إجْعَلْ هَمَّكَ لآخِرَتِكَ، وحُزْنَكَ على نَفْسِكَ، فَكَمْ مِنْ حَزين وََفَدَ بِهِ حُزْنُهُ على سرُورِ الأبَدِ، وَكَمْ مِنْ مَهْمُوم أدْرَكَ أمَلَهُ۔
Let your concern be for your Hereafter and your sorrow be for your soul - for how many of the sorrowful have been led to everlasting bliss by their sorrow, and how many of the distressed have attained their aspiration.
— Imam Ali a.s.
(Ghurar al-Hikam: The Hereafter)
In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. Praise be to Allah, the Lord of all the worlds. May peace and blessings be upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ), his pure progeny, and his noble companions.
The provided Hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) emphasizes the importance of prioritizing the Hereafter over worldly concerns. Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) advises us to direct our worries and sorrows towards our own souls, as it is through this introspection that we can attain true success and fulfillment.
Let us delve into the key words and phrases of this Hadith to gain a deeper understanding. The word (hammak) "هَمَّكَ" refers to one's concern or preoccupation, while (nafsik) "نَفْسِكَ" means one's own soul. The term (huznak) "حُزْنَكَ" signifies sorrow or grief, and (surur) "سرُورِ" denotes everlasting bliss. Furthermore, (hazin) "حَزين" refers to someone who is sorrowful, and (mahmoom) "مَهْمُوم" describes someone who is distressed or worried.
To comprehend the wisdom behind this Hadith, we can turn to the Quran for guidance. Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) reminds us in Surah Al-Kahf, verse 46:
Wealth and children are [but] adornment of the worldly life. But the enduring good deeds are better to your Lord for reward and better for [one's] hope.
This verse highlights the temporary nature of worldly possessions and emphasizes the importance of focusing on everlasting good deeds for the sake of our Hereafter.
Additionally, in Surah Al-Qasas, verse 77, Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) states:
But seek, through that which Allah has given you, the home of the Hereafter; and [yet], do not forget your share of the world.
This verse encourages us to strike a balance between our worldly responsibilities and our pursuit of the Hereafter. It reminds us to prioritize our eternal abode while fulfilling our obligations in this world.
Now, let us reflect on the enlightening message of Imam Ali's (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) Hadith. By advising us to direct our concerns towards our Hereafter, Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) is urging us to prioritize our spiritual growth and the development of our souls. This entails focusing on acts of worship, seeking knowledge, and engaging in righteous deeds that will benefit us in the Hereafter.
Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) further highlights the transformative power of sorrow and distress. He reminds us that many individuals who have experienced sorrow and grief have ultimately found eternal bliss through their trials. This serves as a motivation for us to persevere during difficult times, knowing that our hardships can lead to spiritual growth and eventual success in the Hereafter.
Moreover, Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) mentions those who are distressed or worried, emphasizing that they too can attain their aspirations. This serves as a reminder that even in times of distress, we should maintain hope and trust in Allah's (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) plan for us. Through patience, perseverance, and reliance on Allah, we can overcome our worries and achieve our goals.
In conclusion, the Hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) urges us to prioritize our Hereafter over worldly concerns. By directing our concerns towards our souls and reflecting on our actions, we can strive for spiritual growth and eternal success. We should also recognize the transformative power of sorrow and distress, understanding that they can lead us to everlasting bliss and the fulfillment of our aspirations. May Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) grant us the wisdom and strength to prioritize our Hereafter and seek His pleasure in all aspects of our lives.
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