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Lessons from Nahjul Balagha

Ali Ibn Abi Talib brother of the Apostle of God and his paternal cousin, and his helper in his affair, his son-in- law (being married) to his daughter, Fatima the chaste, mistress of the women of the universe.  Born in the Sacred House (i.e. the Kaba) in Mecca on Friday, the thirteenth day of the month of Rajab, thirty years after theYear of the ElephantAli 1 (c.570). Nobody before or after him has ever been born in the House of God, the Most High. (It was a mark) of him being honored by God, the Most High, may His name be exalted, and of his position being dignified in its greatness.

We in our daily lives tend to hear about these Holy texts from scholars but tend to forget about them. So few messages which I feel can be helpful for us in our daily lives.

1. People will always have complaints

“If I speak out they would call me greedy towards power but if I keep quiet they would say I was afraid of death.”

Nahjul Balagha: Sermon No: 5

People around you will always be complaining about something as this is part of human nature. Right way of living with such people is to keep on doing what needs to be done in the best possible manner. However for improvement, try to note down positive criticism as it will help in improving rather than focusing on negative criticism as it only creates negative feelings and mindAli 2 set

2. Walk before you Run

“Prosperous is one who rises with wings (i.e. when he has power) or else remains peaceful and others enjoy ease…One who plucks fruits before ripening is like one who cultivated in another’s field.”

Nahjul Balagha: Sermon No: 5

Not getting the promotion you wanted? When the time is right, always remember Allah will be by your side everything will work out. On the other hand some people complain they are putting efforts but not getting anywhere but aren’t putting in the efforts as per requirement of task. Be patient but at same time prudent. If you see an opportunity at school or university to enter into a competition or conference take it. Broaden your horizons and network , be pro-active on your own and Allah will open doors for you that you never knew existed.

3. Making Efforts and Being Positive

“It is a pity that after all the ups and downs (I have been through). By Allah the son of Abu Talib is more familiar with death than an infant with the breast of its mother. I have hidden knowledge, if I disclose it you will start trembling like ropes in deep wells”

Nahjul Balagha: Sermon No: 5

No matter what the day throws at you or what you’ve been through, try and remember the plight of Imam Ali (a.s) and the rest of the AhlulBayt. Take strength from their resilience in times of hardships. Try and do your best to make every day better than the last. Instead of seeing negatives at end of each day, try to list down what positive happened

4. Avoid Passing Early Judgement on Others

“He sits among people as a judge responsible for solving whatever is confusing to the others…He is ignorant, wandering astray in ignorance and riding on carriages aimlessly moving in darkness.”

Nahjul Balagha: Sermon No: 17

Start everyday with a relaxed mindset, try and say that you will concentrate on yourself from now on and learn from others; rather than disregarding what they say due to your judgment of them.

5. Open to New Ideas

“Among all the people most detested before Allah are two persons. One who is devoted to himself…He did not try to find the reality of knowledge…The other man is he who has picked up ignorance…Whatever he does not know he does not regard it worth knowing.”

Nahjul Balagha: Sermon No: 17

Always try to gain more knowledge. Refrain from being narrow-minded and ignorant. Stick to your own principles but keep yourself open to improvement and constant development. That being said; don’t get yourself into matters which don’t concern you… “He who involves himself in matters without considering the consequences exposes himself to troubles”.

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