Heart in quotes of Gate of City of Knowledge
By: Hashem Salih
Al-Imam Ali bin Abi Talib (peace be on him), Seal of
Prophets Muhammad bin Abdullah (peace be on him and his pure
progeny)’s first infallible descendant, son-in-law and cousin, was
born in the House of Allah, the Ka'ba, on Rajab 13 and martyred in the
House of Allah, Kufa Mosque, on Ramadan 21.
His high level of intellect is demonstrated in a series of sermons,
letters and sayings in a book titled "Nahjul-balaghah" which is
available in English under the translated title of "Peak of
Eloquence". There are many stories told of Ali (peace be on him)’s
justice, kindness to the lowly, compassion for the needy and the poor,
and generosity and munificence toward those in misery and poverty. The
prophet (peace be on him and his pure progeny) had said of Ali (peace
be on him): "I am the city of knowledge and Ali is its gate” and "if
you want to see the knowledge of Adam, the piety of Noah, the devotion
of Abraham, the awe of Moses, and the service of the abstinence of
Christ, look at the face of Ali".
Here are some words of the Gate of City of Knowledge about heart:
* I am amazed at the heart of man: It possesses the substance of
wisdom as well as the opposites contrary to it ... for if hope arises
in it, it is brought low by covetousness: and if covetousness is
aroused in it, greed destroys it. If despair possesses it, self-piety
kills it: and if it is seized by anger, this is intensified by rage.
If it is blessed with contentment, then it forgets to be careful; and
if it is filled with fear, then it becomes preoccupied with being
cautious. If it feels secure, then it is overcome by vain hopes; and
if it is given wealth, then its independence makes it extravagant. If
want strikes it, then it is smitten by anxiety. If it is weakened by
hunger, then it gives way to exhaustion; and if it goes too far in
satisfying its appetites, then its inner becomes clogged up. So all
its shortcomings are harmful to it, and all its excesses corrupt it.
*There are four things that make the heart die: wrong action followed
by wrong action, playing around with foolish people, spending a lot of
time with women, and sitting with the dead. Then they asked Imam Ali:
'And who are the dead, O Commander of the believers?' He replied:
'Every slave who follows his desires.'
*Surely want is a trial, and having sickness of the body is more
difficult to bear than indigence, and having a sickness of the heart
is more difficult to bear than having a sickness of the body. Surely
being very wealthy is a blessing, and having a healthy body is better
than being very wealthy, and having awe of Allah in your heart is
better than having a healthy body.
better than wealth because it protects you while you have to
guard wealth. it decreases if you keep on spending it but the
more you make use of knowledge ,the more it increases . what you
get through wealth disappears as soon as wealth disappears but
what you achieve through knowledge will remain even after you."MORE