Knowledge gives life to the soul - Imam Ali
Nov, 15 20186 Rabi Al Awwal 1440


الخَير


GOOD




الخَيرِ /Good

1ـ رسولُ اللهِ‏ِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ) : مَنْ يَزرَعْ خَيراً يُوشِكْ أنْ يَحْصِدَ خَيراً.
1– The Prophet (SAWA) said, ‘The one who sows good is bound to reap good.’
[Bihar al-Anwar, v. 77, p. 76, no. 3]

2ـ الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : فِعلُ الخَيرِ ذَخيرَةٌ باقِيَةٌ ، وثَمَرةٌ زاكِيَةٌ.
2– Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘A good action is an ever-remaining store and a pure yield.’
[Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 6545]


الخَير


GOOD




3ـ الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : غارِسُ شَجَرةِ الخَيرِ يَجْتَنيها أحْلى ثَمَرةٍ.
3– Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘The one who plants the tree of goodness will reap the sweetest fruit.’
[Ghurar al-Hikam,. no. 6442]

4ـ الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : مَن فَعلَ الخَيرَ فبِنَفْسِه بَدَأ.
4– Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘The one who does good will be the first to reap its result.’
[Ghurar al-Hikam,. no. 8177]

5ـ الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : الخَيرُ أسهَلُ‏مِن‏فِعلِ‏الشَّرِّ .
5– Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘A good action is easier
[to do] than a bad one.’
[Ghurar al-Hikam,. no. 1199]

جَوامِعُ الخَيرِ / Actions encompassed by Goodness

6ـ رسولُ اللهِ‏ِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ) : جِماعُ الخَيرِ خَشيَةُ اللّه‏ِ .
6– The Prophet (SAWA) said, ‘All of goodness lies in the awe of Allah.’
[Tanbih al-Khawatir, v. 2, p. 122]

7ـ الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : ثَلاثٌ هُنَّ جِماعُ الخَيرِ : إسْداءُ النِّعَمِ ، ورِعايَةُ الذِّمَمِ ، وصِلَةُ الرَّحِمِ .
7– Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘Three things sum up all of goodness: bestowing of favours, maintaining covenants and pacts, and strengthening blood-kinship.’
[Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 4675]

8ـ الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : جِماعُ الخَيرِ في العَملِ بما يَبقى ، والاسْتِهانَةِ بما يَفنى.
8– Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘All of goodness is contained in those actions which remain, and in contempt for all that is transient.’
[Ghurar al-Hikam,. no. 4735]

9ـ الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : جِماعُ الخَيرِ في المُوالاةِ في اللّه‏ِ ، والمُعاداةِ في اللّه‏ِ ، والمَحبَّةِ في اللّه‏ِ ، والبُغْضِ في اللّه‏ِ.
9– Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘All of goodness is in friendship for the sake of Allah, enmity for the sake of Allah, love for the sake of Allah and hate for the sake of Allah.’
[Ghurar al-Hikam,. no. 4781]

10ـ الإمامُ زينُ العابدينَ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : رأيتُ الخَيرَ كُلَّهَ قدِ اجْتَمَعَ في قَطْعِ الطَّمَعِ عَمّا في أيْدي النّاسِ.
10- Imam Zayn al-Abidin (AS) said, ‘I saw goodness in its entirety was summed up in cutting off one’s greed for other people’s possessions.’
[Bihar al-Anwar, v. 73, p. 171, no. 10]

11ـ الإمامُ زينُ العابدينَ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : الخَيرُ كُلُّهُ صِيانَةُ الإنْسانِ نَفْسَهُ.
11– Imam Zayn al-Abidin (AS) said, ‘Goodness in its entirety is man’s guarding over himself.’
[Tuhaf al-`Uqoul, no. 278]

ما يُنالُ بِهِ خَيرُ الدُّنيا وَالآخِرَةِ / How the Good of this World and the Hereafter is Obtained

12ـ رسولُ اللهِ‏ِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ) : أربَعٌ مَن اُعْطِيَهُنَّ فَقَد اُعْطِيَ خَيرَ الدُّنيا والآخِرَةِ : بَدناً صابِراً ، ولِساناً ذاكِراً ، وقَلْباً شاكِراً ، وزَوْجَةً صالِحَةً .
12– The Prophet (SAWA) said, ‘There are four things which when given to someone, they have indeed been given the good of this world and the Hereafter: a persevering body, a remembering tongue, a thankful heart and a righteous wife.’
[Mustadrak al-Wasail, v. 2, p. 414, no. 2338]

