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 'Jihad al Nafs' by Shaikh Muhammad bin al-Hasan al-Hurr al-Amili.

 Ayatullah Behjat's advice: “One of the most beneficial actions for spritual growth is to sit with your fellow students every day and study one hadith from the chapter jihad al-nafs of the book Wasail al-Shi’a of Shaykh Hurr al-Amili. Of course, the hadith must be discussed properly, pondered over carefully and then transformed into action. This will be a spiritual tonic that within one year, will transform an individual in a way that he will himself see the change.”

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Importance of resorting completely to Allah(سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى)

Imam Jafar al-Sadiq(عليه السلام) said: 'Allah revealed to Dawud(as): " When one of my servants resorts to me and not to anyone of My creation, I know that from his inner intention, such that even if the skies and the Earth and their inhabitants were to conspire against him, I will make an outlet for him in spite of them. And when one of My servants resorts to one of my creatures, I know that too from his intention, such that I cut off the means of subsistence of the skies from him, and I will ma

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Creating a light for yourself in the darkness

Imam Jafar al-Sadiq(عليه السلام) said:' Allah Almighty has said:'The one whose prayer(salat) is the most readily accepted is the one who abases himself to My Greatness, holds himself back from his desires for My sake, passes his day in My remembrance, does not behave haughtily over My creatures, feeds the hungry, clothes the naked, has mercy on the afflicted, and gives refuge to the traveller who is away from his home, as all this makes his light shine forth, and like the sun I create a light fo

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On refraining from temporary worldly pleasures

One of Imam Jafar al-Sadiq(as)'s companions, 'Abdullah b.Sanan once asked him: 'Are the angels better or humans better?' to which he(عليه السلام) replied: ' Amir al Muminin, Ali b. abi talib said:"Allah endowed angels with intellect without desire, animals with desire without intellect and man with both of them. So he whose intellect manages to conquer his desire is better than angels, and he whose desires overcome his intellect is worse than animals.'"   Illal al Sharai, p.4, no.1   

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Prophet (saw) on conquering carnal desires

Imam Jafar al-Sadiq (as) quoted his infallible forefathers as having narrated on the authority of the Prophet (saw) that He said: 'One who, when an evil thought or carnal desire comes to him, shuns it because of his fear of Allah, Mighty and Exalted. Allah will forbid the Fire from touching him, and will protect him from the Great Terror, and will bestow on him what He has promised him in His book: "And for him who fears to stand before his Lord are two gardens." - Quran 55:46  As for one w

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Imam Musa al-Kadim (as) saying on Intellect

Imam Musa al-Kazim(as) said to one of his companions, Hisham b.al-Hakam: 'O Hisham, indeed Allah has given glad tidings to the people of intellect and understanding in the Quran saying : "Therefore give good news to My servants,those who listen to the word, then follow the best of it; those it is whom Allah has guided, and those it is who are the men of understanding." (39:17-18)  Then he said: 'O Hisham, verily Luqman said to his son: 'Humble yourself to the truth and you will be the most

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Allah's dearest creation - Intellect

Imam Jafar al-Sadiq (as) said : 'When Allah created the intellect, He gave it the faculty of reason and then commanded it,'Come forward', so it came forward, then commanded it, "Go back"' and it went back. Then He said to it:"By my Honour and Sublimity,I have no created anything as dear to Me as you, and I have bestowed you only upon one whom I love. It is you that I command, and you that I prohibit from things, and you that I punish and you that I reward."'  - al- Kafi,v.1, p.8, no.1: al-Mahasi

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The choice Adam(as) made

Salam,  After the rather long tradition on the mandatory and recommended rights I decided to jump a few chapters( which I will come back to later) and post the hadiths in the book regarding Intellect.  According to Sheikh Hurr al-Amilli the word ''Intellect" in the terminology of scholars and wise men, has been used to mean various things. Through the course of research, we know that, in traditions, it has been ascribed three meanings: 1. The faculty enabling one to tell right fro

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Right of various people (last part of the long tradition)

