Imam Sadiq (peace be upon him) Online Seminary offers Heartfelt Felicitations on the Auspicious Occasion of the Birth Anniversary of The Prophet of Mercy, Muhammad (peace and blessing of Allah be upon him and his Holy Progeny)

While we celebrate and honor the birthday anniversary of our dear and beloved Prophet peace and blessings be upon him and his holy progeny, let us remind ourselves of the advice he mentions to one of his closest and greatest companions, Abu Dharr, so that, in accordance to the tradition itself, whosoever practices it, is assured success of both worlds. Although the narration is long, only excerpts will be mentioned.

 Abu Dharr narrates that, ‘On a mid-day, I went in the presence of the Messenger of Allah (PBUH&HP). I didn't see anyone in the masjid except himself and Imam Ali (peace be upon him), who was sitting by his side. So I took the opportunity of the emptiness of the masjid and said, ‘O Rasul Allah, please advise me with such advice that Allah will benefit me by it.’

He said, ‘You must know Abu Dharr that Allah, the Great and Majestic, has made the `Ahl al-Bait' (peace be upon them) in my nation the likeliness of the ship of Nuh (Noah) whoever rides it is saved and whoever desires other than it is drowned.

‘O Abu Dharr! When Allah wants good for a servant He gives him understanding in the religion and makes him abstemious in the world and makes him see his own faults.’

 ‘O Abu Dharr! No servant abstains in the world but Allah causes wisdom to grow in his heart, and causes his tongue to utter it, and gives him insight of the faults of the world and its sickness and its cure and causes him to from it safely into the abode of peace.’

O Abu Dharr! Love of wealth and honor are stronger in stripping a man of his religion than two ferocious wolves in a cattle pen of sheep; so they attack in it until morning. So what will remain of it?

‘On Abu Dharr! When light enters the heart it expands and becomes spacious. I said, ‘So what is the sign of that by my mother and father, O Messenger of Allah. ‘He said, ‘Turning (one's attention) to the eternal abode and keeping aloof from the abode of deception and preparation for death before it takes place.’

O Abu Dharr! Take account of yourself before you're taken account of so your accounting will be easier tomorrow. And weigh yourself before you are weighed and prepare for the great staging; the day you will be presented, not the least of a hidden thing of you will be hidden from Allah.

O Abu Dharr! If all of the people benefitted from this verse, it would have been enough for them: ‘And whoever fears Allah (s), He will provide a solution for him and grant him sustenance from where he least expects it. And whoever depends and relies on Allah (S), then Allah (S) will take care of him, surely Allah will execute his affair.’

‘O Abu Dharr! Whoever owns what is between his legs and beard will enter the Paradise: I said: O

Messenger of Allah, shall we be accounted for what our tongue speaks? He answered: O Abu Dharr! Surely, what brings people to fall into Hell-Fire on their noses is what their tongues say!

You are safe so long as you are quiet, and when you speak, Allah (S) either writes it for you or against you.

On this Auspicious Occasion, we ask Allah (s) to Reward us with Guidance to tread the Path of the Holy Prophet (PBUH&HP) and Hasten the reappearance of our Imam so that we can be amongst his helpers and supporters.