers in the last part of night (night prayers), not coveting what people posses in their hands, and the love (and leadership) of Imam from the progeny of Muhammad (p.b.u.h.).”

Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 75, p. 107

Imam Muhammad-ibn-Ali, Jawad-ul-A’immah, (a.s.) said: “He who has confidence in Allah, sees joy; and he who trusts on Him, He will suffice his affairs.”

Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 78, p. 79

Imam Sadiq (a.s.) said: “Never miss midnight prayers! because, in fact, the real loser is he who misses (the advantage of) the midnight prayer.”

Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 83, p. 127

Faith in Allah and Attaining His Pleasure

Imam Sadiq (a.s.) said: “My father said to me about his father (a.s.) that a man from Kufah wrote to his father viz. to al-Husayn-ibn-Ali (a.s.), asking him (a.s.) to inform him of the good of this world and that of the next. Then he (a.s.) wrote (in his reply): ‘In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.’ After that: ‘Verily, he who seeks the pleasure of Allah even while displeasing people, He suffices him in his affairs with people. But, he who seeks the pleasure of people while Allah is displeased, He leaves him to people (and he will be far from His Grace), Was-salam’.”

Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 71, p. 208

Imam Ali-ibn-il-Husayn (a.s.) said: “He who acts according to what Allah has enjoined for him, is of the best people.”

Al-Kafi, vol. 2, p. 81

Imam Sadiq (a.s.) said: “The one who loves for Allah, hates for Allah, and donates (things) for Allah, thus the one is of those whose Faith is complete.”

Al-Kafi, vol. 2, p. 124

Imam Hasan Askari, the eleventh Imam, (a.s.) said: “There are no qualities above these two: Faith in Allah and being beneficial to Muslims.”

Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 17, p. 218

Judged People Based on Their Piety and Good Deeds

Judged People Based on Their Piety and Good Deeds

According to the Islamic thought, value is based on deeds, and this is the person who builds up his/her own character. Every person is judged, gains superiority, and reaches salvation based on his/her deeds and acts. No one can rely on his/her family ties, social level, ethnic… to give up work and effort. Similarly, based on the aforementioned factors, it is against the Islamic thought that one presumes his/her good destiny as a means to consider him/her superior to the others in this world. Islam has taught that the sole way towards progress for a person is his/her deeds and efforts.

In their teachings, our religious Masters have always introduced people to this principle; even they have taught their own family members not to rely on family nobleness, give up good deeds, and create unreal myths.

Imam Ali bin Musa al-Raza (A.S.) was no exception from this rule; he would judge people based on their piety and good deeds. He never discriminated between white and black, rich and poor, and people from different tribes and ethnics; he recognized piety, belief in Allah (SWT), and good deeds as the criteria for superiority.

Once, a man told Imam Raza (A.S.), ”I swear to God that there is no one superior to you in terms of ancestry and lineage”.

Imam (A.S.) replied,”Piety made them (my ancestors) superior, and obedience of Allah (SWT) made them reach such a high status (1)”.

Another time, a man told the Imam, “I swear to God that you are the best of the people.”

Imam Raza (A.S.) replied,”Do not swear! Better than me is the person who is more obedient to Allah (SWT) and more abstinent from His disobedience. By Allah (SWT) this verse has not been abrogated:”…and (we have) made you tribes and families that you may know each other; surely the most honorable of you with Allah is the one among you most careful (of his duty) (pious)… (2)(3)”.

This kind of attitude and treatment of Imam Raza (A.S.) even included his own family members. The Imam had a brother whose name was “Zayd”. Due to his greed for position, Zayd did not accept Imam Raza’s (A.S.) Imamate and called people to himself.