13ـ الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : جُمِعَ خَيرُ الدُّنيا والآخِرَةِ في كِتْمانِ السِّرِّ ومُصادَقَةِ الأخْيارِ .
13– Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘The good of this world and the Hereafter has been brought together in the concealing of secrets and the befriending of good people.’
[Bihar al-Anwar, v. 74, p. 178, no. 17]

14ـ الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : ثلاثٌ مَن كُنَّ فيهِ فَقَد رُزِقَ خَيرَ الدُّنيا والآخِرَةِ ، هُنَّ : الرِّضا بالقَضاءِ ، والصّبرُ على البَلاءِ ، والشُّكْرُ في الرَّخاءِ .
14– Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘There are three things which if one possesses, they have been endowed with the good of this world and the Hereafter. They are: contentment with
[Allah’s] decree, patience in the face of tribulation, and thankfulness in times of ease.’
[Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 4670]

15ـ الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : ما أعطى اللّه‏ُ سُبحانَهُ العَبدَ شيئا مِن خَيرِ الدُّنيا والآخِرَةِ إلّا بحُسْنِ خُلقِهِ وحُسنِ نِيَّتِهِ .
15– Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘Allah – glory be to Him - does not give His servant any good of this world or the Hereafter except as a result of his good nature and good intention.’
[Ghurar al-Hikam,. no. 9670]

16ـ الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : أربَعٌ مَن اُعْطِيَهُنَّ فَقَد اُعْطِيَ خَيرَ الدُّنيا والآخِرَة : صِدقُ حَديثٍ ، وأداءُ أمانَةٍ ، وعِفَّةُ بَطْنٍ ، وحُسنُ خُلقٍ.
16– Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘There are four things which when given to someone, they have indeed been given the good of this world and the Hereafter: truthful speech, fulfilment of trust, restraint in
[filling] one’s stomach, and a good nature.’
[Ghurar al-Hikam,. no. 2142]

تَفسيرُ الخَيرِ / Explanation of Good

17ـ الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : لَيـسَ الخَـيرُ أنْ يَكْثُرَ مالُكَ وولـدُكَ ، ولكـنَّ الخَيرَ أنْ يَكْثُرَ عِلمُكَ ، وأنْ يَعْظُمَ حِلمُكَ ، وأن تُباهِيَ النّاسَ بِعبادَةِ ربِّكَ ، فإنْ أحسَنْتَ حَمِدْتَ اللّه‏َ ، و إن أسَأتَ اسْتَغْفَرتَ اللّه‏َ.
17– Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘Goodness does not lie in the increase of your wealth and of your progeny, rather goodness lies in the increase of your knowledge, and the heightening of your clemency, and in your vying with other people in the worship of Allah. If you do good then you should praise Allah, but if you commit evil then seek forgiveness from Allah.’
[Nahj al-Balagha, Saying 94]

18ـ الإمامُ الحسنُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : الخَيرُ الّذي لا شَرَّ فيهِ: الشُّكرُ مَع النِّعمَةِ ، والصَّبرُ على النّازِلَةِ.
18– Imam al-Hasan (AS) said, ‘Absolute goodness that is untainted with evil is being thankful for bounties and having patience in calamity.’
[Tuhaf al-`Uqoul, no. 234]

إذا أرادَ اللّه‏ُ بِعَبدٍ خَيراً / When Allah Wants Good for a Servant

19ـ رسولُ اللهِ‏ِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ) : إذا أرادَ اللّه‏ُ عزّوجلّ بعَبدٍ خَيراً فَقَّهَهُ في الدِّينِ، وزَهَّدَهُ في الدُّنيا، وبَصَّرَهُ بعُيوبِ نَفْسِهِ.
19– The Prophet (SAWA) said, ‘When Allah wants good for a servant, He makes him proficient in the knowledge of religion, induces him to abstain from the world and gives him insight into his own faults.’
[Bihar al-Anwar, v. 77, p. 80, no. 3]

