Spiritual Spring (4)


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In the Name of God, the All-Compassionate, the All-Merciful *** Salaam friends, and today on the 4th 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! Give me this day the strength to carry out Your commands; give me to taste therein the sweetness of Your remembrance; inspire me therein to give thanks for Your Munificence, and protect me in it with Your Protection and Covering (of faults); O Keenest of observers!”

Fasting clears the conscience and strengthens the sense that one should not fear hardships and problems. The level of endurance of fasting persons is very high. Their goal is proximity to God Almighty, the Source of all creation. Undoubtedly each hardship is accompanied with easiness. One should pass the hardships and be hopeful. Actually hope plays an important role in human growth, especially hope in the help of God make every hardship easy. The holy Qur’an says in ayahs 5 and 6 of Surah Sharh:

“Indeed ease accompanies hardship.”

“Indeed ease accompanies hardship.”

These Words of God Almighty are inspiration for the faithful to strive under all circumstances without being despaired. Islam is the religion of hope and mercy, but hopes should be in accordance with realities.

In the time of Imam Ja’far Sadeq (AS), the 6th Infallible Heir of Prophet Mohammad (SAWA), there was a merchant in Kufa, in Iraq named Abu Tayarrah. His business collapsed and he lost his properties. He became disappointed and went to Imam Sadeq (AS) in Medina to seek an option. The Imam consoled him and tried to strengthen in his heart, hope and trust in God. He asked him: do you have a shop in the market? Abu Tayarrah said: Yes but I have no commodity for sale. The Imam said to him: When you return to Kufa, clean your shop, perform two rakats of prayer and supplicate, with the words: O God! I am not relying on my limited capabilities; my only trust is Your Infinite Power; so strengthen my capability and grant me sustenance.

Abu Tayyarah did as per the instructions of Imam Sadeq (AS), and within an hour, a trader approached him and enquired whether he could rent a portion of his shop. Abu Tayyarah readily agreed, and the trader placed his commodities in a portion of the shop. The trader paid the rent, and as business activities started, Abu Tayyarah asked him whether he could participate in selling some of his textiles on commission basis. The trader agreed. Soon cold weather set in, and the entire textiles were sold as customer flocked to the shop. The trader got his profit, while Abu Tayyarah got his commission, in addition to being paid the rent for the portion of his shop. Soon business flourished and Abu Tayyarah was able to build a house and procure a pair of servants – male and a female – to do household chores and work for him.

Prophet Mohammad (SAWA) says: hope is a mercy for my Ummah and if hope did not exist, no mother would breastfeed her child and no gardener would plant a sapling.

In this blessed month in which the gates of Divine Mercy are flung wide open, we strive to purify our souls, and pin our hope on God’s forgiveness. Even if we have committed the worst sins we should not be disappointed of God’s Mercy since disappointment is among the cardinal sins. Here it is worth noting that among the “Munajaat” or “Whispered Supplications” of the Prophet’s 4th Infallible Heir, Imam Zain al-Abedin (AS) is one of hope in the Divine Court. The Imam first illustrates hope in God and His infinite mercy and says:

“O He Who gives to a servant who asks from Him; takes him to his wish when he expectantly hopes for what is with Him, brings him near and close when he approaches Him, covers over his sin and cloaks it when he shows it openly, and satisfies and suffices him when he has confidence in Him!”

Through this supplication, the 4th Imam teaches us place hope and trust in God without being despaired of Divine Mercy. In continuation, the Imam says:

“How should I have hope in other than You, when the good – all of it – is in Your hand? How should I expect from others, when Yours are the creation and the command? Should I cut off my hope for You, when You have shown me of Your bounty that for which I have not asked? “

In the blessed month of Ramadhan we should take advantage of this golden opportunity and ask God to help us. Imam Zain-al Abedin (AS) teaches us to raise our hands and supplicate to God with the following phrases:

“O the Best Object of hope! O the Most Generous Object of supplication! O He who does not reject His asker or disappoint the expectant! O He whose door is open to His supplicators and whose veil is lifted for those who hope in Him! I ask You by Your generosity to show kindness toward me through Your gifts, with that which will gladden my eye, through hope in You, with that which will give serenity to my soul, and through certainty with that which will make easy for me the afflictions of this world and lift from my insight the veils of blindness; by Your mercy, O Most Merciful of the merciful!”. http://english.irib.ir/component/k2/item/191204-spiritual-spring-4

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