اَلشَّرُّ يُعاقَبُ عَلَيْهِ ويُخْزى (يُجْزى)۔

Evil is punishable and brings dishonour (or is requited).



Evil is punishable and brings dishonour (or is requited).

— Imam Ali a.s.
(Ghurar al-Hikam: Evil And The Wicked)

Personal Reflection

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. Praise be to Allah, the Lord of all worlds. Peace and blessings be upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad (), his pure Ahl al-Bayt, and his righteous companions.

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

الشَّرُّ يُعاقَبُ عَلَيْهِ ويُخْزى

which translates to

Evil is punishable and brings dishonour (or is requited).

This concise statement by Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) carries profound wisdom and guidance for all Muslims.

Let us first delve into the key words of this Hadith. The word (evil) "شَّرُّ" refers to any action or behavior that goes against the teachings of Islam and leads to harm or corruption. It encompasses both major sins and minor transgressions. The word (is punishable) "يُعاقَبُ" signifies that evil deeds will not go unnoticed or unpunished. Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) is just and will hold individuals accountable for their actions in this world or the Hereafter. The word (brings dishonour or is requited) "يُخْزى" indicates that evil deeds not only result in punishment but also bring shame and disgrace to the doer.

To understand the significance of this Hadith, we turn to the Quran for guidance. Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) repeatedly emphasizes the consequences of evil actions and the importance of accountability. In Surah Al-Baqarah, Allah says, (Quran 40:40)

And whoever earns evil, will not be recompensed except the like thereof; and whoever does righteous deeds, whether male or female, while being a believer - those will enter Paradise, being given provision therein without account

This verse highlights the principle of retribution, where evil actions are met with a similar punishment, while righteous deeds are rewarded with Paradise.

Furthermore, in Surah Al-Isra, Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) states, (Quran 50:16-19)

And We have certainly created man and We know what his soul whispers to him, and We are closer to him than [his] jugular vein. When the two receivers receive, seated on the right and on the left. Man does not utter any word except that with him is an observer prepared [to record]. And the intoxication of death will bring the truth; that is what you were trying to avoid

These verses emphasize that every action, whether good or evil, is closely observed by Allah. The consequences of our deeds will be made apparent to us, even if we try to avoid them in this worldly life.

Imam Ali's (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) Hadith serves as a reminder to Muslims that evil deeds will not go unpunished. It is a call to reflect upon our actions and strive for righteousness. When one engages in evil, they not only face the punishment decreed by Allah but also bring dishonor upon themselves. This dishonor may manifest in various ways, such as loss of reputation, strained relationships, or a guilty conscience.

Moreover, this Hadith highlights the importance of accountability in Islam. Muslims should be aware that their actions have consequences, both in this life and the Hereafter. The fear of punishment and the desire for honor should motivate us to refrain from evil and strive for righteousness. By doing so, we not only protect ourselves from the consequences of evil but also uphold the values and principles of Islam.

In conclusion, the Hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) reminds us that evil is punishable and brings dishonor. It serves as a powerful reminder of the consequences of our actions and the importance of accountability in Islam. By reflecting upon this Hadith and aligning our behavior with the teachings of the Quran, we can strive to lead a righteous and honorable life. May Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) guide us all to the path of righteousness and protect us from evil.

. : . (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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