20ـ رسولُ اللهِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ) : إذا أرادَ اللّه‏ُ بعَبـدٍ خَيـراً عاتَبَـهُ في مَنامِهِ.
20– The Prophet (SAWA) said, ‘When Allah wants good for a servant, He censures him in his dreams.’
[Kanz al-`Ummal, no. 30765]

21ـ رسول اللّه‏ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ) ـ : إذا أرادَ اللّه ‏ُبعَبدٍ خَيراً عَسَلَهُ . قيلَ : وما عَسَلَهُ؟ قالَ : يَفتَحُ لَهُ عمَلاً صالِحاً قَبلَ مَوتِهِ ثُمَّ يَقْبِضُهُ علَيهِ .
21– The Prophet (SAWA) said, ‘When Allah wants good for a servant, He sweetens his affairs’, at which he was asked, ‘How does He sweeten affairs?’ The Prophet (SAWA) replied, ‘He opens the way for him to do righteous deeds before his death and causes him to die in the state of doing good.’
[Kanz al-`Ummal, no. 30763]

22ـ الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : إذا أرادَ اللّه‏ُ بعَبدٍ خَيراً ألْهَمَهُ الْقَناعَةَ ، وأصْلَحَ لَه زَوجَهُ .
22– Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘When Allah wants good for a servant, He inspires him with contentment and gives him a righteous spouse.’
[Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 4115]

23ـ الإمامُ الصّادقُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : إنَّ اللّه‏َ عزّوجلّ إذا أرادَ بعَبدٍ خَيراً نَكَتَ في قَلبِهِ نُكْتَةً بَيْضاءَ ، فَجالَ القَلبُ بطَلَبِ الحقِّ ، ثُمَّ هُو إلى أمْرِكُم أسْرَعُ مِن الطّيرِ إلى وَكْرِهِ .
23– Imam al-Sadiq (AS) said, ‘Verily when Allah wants good for a servant, He marks his heart with a white spot so that his heart is occupied with seeking the truth, then He is faster at fulfilling your needs than a bird flying to its nest.’
[Bihar al-Anwar, v. 78, p. 292, no. 2]

إذا أرادَ اللّه‏ُ بِقَومٍ خَيراً / If Allah Wants Good for a Community

24ـ رسولُ اللهِ‏ِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ) : إذا أرادَ اللّه‏ُ بقَومٍ خَيراً أكثَرَ فُقَهاءَهُم وأقَلَّ جُهّالَهُم ، فإذا تكَلّمَ الفقيهُ وَجدَ أعْوانـاً، و إذا تَكلَّمَ الجـاهِلُ قُهِـرَ .
24– The Prophet (SAWA) said, ‘When Allah wants good for a community, He increases their scholars and decreases their ignorant ones, so when the scholar speaks, he finds supporters, but when the ignorant one speaks, he is defeated.’
[Kanz al-`Ummal, no. 28692]

25ـ رسولُ اللهِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ) : إنَّ اللّه‏َ تباركَ وتعالى إذا أرادَ بقَومٍ بَقاءً أو نَمـاءً رزَقَهُـمُ القَصْـدَ والعَفافَ.
25– The Prophet (SAWA) said, ‘Verily when Allah – Blessed and most High – wants a community to remain and thrive, He endows them with aspiration and chastity.’
[al-Durr al-Manthur, v. 3, p. 270]

26ـ رسولُ اللهِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ) : إذا أرادَ اللّه‏ُ بأهلِ بَيْتٍ خَيراً فَقّهَهُم في الدِّينِ ، ووقَّرَ صَغيرُهُم كبيرَهُم ، ورزَقَهُمُ الرِّفقَ في مَعيشَتِهِم ، والقَصْدَ في نَفَقاتِهِم ، وبَصّرَهُم عُيوبَهُم فيَتُوبوا مِنها ، و إذا أرادَ بِهم غيرَ ذلكَ تَرَكهُم هَمَلاً.
26– The Prophet (SAWA) said, ‘When Allah wants good for a household, He makes them proficient in the knowledge of religion, He causes the younger ones from among them to revere the elders, He bestows them with moderation in their livelihood and with economy in their spending, He gives them insight into their faults, thus causing them to repent, and when He wants other than that
[i.e. good for them] then He leaves them unattended.’