One day, Zayd was brought to Imam Raza (A.S.). Imam Raza (A.S.) said to him, ”O Zayd! It seems that the ignoble people of Kufa have deceived you by saying that Allah (SWT) has abandoned the children of Fatimah (A.S.) from the fire of Hell because He has purified her womb. What you have heard is only true for Hasan and Husain (A.S.)… If you believe that you and Musa bin Ja’far (A.S.), who obeyed Allah (SWT), both will enter the paradise, you have to be more honorable than him in the eyes of Allah (SWT). By Allah (SWT) no one would reach the Divine awards except by obedience to Allah (SWT); however, you assume that you can gain reward by His disobedience”.

Zayd said,” I am your brother and the son of your father”.

Imam Raza (A.S.) replied,”You are my brother as long as you obey the commandments of Allah (SWT), as Noah (A.S.) said (to his Lord),” My Lord! Surely my son is of my family, and your promise is surely true, and you are the most just of the judges (4)”, but Allah (SWT) replied,”O Noah! He is not of your family, his conduct is unrighteous… (5)” Therefore, disobedience to Allah (SWT) excluded him from the family of Noah (A.S.)(6)”.

It is so that Imam Raza (A.S.)considers obedience to Allah (SWT), good deeds, and piety as the criteria for his and the other Imams’ superiority, and notifies that the award or punishment from Allah (SWT) is solely based one one’s deeds and acts.

But how do we judge people and what do we consider as the criteria for superiority? Wealth, beauty, power, fame… or none…

And most important of all, what do we consider as our virtues? What kind of behavior do we choose for ourselves? What are our criteria in life?

Footnotes:
1. Uyun Akhbar al-Raza, vol. 2, p. 236
2. The Holy Quran, (49:13)
3. Uyun Akhbar al-Raza, vol. 2, p. 236
4. The Holy Quran, (11:45)
5. The Holy Quran, (11:46)
6. Uyun Akhbar al-Raza, vol. 2, p. 234

Knowing Allah, His Greatness and His Grace

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Imam Sajjad, the fourth Imam, (a.s.) said: “All Praise is only Allah’s, and praise is His right: an illimitable praise that suits Him. I refuge to Him from my own self of evils: verily, the (human) self is certainly prone to do evil except such as my Lord has had mercy on. I refuge to Him from the evil of Satan who always increases me a sin to my sins. I refuge to Him from any immoral opposer, cruel king, and forceful enemy.”

“0′ Lord! assign me as one of Your soldiers, because it is sure that Your troops are totally victorious; and assign me among Your party, for truly, it is Your party that will achieve Felicity; and accept me as one of Your lovers, for, certainly, on the lovers of Allah there is no fear, nor shall they grieve.”

“0′ Lord! improve my religion for me, for surely it is a divine protection on all my affairs; and improve my next world for me, because, no doubt, it is my permanent abode for me to escape from the scornful people, and assign my life for me in increasing any goodness, and my death a means of my freeing from any malady.”

“0′ Lord! bless Muhammad, the final prophet of all the members of Messengers, and his pure progeny, as well as his gentle companions, and bestow me three necessities today: do not hold any sin for me except that You forgive it nor a grieve but You remove it, nor any enemy but You send him away via the appellation of Allah which is the best names, i.e. By the Name of Allah, the Lord of the earth and heaven …”

Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 90, p. 187 & Sahifah Sajjadiyyah, p. 572.

 

The Holy Prophet (p.bu.h.) said: “O’ people! verily, there is no prophet after me, nor any Ummah after you (Muslims). So, take care to worship your Lord, perform your five ritual prayers, fast in the appointed month (Ramadhan), make Pilgrimage to the House of your Lord (Mecca), give the alms of your wealth in order to purify your souls thereby, and obey the Holders of Authority, so that you enter the Paradise of your Lord.”

Khisal-i-Saduq, p.152

Imam Amir-ul-Mu’mineen Ali (a.s.) said: “Having the Greatness of the Creator in your mind would make you realise the insignificance of the creatures in your view.”

