6. Value of Time

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6 - وبالإسناد الأول عن علي بن مهزيار، عن علي بن حديد، عن علي بن النعمان رفعه قال: كان علي بن الحسين عليهما السلام يقول: ويح من غلبت واحدته عشرته ، وكان أبو عبد الله صلوات الله عليهما يقول: المغبون من غبن عمره ساعة بعد ساعة، وكان علي بن الحسين صلوات الله عليهما يقول: أظهر اليأس من الناس فإن ذلك هو الغنى ، وأقل طلب الحوائج إليهم فإن ذلك فقر حاضر، وإياك وما يعتذر منه، وصل صلاة مودع، وإن استطعت أن تكون اليوم خيرا منك أمس، وغدا خيرا منك اليوم فافعل.


6. With the preceding chains of narration, from ‘Ali ibn Mahzyar, from ‘Ali ibn Hadeed from ‘Ali ibn al-Nu’man, who has raised the report (without intervening chain) to ‘Ali ibn al-Husayn, peace be upon him, who said: "Woe to the one whose one triumphs over his ten (meaning the verse 160, Surah al-Ana’am: ’Whoever brings one good deed shall have ten fold the like of it and whoever brings one evil deed shall be recompensed only the like of it...’)" And Abu Abdillah, peace be upon him used to say: "A defrauded person is one whose life is wasted hour by hour." And ‘Ali ibn al-Husayn, peace be upon him, said: "Expect nothing from the others and that is true self-sufficiency, and minimize your needs from them, for being needful is instant poverty. And be cautious of doing things for which you may have to offer an excuse; and when you stand for daily prayers, do so as if you were offering the last and farewell prayers; and if you can manage to be better today than yesterday, or tomorrow better than today, then do so."