Imam Ali Zayn al-abidin (as) said: The right of him who asks for your advice is that you advise him, but conduct yourself towards him with forbearance and kindness.  The right of your adviser is that you act gently towards him, and listen to him attentively. If he presents you with the right course praise Allah. And if he does not agree with you, show forbearance towards him and do not blame him. Consider him to have made a mistake, and do not reproach him for that, unless he should be

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Rights of partner and adversary

Imam Ali Zayn al-abidin (as) said: The right of your partner is that you should suffice for him in his affairs in his absence and show regard for him when he is present. Make no decision without his decision and do not act on the basis of your own opinion without exchanging views with him. Guard his property for him, and do not betray him in matters that are difficult or of little importance, for Allah's hand is above the hand of two partners, as long as they do not betray one another. And

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On thanking the caller and leader in prayer; rights of companions

Imam Ali Zayn al-abidin (as) said: The right of mu'azzin (caller to prayer) is that you know that he is reminding you of your Lord,calling you to your good fortune and helping you to accomplish what has made obligatory upon you.So thank him for that, just as you thank one who does good to you.  The right of your imam (leader) in your prayer is that you know that he has taken on the role of mediator between you and your Lord. He speaks on your behalf , but you do not speak on his behalf

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How to thank someone for their kindness

Imam Ali Zayn al-abidin (as) said: The right of him who performs a kindly act towards you is that you thank him and mention his kindness; that you reward him with beautiful words and supplicate for him sincerely in that which is between you and Allah. If you do that you have thanked him both secretly and openly. Then if you are able to repay him one day, repay him.  al -Faqih,v.2,p.376, no.1626.

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The rights of brother, servant and patron

Imam Ali Zayn al-abidin (as) said: The right of your brother is that you know that he is your hand, your might and your strength. Take him not as a weapon with which to disobey Allah, nor as a tool with which to wrong Allah's creatures.Do not neglect to help him against his enemy or to give him good counsel.If he obeys Allah, well and good, but if he does not, then Allah should be dearer to you than him. And there is no strength save in Allah.  The right of your slave is that you shoul

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The Rights of Wife, Mother, Father and Child

Imam Ali Zayn al-abidin (as) said: The right of your wife is that you know Allah has made her a comfort and a companion to you, and know that she is a bounty of Allah upon you, so you should honour her and treat her with kindness. Although her right towards you is more incumbent, you must treat her with compassion, as she is your prisoner, whom you clothe and feed, and if she is ignorant you should pardon her. The right of your mother is that you know that she carried you where no one

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The Rights of Teachers,Students, Rulers and Subjects

Imam Ali Zayn ul-Abidin(as) said : The right of the one who trains you in knowledge is to magnify him, to frequent his sessions, to listen to him attentively and to attend to him with devotion. You should not raise your voice to him, nor answer a question addressed to him, so that he may be the one to answer. You should not address anyone else in his session, not speak ill of him to anyone else. If anyone ever speaks ill of him in your presence, you should defend him, conceal his faults and publ

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The rights of Salat, Fasting, Hajj and Charity

Imam Ali Zayn al-Abidin (as) said:  The right of your daily prayer(salat) is that you know that it is an audience with Allah, Mighty and Exalted, and that through it you are standing before Him. When you are aware of this, you will stand as one who is a lowly servant - vile, beseeching, trembling, hopeful, fearful, submissive and abased, magnifying Him in whose presence you stand with tranquility and dignity. You will approach the prayer with your heart and perform it according to its bounds and

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Gaining Sufficiency in Affairs of This World and the Next

Imam Ali Zain al Abidin(as) said: 'The greatest right(duty) that Allah imposes upon you is that you worship Him without associating anything with Him.When you do that with sincerty, He has made it binding upon Himself to give you sufficiency in the affairs of this world and the next.   al-Faqih, v.2. p.376, no.1626.     

