Shafaqna (International Shia News Agency)
Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:5)
By: Mohammad Sobhanie
Piety and Prosperity
بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ
أُولَـٰئِكَ عَلَىٰ هُدًى مِّن رَّبِّهِمْ ۖ وَأُولَـٰئِكَ هُمُ الْمُفْلِحُونَ ﴿٥﴾
Translation: They (righteous people) are on (true) guidance from their Lord, and it is these who will prosper.
Piety and righteousness reflects an individual’s willpower to guard from sin. A pious person is constantly mindful of God’s presence in his life and is, therefore, careful in observing his/her duty to God.
Piety and righteousness protects one’s soul from the harms of sin1 and nurtures man’s inner beauty, personality and character. Furthermore, piety empowers human intellect with an inner divine light2 to draw a better understanding of the Quran3 and to benefit from its teachings.4
Allah loves righteous people5, and the dearest person to Him is the most pious one.6 He will accept their deeds7, amend their affairs, and forgive their faults and shortcomings.8 He will save them from the Hell fire and abode them in the Paradise.9 Allah’s help is with righteous one.10
Imam Amir al-mu’minin Ali in his will to Imam Hassan wrote:11 “O! my son, I advise you to piety and righteousness. Be His obedient servant, nurture your heart with His remembrance and grab to His rope. What can be more secure and stronger than the rope of God for grabbing?”
In this metaphor, the strong robe represents the Quran, the Prophet, and the Ahlul-Bayte.12 One end of this rope is in God’s hand and the other end has been stretched out to the earth. Righteous people hold fast to the rope of Allah throughout the course of their earthly life to attain salvation.
1- The Quran [7:26]
11- (letter 31 Nahj al-Balagha)