Nahjul-Balagha, Statement 129

Imam Amir-ul-Mu’mineen Ali (a.s.) said: “Blessed is he who sincerely devotes the entirity of his actions, knowledge, love, hatred, receiving, relinquishing, speech, silence, deeds and statements absolutely to Allah.”

Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 77, p.289

Imam Sadiq (a.s.) said: “The heart is the sanctuary of Allah, therefore, do not settle therein anything but Allah.” (The sacred place of the heart belongs to Allah and Him alone. Therefore, keep the love of the world out of it.)

Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 70, p. 25

Imam Sadiq (a.s.) said: “Our true followers are those who, when they are alone, remember Allah abundantly.” (That is, they avoid committing vices in private where there is no barrier for them to commit sin by the mere remembrance of Allah.)

Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 93, p. 162

Imam Baqir (a.s.) said: “By Allah, He, the Exalted, expects of people but two traits; that they confess for Him the blessings in order that He increases His bounties for them; and that they make confessions about their evil actions and then He forgives those sins for them.”

Al-Kafi, vol. 2, p. 426

Imam Husayn-ibn-Ali (a.s.) said: “Verily, Allah, the Exalted, has not created human beings except for recognising Him and worshipping Him as (the consequence of ) knowing Him; and when they worship Him they would lack the need of adoring any human being (or things) other than Him because of that worship.”

Safinat-ul-Bihar, vol. 2, p. 180

Imam Ali-ibn-ul-Husayn (a.s.) said: “There is no destruction (Hell) for a believer having three qualities: Confessing that there is no god besides Allah, the One Who has no partner; the intercession of the Messenger of Allah; and the vastness of the Grace of Allah.”

Safinat-ul-Bihar, p. 517

Aane Wala Aayega Pyam Azmi

Aik rooz ye manzar badlega, aik din ye chaman lehrayega
gulshan me chalegi aysi hawa, ye dour-e-khaza mit jayega
ye dharti sona uglegi, ye chargh gohr barsayega
aik din ye nizam-e-zulm wo sitam, qud zaalim ko rulwayega
 
qanjar ka kaleja kanpega, talwaar ka sar jhuk jayega
sab thaat pada rehjayega, jab aane wala aayega
 
 
 
Hai azme Khalili sinoan me, sholoan me phool khila denge
Hathoan me nihan hai zoore Ali, Khaiber ka saman dikhla denge
Abbas-e-dilawar ke waris, har ek ki pyas bhuja denge
Ye nasl wa mulk wa rango watan, ki sab diware gira denge
 
Is waqat fiza-e-alam me, bas ek Alam lehraega

sab thaat pada rehjayega, jab aane wala aayega

 

Ro lo azizo! Phir kahan tum aur ye din kahaan

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Ro lo azizo! Phir kahan tum aur ye din kahaan
Aglay baras jo zinda thay hain khaak mein nahaan

 

Kya ai’temad zeesth ka dunya ke darmiyaan
Paik e ajal se dahr mein milti hai kab amaan

 

Kahe ko is sawaab ko haatho se kho o tum
Aainda saal ho ke na ho khoob ro o tum

 

Ya Rabb! Jahan e nazm e riyazat hara rahe
Gulshan ye hum jiloon se phoola phala rahe

 

Ahle azaa pe saaya e mushkil kusha rahe
Daamaan gul e ummeed se har dam bhara rahe

 

Is nazm ka Anees tujhe phir sila miley
Sadqe se Panjetan ke jo ho muddu’a miley

 

From Ay Momino! Hussain ka matam akheer hai

 

by Mir Babar Ali Anees (1803-1874)

 

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Libaas hai phata hua, ghubaar meiN ata hua
tamaam jism e naazneeN, chida hua, kata hua
yeh kaun zeewaqaar hai, bala ka shahsawaar hai
ke hai hazaaroN qaatiloN ke saamne data hua

 

From Shahsawaar-e-Karbala

 

by Hafeez Jalandhari

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