78. This World and The Hereafter Are on the Two Sides of a Scale

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2-95 حدثنا أبي رضي الله عنه قال: حدثنا سعد بن عبد الله، عن القاسم بن محمد الاصبهاني، عن سليمان بن داود المنقري، عن سفيان بن عيينة، عن الزهري قال: سمعت علي بن الحسين عليهما السلام يقول: من لم يتعز بعزاء الله تقطعت نفسه على الدنيا حسرات، والله ما الدنيا والآخرة إلا ككفتي الميزان فأيهما رجح ذهب بالآخر، ثم تلا قوله عز وجل "إذا وقعت الواقعة" يعني القيامة "ليس لوقعتها كاذبة خافضة" خفضت والله بأعداء الله إلى النار "رافعة" رفعت والله أولياء الله إلى الجنةثم أقبل على رجل من جلسائه فقال له: اتق الله وأجمل في الطلب ولا تطلب ما لم يخلق فان من طلب ما لم يخلق تقطعت نفسه حسرات ولم ينل ما طلبثم قال: وكيف ينال ما لم يخلق، فقال الرجل: وكيف يطلب ما لم يخلق؟ فقال: من طلب الغنى والاموال والسعة في الدنيا فانما يطلب ذلك للراحة، والراحة لم تخلق في الدنيا ولا لاهل الدنيا، إنما خلقت الراحة في الجنة ولاهل الجنة، والتعب والنصب خلقا في الدنيا ولاهل الدنيا وما اعطي أحد منها جفنة إلا اعطي من الحرص مثليها ومن أصاب من الدنيا أكثر كان فيها أشد فقرا لانه يفتقر إلى الناس في حفظ أمواله، ويفتقر إلى كل آلة من آلات الدنيا فليس في غنى الدنيا راحة ولكن الشيطان يوسوس إلى ابن آدم أن له في جمع [ذلك] المال راحة وإنما يسوقه إلى التعب في الدنيا والحساب عليه في الآخرةثم قال عليه السلام: كلا ما تعب أولياء الله في الدنيا للدنيا بل تعبوا في الدنيا للآخرة. ثم قال: ألا ومن اهتم لرزقه كتب عليه خطيئة كذلك قال المسيح [عيسى] عليه السلام للحواريين: إنما الدنيا قنطرة فاعبروها ولا تعمروها


2-95 (The compiler of the book narrated) that his father - may God be pleased with him - narrated that Sa’ed ibn Abdullah quoted Al-Qasim ibn Muhammad al-Isfahani, on the authority of Suleiman ibn Davood al-Minqari, on the authority of Sufyan ibn Ayyineh, on the authority of Al-Zuhra that he had heard Ali ibn al-Hussein (MGB) say, “Whoever is not calmed by what God has promised would suffer from worldly losses. By God, this world and the Hereafter are like the two sides of a scale. Whichever side is loaded more and goes down, the other side would get lighter and go up.” The Imam (MGB) added, “‘When the Event inevitable cometh to pass ,’ i.e. the Hereafter comes, ‘Then will no (soul) entertain falsehood concerning its coming’ ‘(Many) will it bring low;’ that is God will throw the enemies of God into the Fire, and ‘(many) will it exalt;’ that is God will lead the friends of God into Paradise.”Then the Imam (MGB) turned towards some of the men present and told them, “Fear God, make brief requests and do not ask for what is not created, since whoever asks for what is not created would suffer from grief and not get what he had asked for.”Then the Imam (MGB) asked, “How could one obtain what has not been created?”The man asked, “How could one ask for what has not been created?”Then the Imam (MGB) said, “By asking for wealth, property and increasing sustenance in order to attain comfort, while comfort is not created in this world and is not for the people of this world. Comfort is created in Paradise and it is for the people of Paradise. Suffering and grief have been created in this world and (they are created) for the people of this world. No one is given anything unless he has some greed for it. Whoever has more belongings in this world is more needy, since he needs the people to protect his wealth. Therefore, all the belongings in this world increase one’s needs. Thus, there is no comfort in this world. However, Satan whispers to the Children of Adam that comfort lies in collecting wealth. Thus, they are led to toil in this world and the consequent Reckoning in the Hereafter.”Then the Imam (MGB) said, “In this world the Friends of God would never overexert themselves for this world. Rather, in this world they shall strive for the Hereafter.”Then the Imam (MGB) added, “A sin will be recorded for whoever gets worried about his daily sustenance in this world. Jesus the Messiah (MGB) told his disciples, ‘This world is a bridge. Pass over it but do not build on it.’”