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Imam Ali’s (AS) Advice to Imam Hassan (AS): “But there is only one God as described by Allah (SWT)” (Part 4)

Shafaqna English- What follows is an extract from the book Nahjul-Balaghah, the most famous collection of sermons, letters, Tafsirs and stories attributed to Imam Ali (AS). This is a part of his letter for Hassan ibn Ali (AS), when Amir Al-muminin encamped at Al-Hadirin on his way back from Siffin, selected by Shafaqna.

Know O’ my child, if there had been a partner with your Lord, his messengers too should have come to you and you would have seen signs of his authority and power and have known his deeds and qualities. But there is only One God as described by Allah (SWT). No one can dispute with God in God’s authority. God is from ever and will be for ever. God is before all things without any beginning. God will remain after all things without any end.

Know O’ my child, if there had been a partner with your Lord, his messengers too should have come to you and you would have seen signs of his authority and power and have known his deeds and qualities. But there is only One God as described by Allah (SWT). No one can dispute with God in God’s authority. God is from ever and will be for ever. God is before all things without any beginning. God will remain after all things without any end. God is far too great to have divinity proved by the encompassing heart or eye.

O’ my child, I have informed you about the world, its condition, decay and its passing away and I have informed you of the next world and of what has been provided in it for its people. I have recounted to you parables about it so that you may draw instruction from them and act upon them. The example of those who have understood the world is like those travellers who, being disgusted with drought-stricken places set off for greenery and a fruitful place. Then they endure difficulties on the way, separation from friends, hardships of the journey and unwholesome food in order to reach their fields of plenty and place of stay. Consequently, they do not feel any pain in all this and do not regard any expenditure to be waste.

Nothing is more lovable to them than what takes them near their goal and carries them closer to their place of stay. (Against this), the example of those who are deceived by this world is like the people who were in a green place but they became disgusted with it and went to a drought-stricken place. Therefore, for them nothing is more detestable or abominable than to leave the place where they were to go to a place which they will reach unexpectedly and for which they are heading.

A part of Imam Ali’s (AS) Advice to Imam Hassan (AS)

Source: Islam Plus

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