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Imam Ali(as)'s advice about reading Quran

Imam Ali (as), in his will to his son Muhammad b. Hanafiyyah, said: You must read the Quran, act upon its contents, carry out the duties prescribed therein, the divine laws regarding that which is lawful and that which is unlawful, its commands and its prohibitions, and ponder over it in the middle of the night, and recite it day and night, for it is Allah's contract to His creation, and as a result it is incumbent upon every Muslim to read His contract everyday, even it be only fifty verses; an

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Imam Ali(as)'s advice to Muhammad b. Hanafiyyah

Imam Ali (as), in his will to his son Muhammad b. Hanafiyyah, said: 'O my son, do not say that which you do not know, and, at the same time, do not say everything that you do know, for Allah has enjoined certain duties on each and everyone of your limbs, which He will use to testify against you on the Day of Judgement, and He will ask you concerning them, as to how you heeded their counsel, their admonition, their warnings, and how you refined them, and He has not left them to wander aimlessly.

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Role of Action in Faith

Imam Jafar al-Sadiq(as) said: 'Surely the ears and eyes and the heart,all of these shall be questioned about that' - 17:36  i,e the ears shall be questioned regarding what they heard, and the eyes with regard to what they looked at, and the heart regarding what it believed in.   al-Kafi, v.2, p.31, no.2. Imam Jafar al-Sadiq(as) said : Faith can exist only with action, and action is part of it, such that faith can remain firm only when accompanied by action.  al -Kafi,v.2, p.32, no.3 Im

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Duties incumbent on Body Parts

The narrations below are part of a long tradition which I started yesterday  https://www.shiachat.com/forum/blogs/entry/413-faith-assigned-to-the-face-and-heart-of-humans/ I wanted to post the whole narration in three parts and finish it tomorrow but it's Shab e Jumah (friday night) here today and as I was reading Dua Kumayl I came across some lines which I will mention at the end which made me post all of it on Shab e Jumah as the narration goes so well with this dua of friday night.

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Faith Assigned to the Face and Heart of Humans

Imam Jafar al-Sadiq(as) said, in a long tradition, that Allah has enjoined faith (iman) upon the limbs of the son of Adam, and has distributed it and divided it evenly between them, and every single limb has been assigned a different portion of faith particular to it. I will divide the long hadith into smaller parts to narrate the duties of each limb. HEART The portion of faith with which the heart has been charged is to affirm, to know, to conclude a contract and willingly to admit an

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The Divine Obligation to Combat the Self (H6-10)

6. Imam Jafar al-Sadiq(as) said: He who does not have a preaching heart, a reproaching self and a guiding friend will be easily overcome by his enemy.    Al Faqih, v.4, p.287, no.862. 7. Imam Jafar al Sadiq(as) narrated on the authority of the Imams before him that Holy Prophet (phuh), in his advice to Imam Ali(as0 said: O, Ali, the best thing about self struggle is when a person wakes up with no desire to wrong anyone.  Al Faqih, v.4, p254, no.821 8. Imam Jafar al-Sadiq(as) said: He w

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The Divine Obligation to Combat the Self (H1-5)

1. Imam Jafar al-Sadiq(as) said that the Holy Prophet(pbuh) dispatched his soldiers to battle to fight the enemy and, upon their triumphant return said: Greetings on those who have successfully carried out the 'Minor Combat' (jihad al asghar), but have yet to engage themselves in the 'Greater Combat'. He was asked: 'O Prophet of Allah! What is the 'Greater Combat'?' To which he replied: 'Combat with the Self'   Al Kafi, v.5, p.12, no.3. 2. Imam Jafar al-Sadiq (as) said : Take responsibility

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Introduction

Combat with the Self' or 'Jihad al-Nafs' is a volume from the great hadith collection 'Wasail al-Shiah' by Shaikh Muhammad al-Hasan al-Hurr al-Amili. It contains advice from our infallibles about fighting our greatest enemy, our nafs. I had been wanting to read this book for some time but much to my surprise there wasn't an e-book available. I searched the bookstores and of the only two that stocked it out of more than a dozen I searched, none would ship to the country where I live. It wasn

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