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"Allah the Exalted ordered Musa [Moses] (a.s.) and Harun [Aaron] (a.s.) to go to Pharaoh. Well, it was a big task for two individuals to go and confront – on their own – a great power that existed at that time: Pharaonic power was a great power in terms of politics and social affairs and even in terms of his influence on the people and his bureaucratic resources. There are many things to be said about the Pharaonic power. Pharaoh was an shocking phenomenon. He was a tyrannical power who did whatever he liked with abundant resources at his disposal." "Allah the Exalted entrusted two individuals with the task of confronting and fighting against that person. Hazrat Musa (P.B.U.H) said, “If we go, they might kill us and thus our task will remain half-finished.” They were not afraid of being killed. They said that their task would remain half-finished. “He said, ‘Fear not for I am with you. I hear and see everything” [The Holy Quran, 20: 46]. God said that He was with them. Notice that this is divine assistance: “For I am with you. I hear and see everything.” When God says, “God is with those who observe piety” – as I said, if we have piety, God is with us – this divine assistance and accompaniment means that one can send two individuals empty-handed so that they fight against a Pharaoh." "Elsewhere in the Holy Quran – of course, this has been repeated in the Holy Quran many times and I am narrating another part of it – when it came to public confrontation and challenge and when Hazrat Musa (P.B.U.H) gathered Bani Israel so that they would get out of the city at dawn, very early in the morning or at midnight, and get rid of Pharaoh, Pharaoh’s spies said to him in the morning – when the sun had risen a little – that Bani Israel have evacuated the city and that all of them have gone. Pharaoh became agitated as he thought that they would go somewhere else and would create a nucleus. He ordered his army to gather. They gathered the army and chased Bani Israel." "I do not know the interval between Bani Israel’s departure and the gathering of the Pharaoh’s army. Perhaps, it took that army one, two days – more or less – to advance. Well, Bani Israel were walking on foot without enough resources. They were a bunch of ordinary people comprised of women, men and children, but the Pharaoh’s army had military equipment, large troops, horses and everything. They would naturally reach them soon and they did so. When Musa’s followers saw them from a distance and when they saw that the Pharaoh’s army was approaching, they became nervous. In the Holy Quran – Sura al-Shuara – God says, “And when the two bodies saw each other” [The Holy Quran, 26: 62]. When the two groups – Prophet Musa’s (P.B.U.H) group, which was ahead, and the Pharaoh’s group which was chasing them – saw each other from afar and when they got so close that they could see one another, “The people of Musa said, ‘We are sure to be overtaken’” [The Holy Quran, 26: 62]. Bani Israel, who were with Musa (P.B.U.H), became terrified. They said, “Oh Musa, they will catch us soon.” The Arabic word “mudrakun” means overtaking, reaching. They said that the Pharaoh’s army would capture and massacre them shortly." "What was Musa’s (P.B.U.H) answer? Prophet Musa (P.B.U.H) said in response, “He said, ‘By no means.’”. He said that such a thing would never happen. Why? It is because “My Lord is with me.” This is divine assistance. He said that God is with him: “My Lord is with me. Soon will He guide me” [The Holy Quran, 26: 63]. Notice that divine assistance has such significance. When they say, “For God is with those who observe piety, and those who do good” the value of this assistance should be appreciated. If we can preserve this divine assistance, you should know that even if some people in the world have a kind of power which is 10 times more than that of America – let alone the power of America itself – the divine power which accompanies us will overcome them." (Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei’s speech in a meeting with mobilization units from all over the country - 23/11/2016) - http://sayyidali.com/viewpoints/with-divine-assistance-you-can-confront-a-pharoah-even-empty-handed.html
Salam, I thought of discussing a topic that was not talked about in any of these forums since I felt it was a very important issue to discuss. Laziness & Procrastination in the eyes of Islams and ahlu el beit. How to deal with and how to overcome it? What are the seeds of Procrastination? And is it truly a product of the shaytan? Now this is what I think of all of this. 1. Due to Procastination and laziness we tend to loose out on many opportunities that is coming our way. 2. We become less active physically, spiritually and even mentally. 3. Due to lack of productivity we loose the essence in our life. We become empty inside with no meaning since we spend our time doing nothing and accomplishing nothing. 4. We never reach our potential. We keep on putting off doing the same thing over and over again so we literally end up getting stuck in the same square NEVER moving forward. And due to that we feel unhappy about ourselves and we start getting depressed about the state that we are in. 5. YES we do know what the solution to our problem is..WE KNOW that we have to get up and do whatever needs to be done to move forward in our life..not only to make ourselves better but also to improve the quality of our life whether it is spiritually, physically, mentally or financially. 6. We are our own obstacles so how can we overcome that?? And how can we defeat the "Laziness syndrome" ?? 7. What did the prophet P.B.U.H say about this? What did ahlu el beit say about this? 8. How can we use Islam to help us overcome this and live a better life? All of these interesting questions and statements I felt I should share with you so we can open our eyes to this issue. If you look around to see many of the wealthy people or people with power worked very hard to get to where they are..yes there is exceptions and yes there are certain people that abused power and got rich just by doing nothing but that is not what I am talking about. I'm talking about the people that got there by working hard. Why are we as muslims still lacking behind unable to produce great things and to get to great places? It is because we are unwilling to work hard and put all our energies toward reaching our goals. So how can we change that?? What do you guys think?? “Everyone who is being overtaken by death asks for more time while everyone who still has time makes excuses for procrastination” Imam Ali
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