The root of all mistakes

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SHAFAQNA – Imam Ali (AS) said: Love of the world is the root and main centre of all mistakes [1]. The holy Quran has described the life of this world very clearly with plenty of warning for human beings not to fall into its traps. Ayah 20 of Surah Al-Hadeed says: “Know that worldly life is merely a sport and a pastime.” Ayah 64 of Surah Al-Ankabut says: “What is this worldly life except an amusement and a game?” Ayah 94 of Surah Al-Nesa says: “You crave the display of worldly life.” Ayah 29 of Surah Al-Najm says: “So shun anyone who avoids Us (God) and only wants worldly life”. Therefore, the only way to avoid mistakes in this world is to listen to God’s recommendation as mentioned in Surah Al-Asr: Swear by the time that human beings are in loss except those who believe, perform honourable deeds, encourage truth and recommend patience.

[1] Beharul Anwaar, Vol. 70, page 59; Kafi Vol. 2, page 130; Khesaal, Vol. 1, page 25.

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