Deep understanding in religion-Lesson 3

Deep understanding of religion

In the name of God the Compassionate the Merciful

In the following discussion of deep understanding in religion
we first discussed the value of life and the moments of human life.
In order to understand the value of our lives, we have outlined four features of life for you,
and we all see these qualities clearly in our lives.

These features are:
our life is gradually passing away, so we neglect to pass it on.

Second, this life will end very quickly as it progresses.

Third, we do not know when it will be ended.

And the fourth is that it can’t be saved. Whether we like it or not, it will be lost.

Now that our life that is so important and valuable is at risk of losing, then it makes sense for a wise man to use his capital. if we spend it quickly and we cannot stop spending it. We don’t know when it’s going to end and of course it’s going to end very fast so we have to be very careful and plan for the moments in our lives to use it properly.
I read this narration to you in a previous meeting when the Imam (peace be upon him) said that the price of your life is not in the world.

In Toba sura there is a nice verse:

اعوذ بالله من الشیطان رجیم
إِنَّ اللَّهَ اشْتَرَىٰ مِنَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ أَنْفُسَهُمْ وَأَمْوَالَهُمْ بِأَنَّ لَهُمُ الْجَنَّةَ

Surely Allah has bought of the believers their persons and their property for this, that they shall have the garden; they fight in Allah’s way, so they slay and are slain; a promise which is binding on Him in the Taurat and the Injeel and the Quran; and who is more faithful to his covenant than Allah? Rejoice therefore in the pledge which you have made; and that is the mighty achievement.

Who is the buyer? Allah
Who is the seller? believers
Verily, Allah buys the believers.
What does He buy? What is the production? Our souls and our properties.

Our times and our lives is a commodity that we sell to the Almighty, at what price? Paradise.

The profitable business that a wise and intelligent believer has, be in the form of business,
He must sell himself to God and get Paradise.

Imam Ali(peace be upon him) said:

لَيْسَ لِأَنْفُسِكُمْ ثَمَنٌ إِلَّا الْجَنَّةَ، فَلَا تَبِيعُوهَا بِغیرهَا.

There is no price other than heaven for your souls. Don’t sell to anything other than that.

فَإِنَّهُ مَنْ رَضِيَ مِنَ اَللَّهِ بِالدُّنْيَا فَقَدْ رَضِيَ بِالْخَسِيسِ.

If someone asks God just the world and get the world and would be satisfied, he is such a person that is stingy.

Holy Prophet (peace be upon him and his family) said to Abuthar:
How much are you serious about your money and you can’t spend it easily. You should more serious about your time and spending your life.

We pay attention to our own schedule to see how much we act as the Holy Prophet said what we should really do. We are so sensetive to spend money to buy a product. Maybe we’ll go for the price as much as possible to buy that product at a lower price. Are we too sensetive to our life or are we easily giving it away to others.
If my audiencesare are dear young people, I have to say to them than to people in my age.

He is young and his life.
He is young and his time.
He is young and energetic.
If I allow anyone  to plan and manage for me, I will lose my properties.

Good luck to young people who don’t let others to manage for them by knowing enough about this important issue.
So this world trade has to be spent in the direction that brings the most profit to man.
That’s the way a clever businessman
Follows to find the most profits.  If you see there are two good and halal paths, one is more profitable, so he’ll look for it.
Well that’s a point that the Holy Prophet said we should earn Paradise.
Where is the way of Paradise?

In sura Maryam verse 63 Allah says:

” تِلْكَ الْجَنَّةُ الَّتِي نُورِثُ مِنْ عِبَادِنَا مَنْ كَانَ تَقِيًّا “

Our servants who have piety inherit the Paradise.
They should be Allah’s servants.

In Sura Fajr verse 29:

“فَادْخُلِي فِي عِبَادِي وَادْخُلِي جَنَّتِي”

Enter among my servants untill you can enter my paradise.
Beside this matter there is the goal of creation that is so important.

In Zaryat sure verse 56:

“وَمَا خَلَقْتُ الْجِنَّ وَالْإِنْسَ إِلَّا لِيَعْبُدُونِ”

I did not creat jins and men but just for wotshipping.
Of course, worship is not just praying and fasting. Well, the purpose of God Almighty is the creation of humanity so that one can gain heaven.
The way to Paradise is only God’s servitude.
Can I conclude if I do anything other than worshipping Allah is harm?
Yes I can get results.
In the business world sometimes someone wins who puts his life entirely on the path of God’s servitude.
Then knowing the way of worshipping Allah is necessary that is deep understanding in religion.
So understanding religion means that I learn religion and know it.
The jurisprudential or deep understanding in religion in the literal words  reffer to clergymen that I do not mean that.But the jurisprudence that I will say in these lessons is that I know my religion correctly, completely, precisely and accurately with all its elements.
If this understanding will be right, the path of servitude would be right too.
In the next sessions I will talk more about this recognition and its path.

و صلی الله علی محمد و آله الطیبین الطاهرین

This series of lessons have been originally taught by the engineer Hejazi in Persian.
His lessons in Persian language are available on this site.

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