الحَثُّ عَلَى المُبادَرَةِ إلَى الخَيراتِ / Enjoinment of Hastening to Undertake Good Deeds

27ـ رسولُ اللهِ‏ِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ) : مَن فُتِحَ لَهُ بابُ خَيرٍ فَلْيَنْتَهِزْهُ ، فإنَّهُ لا يَدْري مَتى يُغْلَقُ عَنهُ.
27– The Prophet (SAWA) said, ‘He for whom a door of goodness is opened must seize the opportunity for verily he does not know when it will close.’
[Bihar al-Anwar, v. 77, p. 165, no. 2]

28ـ رسولُ اللهِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ) : إنَّ اللّه‏َ يُحِبُّ مِن الخَيرِ ما يُعجَّلُ.
28– The Prophet (SAWA) said, ‘Verily Allah loves those good actions which are hastened towards.’
[al-Kafi, v. 2, p. 142, no. 4]

29ـ الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : بادِروا بعَملِ الخَيرِ قَبلَ أنْ تُشْغَلوا عَنه بغَيرِهِ .
29– Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘Rush to undertake good actions before you are preoccupied with other things.’
[al-Khisal, p. 620, no. 10]

30ـ الإمامُ الصّادقُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : كانَ أبي يَقولُ : إذا هَمَمْتَ بخَيرٍ فبادِرْ ، فإنَّكَ لا تَدْري ما يَحْدُثُ .
30– Imam al-Sadiq (AS) said, ‘My father used to say, ‘When you intend to do a good thing, then hasten to undertake it for you do not know what will happen.’
[al-Kafi, v. 2, p. 142, no. 3]

خَيرُ الاُمورِ / The Best of Matters

31ـ رسولُ اللهِ‏ِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ) : خَيرُ الاُمورِ عَزائمُها ، وشَرُّ الاُمورِ مُحْدَثاتُها .
31– The Prophet (SAWA) said, ‘The best of matters are the religious obligations and the worst of them are the innovations.’
[al-Ikhtisas, p. 342]

32ـ رسولُ اللهِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ) : خَيرُالاُمورِ خَيرُها عاقِبَةً .
32– The Prophet (SAWA) said, ‘The best of matters are those with the best outcomes.’
[Amali al-Saduq, p. 395, no. 1]

33ـ الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : خَيرُ الاُمورِ ما سَهُلَتْ مَبادِئُهُ ، وحَسُنَتْ خَواتِمُهُ ، وحُمِدَتْ عواقِبُهُ .
33– Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘The best of matters are those that are easy to start, pleasant to finish and whose outcome is praiseworthy.’
[Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 5032]

34ـ الإمامُ الكاظمُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : خَيرُ الاُمورِأوْسَطُها .
34– Imam al-Kazim (AS) said, ‘The best matters are those of the middle way.’
[Bihar al-Anwar, v. 76, p. 292, no. 16]

النَّهيُ عَن تَحقيرِ القَليلِ مِنَ الخَيرِ / Prohibition of Contempt for Little Good

35ـ الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : افْعَلوا الخَيرَ ولا تَحْقِرُوا مِنهُ شيئا ؛ فإنَّ صَغيرَهُ كَبيرٌ ، وقَليلَهُ كَثيرٌ.
35– Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘Do good and do not underestimate it at all, for verily a little good is actually a lot and a small amount of it is much.’
[Nahj al-Balagha, Saying 422]

36ـ الإمامُ الصّادقُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : لا تُصَغِّرْ شيئا مِن الخَيرِ ، فإنّكَ تَراهُ غداً حَيثُ يَسُرُّكَ.
36– Imam al-Sadiq (AS) said, ‘Do not belittle anything that is good, for verily you will see it tomorrow and it will make you happy.’
[Bihar al-Anwar, v. 71, p. 182, no. 37]

ميزانُ الخَيرِ وَالشَّرِّ / The Criteria for Good and Evil

37ـ الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : إنّ الخَيرَ والشّرَّ لا يُعْرَفانِ إلّا بالنّاسِ، فإذا أرَدتَ أنْ تَعرِفَ الخَيرَ فَاعْمَلِ الخَيرَ تَعرِفْ أهلَهُ ، و إذا أرَدتَ أنْ تَعرِفَ الشَّرَّ فاعْمَلِ الشَّرَّ تَعرِفْ أهلَهُ.
37– Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘Verily good and evil can only be known through people, so if you want to know good then do good and you will know its people, and if you want to know evil then commit evil and you will know its people.’
[Bihar al-Anwar, v. 78, p. 41, no. 26]

