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22-09-2023 |08 Rabīʿ al-awwal 1445 AH

Allah's Pleasure

Description: It has been narrated that Prophet Moses (a.s.) addressed Allah, saying, 'My Lord, guide me to an action the performance of which will earn me Your good pleasure.’ So Allah revealed to him, 'O son of Amran, verily My pleasure lies in that which you will be averse to and you will not be able to endure it.’ So Moses fell prostrate, weeping and cried out, 'My Lord! You have selected me to speak to when You have not spoken to any before me, and yet You do not guide me to that action by which I may earn Your pleasure!’ So Allah revealed to him, 'Verily My pleasure lies in your pleasure with whatever I decree.

رُويَ أنّ موسي (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) قالَ: يا رَبِّ ، دُلَّني علي عَمَلٍ إذا أنا عَمِلتُهُ نِلتُ بهِ رِضاكَ . فَأوحَي اللّه‏ُ إلَيهِ: يابنَ عِمرانَ ، إنّ رِضايَ في كُرهِكَ ولَن تُطِيقَ ذلكَ ... فَخَرَّ موسي (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) ساجِداً باكِياً فقالَ: يا رَبِّ ، خَصَصتَنِي بالكَلامِ ، ولَم تُكَلِّمْ بَشَراً قَبلِي ، ولَم تَدُلَّني علي عَمَلٍ أنَالُ بهِ رِضاكَ ! فَأوحَي اللّه‏ُ إلَيهِ: إنّ رِضاي في رِضاكَ بِقَضائي.

Reference: ’[Bihar al-Anwar, v. 82, p. 143, no. 17]

Description: Imam Ali (a.s.) said, 'Three things enable a servant to attain Allah's pleasure: persistence in seeking forgiveness, affability towards people, and frequent giving of charity.

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): ثلاثٌ يُبلِغْنَ بالعَبدِ رِضوانَ اللّه‏ِ: كَثرَةُ الاستِغفارِ ، وخَفْضُ الجانِبِ ، وكَثرَةُ الصَّدَقَةِ.

Reference: ’[Bihar al-Anwar, v. 78, p. 81, no. 74]

Description: Imam Ali (a.s.) said, 'He who dissatisfies his body earns Allah's pleasure, and he who is not willing to dissatisfy his body defies Allah.

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): مَن أسخَطَ بَدَنَهُ أرضي رَبَّهُ ، ومَن لَم يُسخِطْ بَدَنَهُ عَصي رَبَّهُ.

Reference: ’[Bihar al-Anwar, v. 70, p. 312, no. 11]

Description: Imam Ali (a.s.) said, 'He [Allah] has advised you to be Godwary in all things, and has made it the height of His good pleasure and His sole requirement from His creatures.’

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): أوصاكُم بالتَّقوي ، وجَعَلَها مُنتَهي رِضاهُ وحاجَتَهُ مِن خَلقِهِ.

Reference: [Nahjul Balaghah, Sermon 183]

Description: Imam Ali (a.s.) said, 'Allah's pleasure is linked to His obedience.

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): رِضا اللّه‏ِ سبحانَهُ مَقرونٌ بطاعَتِهِ.

Reference: ’[Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 5410]

Description: Imam Zayn al-Abidin (a.s.) said, 'Verily the one who Allah is most pleased with from among you is the one who is the most generous towards his own dependents.’

الإمامُ زينُ العابدينَ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): إنَّ أرضاكُم عِندَ اللّه‏ِ أسبَغُكُم علي عِيالِهِ.

Reference: [Bihar al-Anwar, v. 78, p. 136, no. 13]

Description: It is narrated in Bihar al-Anwar that Prophet Moses (a.s.) said, 'O My Lord, what is a sign of Your pleasure with a servant of Yours?' So Allah revealed to him, saying, 'When you see Me preparing My servant for My obedience and averting him from My disobedience, [know that] it is a sign of My pleasure.

رُويَ أنّ موسي (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) قالَ: يا رَبِّ أخبِرْني عن آيَةِ رِضاكَ عن عَبدِكَ ، فَأوحَي اللّه‏ُ تعالي إلَيهِ: إذا رَأيتَني اُهَيِّئُ عبدِي لطاعَتِي وأصرِفُهُ عن مَعصِيَتي ، فذلكَ آيَةُ رِضايَ.

Reference: ’[Bihar al-Anwar, v. 70, p. 26, no. 29]

Description: Imam Ali (a.s.) said, 'The sign of Allah's pleasure with His servant is the satisfaction found in the servant himself with all that Allah decrees, be it in his favour or not.

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): علامَةُ رِضا اللّه‏ِ سبحانَهُ عن العَبدِ ، رِضاهُ بما قَضَي بهِ سبحانَهُ لَهُ وعلَيهِ .

Reference: ’[Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 6344]

Description: Imam Ali (a.s.), in a letter that he wrote to Muhammad b. AbU Bakr, said, 'Try to the best of your ability not to displease your Lord by pleasing any of His creatures, for verily Allah can easily substitute a servant for another, but the servant has recourse to no other substitute for Allah.

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) ـ فيما كَتَبَ إلي محمّدِ بنِ أبي بكرٍ ـ: إنِ استَطَعتَ أن لاتُسخِطَ رَبَّكَ برِضا أحَدٍ مِن خَلقِهِ فَافعَلْ؛ فإنَّ في اللّه‏ِ عزّوجلّ خَلَفا مِن غَيرِهِ ، ولَيسَ في شيءٍ سِواهُ خَلَفٌ مِنهُ .

Reference: ’[Amali al-Tusi, p. 29, no. 31]

Description: Imam al-Hasan (a.s.) said, 'He who seeks to please Allah at the expense of displeasing people, Allah suffices him in everything including his affairs with people. But the one who seeks to please people at the expense of Allah's displeasure, Allah relegates him to those very people.’

لإمامُ الحسنُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): مَن طَلَبَ رِضا اللّه‏ِ بِسَخَطِ الناسِ كَفاهُ اللّه‏ُ اُمُورَ الناسِ ، ومَن طَلَبَ رِضا الناسِ بِسَخَطِ اللّه‏ِ، وَكَلَهُ اللّه‏ُ إلي النّاسِ.

Reference: [Bihar al-Anwar, v. 71, p. 208, no. 17]