Little about Prophet (p) and his grandson Al-Imam As-Sadiq (p)
By: Mohammed Haider Yazdi
17th Rabi al-Awwal is the Idd Milad un-Nabi (S.A.W.W) and the
Birthday Anniversary of Imam Jafar as-Sadiq (A.S.). Hadrat Muhammad
Mustafa (S.A.W.W), known as Sadiq (the Truthful) and Amin (the
Trusted) from his youth and was sent as "The Mercy for this World and
the Hereafter" and the "Last Messenger of God Almighty and the Seal of
the Prophethood" was born in the holy city of Makkah on 17th Rabi al-Awwal
in the Year of Elephant (Aam ul-Feel)[corresponding to 570 C.E.].
Imam Jafar as-Sadiq (A.S) the Sixth Holy Imam from the progeny of the
Prophet (S.A.W.W) and the "Founder of the First Grand Islamic
University" was born in the holy city of Madinah on 17th Rabi al-Awwal
83 A.H.. In this grand university the Holy Imam (A.S.) taught various
branches of sciences and more than four thousand students were
attracted towards him from far-off places. Imam Jafar as-Sadiq (A.S.)
strengthened the foundations of Islamic Jurisprudence and he is also
considered as "The Founder of the Imamia School of Jurisprudence".
Marking the happy occasion, here are some of the words of wisdom from
Imam as-Sadiq (A.S.):
*-The unintelligent is fit for nothing and the unknowledgeable is
unintelligent. He who understands will be excellent and he who is
clement will be triumphant.
*- Knowledge is protection, honesty is glory, ignorance is humility,
understanding is honor, openhandedness is success, and good mannerism
*- The knowing of the manners of his time will not be attacked by the
*- Judiciousness is the lantern of doubt.
*- Allah is the custodian of him who knows His and the enemy of him
who ignores Him.
*- The intelligent should be forgiver and the ignorant is treacherous.
*- If you want to be respected, you should be lenient and if you want
to be disrespected, you may be severe. The heart of him whose lineage
is honorable is surely soft while he whose race is ignoble is surely
*- He who neglects will be engaged (in troubles). He who cares for the
result will act slowly in matters that he ignores.
*- He who involves himself in a matter with which he does not have
full acquaintance will debase himself.
*- He who does not know will not understand, he who does not
understand will not be safe,
*- he who is not safe will not be respected, he who is not respected
will feel disappointed, he who feels disappointed will be blamed, and
he who is blamed will be worthy of regret.
*- If you can hide your personality from people, do it. You should not
care if people do not praise you and you should not care if people
disregard you when Allah honors you.
*- Amirul Muminin(A.S.) used to say: "Life is worthless for everyone
except two men: A man whose acts of charity are day by day increasable
and a man who corrects his death by means of repentance." If you can
keep yourself indoors, do it. When you go out (of your house), you
should avoid backbiting, telling untruths, envying, showing off,
flattering, and sweet-talking.
*- The cell of the believer is his house where he detains himself, his
sight, his tongue, and his genitals.
*- He who acknowledges the favors of Allah in his heart before he
expresses his gratitude by words deserves increase of Allah.
*- Imam Sadiq (A.S.) then added: Many are those whom are tempted by
receiving graces of Allah, many are those whom are trapped by the
concealment of their flaws, and many are those whom are cheated by
wording of praise.
*- I hope safety for everybody who acknowledges our rights (of the
loyalty to our leadership that is incumbent upon people) except three:
the friends of the unjust rulers, the followers of their whims, and
the sinful who commit sins openly.
*- For those who love the worldly pleasures and follow anyone other
than us, they, by Allah I swear, do not love Allah. For those who
acknowledge our rights and love us, they surely love Allah.
*- Choose to be subordinate, not head.
*- Inconsiderate judgment causes discrepancy, criticism causes enmity,
lack of tolerance causes scandal, divulgement of secrets causes
meanness, generosity causes cleverness, and niggardliness is
*- To adhere to Allah, satisfy with His act, and trust Him-these three
matters gather the good of this world and the world to come for him
whoever holds fast to them.
*- He who neglects three characters will be deprived: They are to ask
from the generous, associate with the scholars, and attract the
attention of the powerful.
*- Religiousness, modesty, and generosity-these three matters bring
about the affection of others.
*- He who disavows three will attain three: he who disavows evil will
attain dignity; he who disavows arrogance will attain nobility; he who
disavows niggardliness will attain honor.
Three characters bring about hatred: hypocrisy, oppression, and
*- He who does not have one of three characters is not regarded as
noble: they are a mind that beautifies him, a fortune that dispenses
him of people, or a clan that supports him.
Envy, talebearing, frivolity-these three matters cause degradation.
*- Three characters are not known only in three situations: the
clement are known only in situations of rage, the courageous are known
only in wars, and brothers are known only in situations of neediness.
*- He whoever enjoys three characters is certainly hypocrite even if
he offers prayers and fasts: he who lies when he speaks, breaches his
promises, and violates the trusts.
*- Beware of three categories of people: the traitor, the oppressor,
and the talebearer. He who betrays others for your sake will surely
betray you, he who oppresses others for your sake will surely oppress
you, and he who bears others' news to you will surely bear your news
*- No one should be regarded as trustful before he keeps three things:
funds, secrets, and honors. He who keeps two and betrays a third is
*- Do not consult the foolish, do not seek the help of the liar, and
do not trust in the affection of the weary. The liar brings near the
remote and makes the near remote, the foolish does his best for you
but cannot attain anything, and the weary disappoints you in your most
reliable matter and breaks your most associated matter.
*- Four things do not have sufficiency with four matters: the land
never has its sufficiency from rainfall, the eye never has its
sufficiency from looking, and the scholar never has his sufficiency
*- Four conducts bring old age before its time: they are eating dried
meat, sitting on wetlands, scaling the stairs, and copulating with old
*- Women are of three categories: one is for you, the other is for you
and against you, and the third is against you. The one that is for you
is the virgin. The one that is for you and against you is the
non-virgin. The one that is against you is the mother of sons of
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