Maxims of Imam Mousa al-Kazim (A.S.)
By: Nasim Razi
Imam Al-Kazim (peace be upon him) said: Anyone
who acknowledges God should not complain when his earnings are
delayed and should not accuse God of His acts.
Fear God and say the truth even if it will cause you to
perish, for your salvation lies in telling the truth. Fear God
and leave the wrong even if it will save you, for your
perdition lies in telling the wrong.
Beware of depriving anyone in fields of obedience to God lest,
you will lose two folds in fields of disobedience to God.
The believer is like the two pans of a balance — the more
faith he enjoys the more misfortunes he faces.
He who speaks in the Essence of God will perish, he who seeks
power will perish, and he who feels self-conceited will
The supplies of this world and the religion are difficult.
Whenever you extend your hand towards any source of the
worldly supplies, you will find out that a sinful has preceded
you there. When you intend to obtain a source of the religious
supplies, you will not find anyone helping you.
Four deeds are originated from extreme solicitude. They are
eating soil, crumbling the clay, clipping the nails with the
teeth, and biting the hair of the beard. Looking at three
things improves the sight. They are verdure, flowing water,
and handsome faces.
Good neighborhood is not abstinence from harm. It is to
tolerate the harm (of the neighbors).
Do not take liberties with your friend. You should keep any
quantity of respect among you lest you will lose pudency.
When injustice predominates over the right, it is unacceptable
to expect good from anybody before investigation.
Try to divide your time into four parts. The first part should
be dedicated to (secret) supplication to God, the second to
seeking earnings, the third to associating with the friends
and the trusty people who show you your defects and treat you
sincerely, and the fourth to your legal pleasures. Through
this part, you can manage the other three parts.
Do not think of poverty and long age. He who thinks of poverty
will be stingy and he who thinks of long age will be
Learn the religious question, for jurisprudence is the key of
intelligence, the perfection of worship, and the means to the
high standings and the respectful positions in this world and
the world to come. The priority of the knowledgeable over the
worshipper is as same as the priority of the sun over the
stars. God will not accept the deeds of those who avoid
learning the religious questions.
The expiation of working with the (unjust) rulers is to treat
the friends with kindness.
In the time of the just ruler, you should thank and he will
gain rewards. In the time of the unjust ruler, you should
tolerate and he will burden the punishment of the sin.
For the steadfast, the misfortune is one, while it is two for
Source: Tuhaf al-Uqoul
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