How is it possible to lose this world and the hereafter?

SHAFAQNA – It is narrated from Imam Sajjad (AS) who said: Among people there are those who incur loss in this world and the hereafter. These individuals give up the world but in order to attain the world! Imam (AS) explained further by saying: The enjoyment of reaching high positions unjustly is higher than any other Halal enjoyments for this type of person, therefore, he lets go of all other blessings and wealth for reaching that unjust high position [1].

Hence, such a person spends all his money to get to the highest position. Meaning, as soon as a person is ready to let go of wealth for position, he incurs loss in this world and the hereafter. In another narration, Imam Ali (AS) was asked: What is the biggest adversity? Imam (AS) replied: The one who lets go of the worldly things for the sake of gaining the world and does not get there but at the same time loses the hereafter and incurs loss [2].

[1] Beharul Anwaar, Vol. 2, page 84.
[2] Beharul Anwaar, Vol. 69, page 300.

Source: Rasa’el Bandegy, Ayatollah Sheikh Mojtaba Tehrani, Page 316.

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