Is there any incurable disease?

The Holy Prophet of Islam (peace be upon him and his progeny) said:
ما أَنْزَلَ اللّهُ مِنْ داء إلاّ جَعَلَ لَهُ دَواء

God has not created any disease unless he has created a remedy for it.1

Brief Description
The world in which we live is a series of actions and reactions. For every negative power there is a corresponding positive and corrective power which should be found and used. Continuation of our life is the effect of balance in these powers. There is neither an incurable corporeal disease, nor is there any social problem that cannot be solved. These who assume that certain complex problems have no solution or that some diseases have no cure, neglect this important fact that in essence there is no such thing as an incurable disease.
Therefore, one should not give up. One should persevere and keep on working on the life’s intractable issues with patience and tenacity until a solution is found.[divider]
•    1. Nahjul Fasahah

What are the signs of an oppressor?

Imam ‘Ali (a.s.) said:
لِلظّالِمِ ثلاثُ عَلامات: يَظْلِمُ مَنَ فَوْقَهُ بِالْمَعْصِيَةِ وَ مَنْ دُوْنَهُ بِالْغَلَبَةِ، وَ يُظاهِرُ الْقَوْمَ الظَّلَمَةِ

The oppressor has three signs: oppresses those who are higher than him through opposition and disobedience, and oppresses those who are inferior to him through violence and predominance, and cooperates with other oppressors.1

Brief Description
When the ugly urge to oppress becomes ingrained and dominates one’s mind, it shows up in different ways depending on the situation. If he cannot oppress overtly a strong opponent, the oppression takes subtle forms like disobedience and dereliction of duties. Against the weak, the oppressor resorts to open aggression, force, violence and injustice. Another sign of an oppressor is that he selects his friends and companions from among the unjust.[divider]
•    1. Nahjul Balaghah



Imam ‘Ali (a.s.) said:
اَلْغِيْبَةُ جُهْدُ الْعاجِزِ

Backbiting is the last effort of weak people.1

Brief Description
Few sins can be found among the capital sins that indicate meanness, weakness, humiliation, and cowardice like backbiting does.
Backbiters falsely blame and ascribe faults to others and damage reputations to satiate the fire of their envy and malice. They are weak and mean persons who do not have the courage to confront their victims with their baseless and unfair criticisms and can only stab others in the back.
It is mentioned in one of the traditions that even if a backbiter repents and the repentance is accepted, he shall be the last one entering paradise. Otherwise, he would be the first one entering hell.[divider]
•    1. Nahjul Balaghah

Difficult but pleasant. Easy but painful


Imam ‘Ali (a.s.) said:
إنَّ الْحَقَّ ثَقِيْلٌ مَرِىءٌ، وَ إنَّ الْباطِلَ حَفِيفٌ وَبِىْءٌ

Truth is heavy and difficult but pleasant, and falsehood is light and easy but painful and dangerous. 1

Brief Description
How eloquent and interesting is this one short sentence of Imam ‘Ali (a.s.) to describe truth and falsehood! Usually truth has a harsh appearance and occasionally a bitter taste but has very pleasant results. It is easily absorbed by the body and society is strengthened thereby.
On the other hand, falsehood comes easily and sometimes tastes very sweet, but its effect is fatal. It is like a delicious but poisonous food whose destructive effect on the heart, stomach, and intestines becomes manifest when it is swallowed. The poison of falsehood also destroys different organs of society.[divider]
•    1. Bihar al-Anwar, volume 70, page 107

Man, what is your price?


Imam ‘Ali (a.s.) said:
إنَّهُ لَيْسَ لاِنْفُسِكُمْ ثَمَنٌ إلاّ الْجَنَّةُ فَلا تَبِيْعُوها إِلاَّ بِها

(Be aware) no price is good enough for you except everlasting prosperity and paradise, so do not exchange it for any other price.1

Brief Description
Usually when somebody is asked about the price of his life, he cannot name a price. No price is high enough.
However, in reality, he exchanges this precious life gradually, day by day, for a very small price indeed. And, lo and behold, he wakes up one fine day towards the end of his life, to find that he has sold off this priceless asset in exchange for a house or a car or a country villa, which he will soon leave behind in any case … when death comes knocking at the door !
Imam ‘Ali (a.s.) says that nothing whatsoever of the material treasures of this world is worthy enough to be exchanged with the capital of your life. The only thing worth selling your life for is God’s satisfaction, human and spiritual development that leads to an everlasting prosperity in paradise. This is the thing to buy with your life; it is worthy of every endeavor, attempt and sacrifice one can make.[divider]
•    1. Nahjul Balaghah

World is created for what?

