Is it necessary to learn lessons from the predecessors?

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SHAFAQNA – Imam Ali (AS) said: Are you not living in the place of your predecessors who lived longer than you, their relics lasted longer, their desires were more than you and their armies were larger than yours? How did they worship the world and chose it for themselves? And after all that they passed away without any provision to last them and without any transport to take them to their destination.

Have you heard that the world sacrificed itself for their sake or helped them in good ways? No, never!! In fact the hardships and difficulties of the world were so much that their skin and flesh were torn away, they were washed with problems and were humiliated with calamities, their noses were rubbed in the soil and kicked as well as the circulating time were made against them [1].

[1] Nahjul Balaghah, Sermon 111.

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