في الضّيقِ يَتَبيَّنُ حُسْنُ مُواساةِ الرَّفيقِ۔

It is in times of [financial] difficulty that the value of a friend’s generosity becomes apparent.



It is in times of [financial] difficulty that the value of a friend’s...

— Imam Ali a.s.
(Ghurar al-Hikam: The Brother, The Friend, The Associate And The Companion)

Personal Reflection

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. Praise be to Allah, the Lord of all worlds, and blessings be upon Muhammad () and his purified progeny, the Ahl al-Bayt, as well as his noble companions.

The Arabic Hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) states:

في الضّيقِ يَتَبيَّنُ حُسْنُ مُواساةِ الرَّفيقِ۔

This can be translated as:

It is in times of [financial] difficulty that the value of a friend's generosity becomes apparent.

Let us delve into the deeper meaning of this enlightening saying of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) and explore the wisdom behind it, drawing upon the teachings of the Quran.

The word (difficulty) "ضّيق" refers to a state of distress or hardship. It can manifest in various forms, such as financial constraints, emotional turmoil, or physical challenges. During such times, the true character of a person is revealed, and the significance of a companion's generosity becomes evident.

Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) emphasizes the importance of generosity and kindness towards others in numerous verses of the Quran. For example, in Surah Al-Baqarah (2:177), Allah says:

It is not righteousness that you turn your faces toward the east or the west, but [true] righteousness is [in] one who believes in Allah, the Last Day, the angels, the Book, and the prophets and gives wealth, in spite of love for it, to relatives, orphans, the needy, the traveler, those who ask [for help], and for freeing slaves.

This verse highlights the significance of giving to those in need, even when it may be difficult or inconvenient. It is during times of hardship that the true essence of generosity is tested. A true friend, as mentioned in the Hadith, is one who stands by your side and extends their support when you are facing financial difficulties.

Another verse that resonates with the Hadith is found in Surah Al-Insan (76:8-9), where Allah describes the righteous believers:

And they give food in spite of love for it to the needy, the orphan, and the captive, [saying], 'We feed you only for the countenance of Allah. We wish not from you reward or gratitude.'

This verse emphasizes that true generosity stems from a sincere desire to please Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) and help those in need, without expecting anything in return. It is during times of difficulty that the selflessness of a friend becomes apparent, as they offer their support without seeking personal gain or recognition.

Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ), known for his profound knowledge and wisdom, highlights the importance of a friend's generosity during times of financial distress. In such moments, when one is facing financial constraints, the support and assistance of a true friend can alleviate the burden and provide comfort.

The value of a friend's generosity is not limited to financial assistance alone. It encompasses emotional support, guidance, and encouragement. A true friend is someone who stands by your side, offering a helping hand and providing solace during times of difficulty. Their generosity extends beyond material possessions and encompasses the gift of their time, understanding, and empathy.

Reflecting on this Hadith, we are reminded of the importance of cultivating genuine friendships based on compassion, empathy, and generosity. It encourages us to be mindful of the needs of others, especially during times of hardship, and to extend our support in whatever way we can.

In conclusion, the Hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) teaches us that the true value of a friend's generosity becomes apparent during times of financial difficulty. It reminds us of the importance of selflessness, kindness, and compassion towards others, as exemplified by the teachings of the Quran. May Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) grant us the ability to be generous and supportive friends to those in need, and may He bless us with true companions who stand by us in times of hardship.

. : . (Readers are advised to verify the sources mentioned above, and to independently research for an accurate understanding of Hadith. Remember, personal research and seeking guidance from scholars are essential in gaining a better insight. Please, do contact us if you find any wrong citations or explanations.)

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