In the Name of God, the All-Compassionate, the All-Merciful – – – Salaam friends, and today on the 3rd day of the blessed month of Ramadhan, we start our daily programme titled “Spiritual Spring” with the special supplication for the day in Arabic, followed by its English translation:
“O Allah! Grant me this day mental acumen and alertness, and keep me away from foolishness and dissemblance. Appoint me a share of every good that You send down in it with Your generosity, O Most Generous of the generous!”
A man asked Prophet Mohammad (SAWA): O Messenger of God, I have relatives to whom I am very kind but they annoy me, so I have decided to cut off my ties with them.
The Prophet said: “If you do so, God will leave you alone.”
The man asked what he should do.
The Prophet replied: Grant the one who has deprived you, maintain ties with the one who has left, you and forgive the one who has oppressed you. If you do so, God will help you.
In this regard, the Commander of the Faithful, The Prophet’s divinely-designated heir, Imam Ali ibn Abi Taleb (AS) says: woe to those who cut kinship ties.
Of course, strengthening ties of kinship does not solely mean to exchange visits, but it means to help each other and this is the best bond of kin. It is interesting to recall that on the fateful night of Ashura, when the Prophet’s grandson Imam Hussein (AS) was all set to court martyrdom, said to his family: I don’t know anyone who is so much kinder to kinfolk than you.
It means that real kinship is to be with each other even on the scene of battle, in hardships, and while courting imminent death.
Actually one of the greatest acts of worship is to serve fellow humans and providing whatever God has blessed us with.
Sheikh Rajab-Ali Khayyat was a pious man who used to live in Tehran. He has reached the high degrees of perfection. It is said that one day a young man came to him in a state of worry. He was a civil engineer who had built several apartments and he was severely in debt for; none of his apartments had either been rented or sold. The engineer asked the Sheikh what he should do. The Sheikh after a brief pondering said: go to your sister and make her content. The engineer said my sister is pleased with me. The Sheikh said no. The engineer thought for a moment and said: when my father died he left us some inheritance. I did not give her any share. So he went to her sister and gave her the share of inheritance. Then he came to the Sheikh and said I have won her content. The Sheikh kept silent and then said she has not become content yet. The Sheikh then asked: Does your sister own a house? The engineer said no. The Sheikh said: Give her one of the best apartments that you have built. The man did so. Very soon three of his apartments that he had put up for sale were sold and his financial problem was resolved.
In ayah 36 of Surah Nisa, God says:
“Worship Allah and do not ascribe any partners to Him, and be good to parents, the relatives, the orphans, the needy, the near neighbour and the distant neighbour, the companion at your side, the traveller, and your slaves. Indeed Allah does not like anyone who is a swaggering braggart.”
One of the benefits of faith in God is affection. Whoever had cognizance of God, he believes that all material and spiritual blessings are divine blessings and he loves God with all his heart. He always tries to act according to the desire of his beloved so that in this way he attracts His attention.
Imam Ali Ibn al-Hussain Zayn al-Abedin (AS) says in a supplication: O Allah, I ask You to fill my heart with love of You, awe of You, belief in You, faith in You, fear of You, and yearning toward You.
If worship is out of love, eagerness and yearning, then there is no greater pleasure and sweetness than it. Imam Zayn al-Abedin (AS), who is among those who had tasted the sweetness of love and remembrance of Allah, says: “O Allah… how pleasant is the taste of Your love, and how sweet is the drink of Your proximity.
Indeed such a sweetness and pleasure dwells in the hearts of the friends of Allah. It is not something which occurs to them at times and goes away at other times. Allah shall never punish a heart inhabited by His love and in which the sweetness of His love has settled. The Imam says regarding Divine love: “By Your might, O my Master, even if You drive me away, I will not leave Your door, and I will not cease to compliment You, because of what I have come to know of Your generosity and kindness.”
Imam Zayn al-Abidin (AS) stresses the point that all bodily organs should endeavour to serve God and none of them should disobey God, for; the faithful considers his whole body among the divine blessings. The faithful never contaminates himself with sin since he knows that sin destroys faith.