Imam ‘Ali (a.s.) said:
اَلدُّنْيا خُلِقَتْ لِغَيْرِها وَ لَمْ تُخْلَقْ لِنَفْسِها

World is created for another purpose, not for itself. 1

Brief Description
People sometimes have difficulty comprehending the nature of this world. They find one set of interpretations of verses and speeches commending the world and its material tools, introducing it as a house of commerce or farm of saints. And then they find verses and speeches blaming it and calling it dangerous, deceptive and source of conceit.
The above tradition clarifies the issue succinctly indicating that when the world and its material tools are used as a means of attaining human development and justice and prosperity for all, it is to be valued and commended. But when it is considered as an end in itself, just for immediate and inordinate fulfillment of desires, with no higher purpose, and causes rebellion, conceit and obstinacy, it becomes hateful and dangerous.[divider]
•    1. Safinat’ul-Bihar, Bihar Al-Anwar vol70, page 133, Sharh Nahj Albalagha, vol 20, page 181, Nahj Albalagha page 557

Some signs of a believer

Imam As-Sadiq (a.s.) said:
اَلْمُؤْمِنُ حَسَنُ الْمَعُونَةِ خَفِيفُ الْمَؤُنَةِ، جَيِّدُ التَّدْبِيرِ لِمَعِيْشَتِهِ لا يَلْسَعُ مِنْ جُحْر مَرَّتَيْنِ

A believer provides valuable assistance, has low expenditure, and is prudent in life, and is never bitten twice from one hole (never inflicted twice from one source). 1

Brief Description
Belief has some scientific, moral and social manifestation and signs, without which it is only a meaningless name. The above tradition refers to four signs of it:
1- Believers provide valuable assistance to their Muslim brothers because their help is accompanied with compassion, honesty and awareness.
2- They do not have a luxurious and costly standard of living and do not commit offenses to provide for it.
3- They are prudent and aware in life especially in economic affairs.
4- They take lesson from each event immediately and thus they are not inflicted twice from the same source.[divider]
•    1. Safinat’ul-Bihar, Alkafi, vol 2, page 241, Wasa’il Alshia, vol 15, page 193.

True belief makes you stronger than iron

Imam As-Sadiq (a.s.) said:
إنَّ الْمُؤْمِنَ أَشَدُّ مِنْ زُبُرِ الْحَدِيْدِ إنَّ زُبُرَ الْحَدِيْدِ إِذْا أُدْخِلَ النّارَ تَغَيَّرَ وَ إنَّ الْمُؤْمِنَ لَوْ قُتِلَ ثُمَّ نُشِرَ ثُمَّ قُتِلَ لَمْ يَتَغَيَّرْ قَلْبُهُ

The believers are stronger than iron parts because when iron is exposed to fire, it changes, but if the believers are killed and then revived and again killed, there would be no change in their mentalities.1

Brief Description
Life is a series of problems and complicated matters. Weak people surrender to them very soon and escape from the field, whereas those who are strong on account of their belief stand firm to tackle the challenges.
They know that there will always be hindrances in complying with God’s command, abstaining from sin, and achieving honors and credits. They realize that self-control, self-sacrifice and resistance against rebellious desires are required in order to succeed. True belief gives them immense strength to continue their endeavor fearlessly in the path of religion.[divider]
•    1. Safinat’ul-Bihar, volume 1, page 37.

Examine yourself every day


Imam Al-Kadhim (a.s.) said:
لَيْسَ مِنّا مَنْ لَمْ يُحاسِبْ نَفْسَهُ كُلَّ يَوْم

One who does not perform self-examination every day is not among us.1

Brief Description
Preventing loss and increasing profit in any worldly activity, however big or small, requires continuous monitoring and assessment through inspection, measurement and accounting. One can see how careful people are in calculation of their material wealth. And how sensitive are the weight-watchers about small changes in their weight. Yet, surprisingly, some of them do not look into their human, moral and spiritual accounts even once during their life. What a terrible negligence!
A responsible and vigilant Muslim is one who, as the Imam says, examines his account everyday without exception. If he has done a good deed, he tries to continue it, and if he has done evil, he repents for it.[divider]
•    1. Sayings of the Imams, volume one, page 214

Who is a corrupter rather than a reformer?

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Imam al-Jawad (a.s) said:
مَنْ عَمِلَ عَلى غَيْرِ عِلْم أَفْسَدَ أَكْثَرَ مِمّا يُصْلِحُ

One who acts without knowledge and information will more often be a corrupter rather than a reformer.1

Brief Description
Loss caused by ignorance is not merely limited to inability to make significant achievements in life. Those who act without knowledge also risk making dangerous mistakes leading to corruption and destruction.
One finds cases where an ignorant person intends to do good for his child, but he leads him to misfortune; intends to serve Islam, but disgraces religion; intends to create peace among people, but aggravates disputes and hypocrisy. He generally ends up doing more harm than good.[divider]
•    1. Montahal-aamal