قِلَّةُ الْعِيَالِ أَحَدُ الْيَسَارَيْنِ۔

A small family is one of the ways of (securing) ease.



A small family is one of the ways of (securing) ease.

— Imam Ali a.s.
(Nahj al-Balagha — Peak of Eloquence: Hadith #141)

Personal Reflection

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 (), his pure progeny, and his noble companions.

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

A small family is one of the ways of (securing) ease.

Let us delve into the deeper meaning of this thought-provoking saying in light of the Quran.

Firstly, let us examine the important words in this Hadith. The word (qillah) "قِلَّةُ" means "small" or "few," while (al-'iyal) "الْعِيَالِ" refers to "family" or "dependents." The word (ahadu) "أَحَدُ" can be translated as "one of" or "one way." Lastly, (al-yasarayn) "الْيَسَارَيْنِ" can be understood as "securing ease" or "attaining comfort."

To understand the significance of a small family leading to ease, we can turn to the Quran for guidance. Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) says in Surah An-Nisa (4:32),

And do not wish for that by which Allah has made some of you exceed others. For men is a share of what they have earned, and for women is a share of what they have earned. And ask Allah of his bounty. Indeed Allah is ever, of all things, Knowing.

This verse emphasizes the importance of contentment and not desiring what others possess. It encourages us to be grateful for the blessings Allah has bestowed upon us, whether it be a large or small family. By being satisfied with what we have, we can find ease and tranquility in our lives.

Furthermore, in Surah Al-Isra (17:80), Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) states,

And say: My Lord! Cause me to come in with a firm incoming and to go out with a firm outgoing. And give me from Thy presence a sustaining Power.

This verse highlights the importance of seeking strength and stability from Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ). It reminds us to rely on Him for our sustenance and well-being. Therefore, having a small family can be seen as a means of relying more on Allah's provision and seeking His assistance, leading to a sense of ease and security.

Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ), known for his deep knowledge and wisdom, recognized the benefits of having a small family. He understood that having fewer dependents can alleviate the burden of responsibilities and provide more opportunities for personal growth and spiritual development. It allows individuals to focus on their relationship with Allah and dedicate themselves to acts of worship and service to the community.

Moreover, a small family can also lead to financial stability and a more harmonious household. With fewer dependents, it becomes easier to meet the needs and provide for the well-being of each family member. This can foster a sense of unity and peace within the family, creating an environment conducive to personal and spiritual growth.

It is important to note that this Hadith does not diminish the value or blessings of having a large family. Islam encourages procreation and the nurturing of strong family bonds. However, Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) highlights the benefits of a small family as one of the ways to attain ease and tranquility in life.

In conclusion, the Hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) teaches us that having a small family can be a means of securing ease and comfort in our lives. By being content with what Allah has provided, seeking His assistance, and focusing on our relationship with Him, we can find peace and tranquility. It is a reminder to prioritize our spiritual growth and well-being, while also recognizing the blessings and responsibilities that come with family life. May Allah guide us all to the path of ease and grant us contentment in all aspects of our lives.

. : . (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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