in the name of God the Compassionate the Merciful
In the following discussion of deep understanding in religion we talked about the attributes or features of our life that are four attributes.
I explained two attributes of life; Nobody knows when this huge and expensive investment will be ended.
This treasure is going to end up so fast, but I don’t know when it’s going to end up like a bag we can not see inside.
We take the coins inside the bag but suddenly we find out the coins are over.
Our lives also end suddenly.
All people will die someday, and one day this opportunity will end for all of us.
Quran says in verse34 of Logman sura:
إِنَّ اللَّهَ عِنْدَهُ عِلْمُ السَّاعَةِ وَيُنَزِّلُ الْغَيْثَ وَيَعْلَمُ مَا فِي الْأَرْحَامِ ۖ وَمَا تَدْرِي نَفْسٌ مَاذَا تَكْسِبُ غَدًا ۖ
وَمَا تَدْرِي نَفْسٌ بِأَيِّ أَرْضٍ تَمُوتُ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَلِيمٌ خَبِيرٌ
Indeed, Allah [alone] has knowledge of the Hour and sends down the rain and nows what is in the wombs. And no soul perceives what it will earn tomorrow. and no soul perceives in what land it will die. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted.
Well the third attribute is that we don’t know when it is going to end but one day it will be all ended suddenly.
The fourth and last feature is that our lives and times cannot be saved, means whether we like it or not, it cannot be recyclable and reversible.
Well, once we go back to these features, we have a treasure that we can’t stop consuming, we don’t know when it is going to end up. we just neglect it, and at the same time, it goes by so fast.
Well, in your opinion, these attributes are not enough to make us to think and feel sorry for what we have so far lost and are very careful about what is left over?
So the question now is, how am I supposed to spend this life with these special features? What should I buy with it? what should I get that I can prevent not to get hurt and being regretful?
As usual we refer to the traditions of Ahl Albait. Those who are Quran teachers and have Divine science. We ask help to guide us.
He Holy Prophet(s.a) said to Abu Dharr:
یَا اباذر! کُنْ عَلَی عُمُرِکَ أَشَحَّ مِنْکَ عَلَی دِرْهَمِکَ وَ دِینَارِکَ
How much are you careful about your money, Abu Dharr? This is natural, and most people do it, but be more stingy over time on your life loss than money. Don’t let anyone easily ruin your life, waste your time, as you know right, you have to plan your life. don’t let anyone take your time in any way.
Our lives have to be very valuable in a way that is worth it. we have to spend it in a true way, not anywhere.
What should we buy with it? We should not buy this world.
Imam Ali (p.b.u.h) said:
بئس المتجر أن ترى الدّنيا لنفسك ثمناً
What a bad business to invest your life and your soul to buy the world.
So what should we buy with it? We’ll talk about it.
This series of lessons have been originally taught by the engineer Hejazi in Persian.
His lessons in Persian language are available on this site.