Hadith is the second source of Islam after the Holy Qur’an. It has thus great significance in the field of demonstrating the Divine knowledge and religious laws of Islam, since it leads to human perfection.
The Holy Prophet’s words are attached to the Divine Revelation, since it is considered one of the two weighty things that the Holy Prophet (s) has promised his nation of deliverance from straying off the Straight Path if they adhere to them.
In view of this fact, we are obliged to the scholars and narrators who have maintained, saved, and recorded the Prophetic words and then transferred them to the next generations until they reached up soundly.
The book of ‘Nahj al-Fasahah’ is considered one of the most magnificent encyclopedias that comprise this great heritage of Islam. Its Persian version has been compiled and arranged in a wonderful order by Mr. Ghulam Husayn Majidi Khunsari who has really exerted praiseworthy efforts in presenting the book in such a handsome way.
Our acknowledgement is extended to Mr. Badr Shahin who has arranged this English version of the book in an alphabetic order and added an index showing the major topics of these honorable maxims of the Holy Prophet (PBUH).
The Ansariyan Publications has the honor to present the English version of this book to the dear readers, hoping that they will benefit by its pearls and superb maxims of the Holy Prophet—may Allah bless him and his Household.
تَجِدُ المُؤْمِنُ مُجْتَهِدَاً فِيمَا يُطِيْقُ مُتَلَهِّفَاً عَلى ما لا يُطِيْقُ.
(1) A believer does his best in what his ability demands, but craves for what beyond his power stands.
(5) A believer is a servant of God who doesn’t oppress his enemies nor does he commit sins for the sake of his friends, who keeps trusts intact and refrains jealousy, sarcasm and cursing others, who tells the truth though not called to bear witness and calls not people with bad names, who observes humility in prayers, hastens in paying his due alms, keeps patient in calamities and thanks (God) in affluence, who is content with what he has and claims not what he doesn’t, who doesn’t stop doing good deeds due to misery, who keeps company with people to learn and talks to them something to earn, and who forebears oppression and tyranny, awaiting the merciful God to give him victory.
(11) A believer is like unto a stalk bending to all sides by winds but staying calm and static when winds vanish. Blights make a believer bend in same manner. The wicked (on the contrary) is like unto a spruce-fir standing firm and straight till the Exalted God destroys it should He wish.
(13) A believer is like unto an apparently ruined house, being neat and beautiful inside, and a wicked person is like unto a domed elevated tomb making visitors excited but being inwardly filled with infection.
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