Words Of Advice From ‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib


‘Alee wrote a letter to Muhammad Ibn Abee Bakr saying:

“Remember, O Muhammad, that even if you are in need of your share of this world, you are in greater need of your share of the hereafter. If you have two matters to deal with, one which has to do with the hereafter and the other which has to do with this world, then start with that which has to do with the hereafter.”

[The Life And Times Of ‘Alee, by ‘Alee Muhammad As-Sallaabee, Pp.564-565]

Ibn ‘Abbaas said: I never benefited from the words of anyone after the Messenger of Allah (saw) as I benefited from a letter written to me by ‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib, in which he said:

“A man would feel upset to miss out on what he could never have gotten, and he could be pleased to get what he never could have missed, so let your pleasure be in that which you get of matters pertaining to the hereafter, and let your regret be with regard to what you miss of that. Whatever you get of worldly gains, do not be too happy about it, and whatever you miss out on of worldly matters, do not be too upset about it; let your concern be what happens after death.”

[The Life And Times Of ‘Alee, by ‘Alee Muhammad As-Sallaabee, p.580]

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