Food of Body and Food of Mind; Which is More Important?

Imam Ali (the first Imam of Shia Muslims):

“I am amazed at the people who turn on the light to see what they eat when they want to dine in the dark, but do not care about food for their mind. They do not care to illuminate their intellect with the light of knowledge to be safe from making mistakes out of ignorance and wrong beliefs.”
(Safinah al-Bihar, v.2, p.84)

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Do Not Sit With One Who See Everything as Money!

To have a friend is a necessity of life and being friendless is like a shortage of human life. But this necessity is not a good reason for being careless in choosing friends. Because our friends and associates have a great influence on our affairs and this effect can be negative if we choose bad friends.
So, it is the main question: who should not we choose as a friend?
In this regard there are a lot of Islamic Traditions. Of course, there is no chance to mention all but one of them will mention here.
According Islamic teachings, it is forbidden to sit with wasteful rich, because they see everything as wealth and money. Such people are unaware of God and delved in the material life. In some tradition, wasteful rich is considered as a dead person and it was said that with sitting such people your heart will be perished. In other hand, when you sit with a rich person, you will compare yourself with him/her subconscious and at the end you will be Suspicious toward God. While this is a superficiality view and we are not aware about the reality.

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The Holy Prophet Muhammad says: “Do not sit with the rich. For a servant sits with them and he is aware of the blessings God has bestowed on him/her, but he/she rises up thinking that God has bestowed no blessing on him/him.” (Bihar al-Anwar, v.74, p.194)

 

In brief, wasteful rich people are not considered as good friends and associates.

The Most Fortunate Are Those Who Have Connections with Good People

One of the greatest Gift of God to a man is a good friend and companion. Imam Ali, the Commander of the Faithful and the first Imam of Muslims, says: “The most fortunate are those who have connections with good people.” (Gharar al hukm, p. 189) Good friends are like safe refuges that are very helpful in all conditions, especially in harsh conditions.

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As you know this world is full of hardships and it is absolutely necessary for every persons to have at least one true friend. A true friend can be solace for your heart and soul and you can commiserate with him/her when you are in need. There is an interesting tradition about these friends. Imam Ali (Peace Be Upon Him) said: “When one loses his own sincere friend whose friendship with him was for the sake of God, it is as if he has lost one of his body parts.” (ibid, p.414)

And it is because such friends are like your eyes that see danger and warns you. Or are like your hand and help you. The real value of a good friend would be understood by anyone who is deprived of it. This person is like one who does not have any friend and shelter and is away from home.

Let’s appreciate good friends.

30 Rights of Brotherhood in Islam (Part two)

I have mentioned 13 rights of for each Muslim incumbent upon his/his believing brother here and now I would like to express others.

14- “He/she must return his/her brother’s favors.”… Holy Quran says: “Is there any reward for good other than good?” (55:60)

15- “He/she must be grateful for his/her brother’s blessings.” In Islam Thanks to the others is highly recommended. Imam Reza (the eighth Imam of Muslims) has said: Whoever does not thank the good people does not thank God. (Bihār al-Anwār, v.44, p.65)

16- “He/she must try to help his/her brother.”

17- “He/she must guard his/her brother’s honor.”

18- “He/she must fulfill his/her brother’s needs.”

19- “He/she must intercede on behalf of his/her brother.”

20- “He/she must say “God bless you” when his/her brother sneezes.” There are some mysteries about sneezing.

21- “He/she must guide his/her brother’s lost ones.”

22- “He/she must respond to his/her brother’s greetings.”

23- “He/she must welcome his/her brother’s words.”

24- He/she must welcome his/her brother’s kindness.”

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25- “He/she must accept hi/hers brother’s swearing.”… If people do not trust each other life will be very difficult.

26- “He/she must like his/her brother’s friends.”… and this is for those who are real brother not superficial brother.

27- “He/she must not treat his/her brother with animosity.”

28- “He/she must help his/her brother whether he/she is an oppressor or an oppressed one. Helping an oppressor means to prevent him from acts of oppression, but helping an oppressed one means helping him/her to get back what is rightfully his/her.”

29- “He/she should not leave his/her brother alone in the face of calamities.”

30- “He/she must like for his brother whatever he/she likes for himself/herself, and dislike for him/her whatever he dislikes for himself/herself.” 

Who can be like mother?

Most of the people cannot remember when they were born recently, but with regard to newborn babies, everyone understands that how weak they were in that time.  A baby can neither remove something dangerous nor can make aware others. It cannot even speak about ordinary needs. In such circumstances, mother is that person who plays in role of a maid of honor and services it without any expectation.

ImageThis is why the fourth Imam of Muslims has said: “[The right of your mother is that you should know that] she protected you with her hearing and sight, and her hands and legs, and her hair and skin and all her other organs. She was highly delighted to do so. She was happy and eager, enduring the harm and the pains, and the heaviness and the grief until the Mighty Hand expelled you out of her and delivered you out to the Earth.” (The Treatise on Rights)

Due to such immense importance of mother in Islam, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) ordered through this tradition, to good companionship with mother before father:

A man came to the Prophet and said: "‘O Messenger of God! Who among the people is the most worthy of my good companionship?" The Prophet (PBUH) said: "Your mother." The man said, ‘Then who?’ The Prophet said: "Then your mother". The man further asked, ‘Then who?’ The Prophet said: "Then your mother". The man asked again, ‘Then who?’ The Prophet said: "Then your father." (Bihār al-Anwār/volume74/page49)

Enumerating of mothers’ rights needs a lot of books and here we only wanted to mention his superior position in Islam.

At the end I want to say: “mother! I love you so much.”

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