صِفاتُ أهلِ الخَيرِ / The Characteristics of Good People

38ـ في حديثِ المِعراجِ : يا أحمدُ ، إنَّ أهلَ الخَيرِ وأهلَ الآخِرَةِ رَقيقَةٌ وُجوهُهم، كثيرٌحَياؤهُم، قليلٌ حُمْقُهُم ، كثيرٌ نَفْعُهُم ، قليلٌ مَكْرُهُم ، النّاسُ مِنْهم في راحَةٍ، وأنفسُهُم مِنْهم في تَعَبٍ ، كلامُهُم مَوْزونٌ ، مُحاسِبينَ لأنفُسِهِم مُتْعِبينَ لَها ، تَنامُ أعيُنُهم ولا تَنامُ قلوبُهُم ، أعينُهُم باكِيَةٌ، وقُلوبُهُم ذاكِرَةٌ . إذا كُتِبَ النّاسُ مِن الغافِلينَ كُتِبوا مِن الذّاكِرينَ ... لا يَشْغَلُهُم عَنِ اللّه‏ِ شَيءٌ طَرْفَةَ عَينٍ، ولا يُريدونَ كَثْرَةَ الطَّعامِ ، ولا كَثرةَ الكلامِ ، ولا كَثرةَ اللِّباسِ . النّاسُ عِندَهُم مَوْتى، واللّه‏ُ عِندَهُم حيٌّ قَيّومٌ.
38– It is narrated in the tradition recounting the Prophet’s Ascension to the Heavens (al-mi`araj) that Allah addresses the Prophet (SAWA) saying, ‘O Ahmad, Verily the good people and the people worthy of a good Hereafter have gentle countenances and much modesty, they possess little foolishness, they are of much benefit and they are seldom deceptive. People are at ease when with them whereas their souls are exhausted on account of them. Their words are balanced, they take account of their souls and exhaust them
[through making them perform good]. Their eyes sleep but their hearts do not, their eyes weep and their hearts are remembering. When people are recorded as being neglectful, they are recorded amongst the remembering ones… Nothing preoccupies them from Allah for a split second. They do not desire much food, neither wish to speak much nor have many clothes. According to them, people are dead and Allah is the Living One, the All-Sustainer.’
[Bihar al-Anwar, v. 77, p. 24, no. 6]

ما هُوَ أفضَلُ مِنَ الخَيرِ / What is Better Than Goodness

39ـ الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : لَيسَ بخَيرٍ مِنَ الخَيرِ إلّا ثَوابُهُ.
39– Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘There is nothing better than goodness except its own reward.’
[Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 7487]

40ـ الإمامُ الصّادقُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : أحْسنُ مِن الصِّدقِ قائلُهُ ، وخَيرٌ مِن الخَيرِ فاعِلُهُ.
40– Imam al-Sadiq (AS) said, ‘Better than truthfulness is the one who practices it, and better than good is its doer.’
[Amali al-Tusi, p. 223, no. 385]

41ـ الإمامُ الهاديُّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : خَيرٌ مِن الخَيرِ فاعِلُهُ ، وأجمَلُ مِن الجَميلِ قائلُهُ، وأرجَحُ مِن العِلمِ حامِلُهُ.
41– Imam al-Hadi (AS) said, ‘Better than good is its doer, more beautiful than beautiful words is the one who says them and weightier than knowledge is the one who carries it.’
[Bihar al-Anwar, v. 78, p. 370, no. 4]

قيمَةُ الدَّلالةِ عَلَى الخَيرِ / The Worth of One Who Guides Towards Good

42ـ رسولُ اللهِ‏ِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ) : الدّالُّ على الخَيرِ كفاعِلِهِ.
42– The Prophet (SAWA) said, ‘The one who guides towards good is just as its doer.’
[Kanz al-`Ummal, no. 16052]

43ـ رسولُ اللهِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ) : مَن دَلَّ على خَيرٍ فلَهُ مِثْلُ أجْرِ فاعِلِهِ .
43– The Prophet (SAWA) said, ‘He who guides towards good has the same reward as the one who does it.’
[Sahihe Muslim, no. 1893]

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