Al-Anfal (The Spoils of War) 8:24

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ اسْتَجِيبُواْ لِلّهِ وَلِلرَّسُولِ إِذَا دَعَاكُم لِمَا يُحْيِيكُمْ وَاعْلَمُواْ أَنَّ اللّهَ يَحُولُ بَيْنَ الْمَرْءِ وَقَلْبِهِ وَأَنَّهُ إِلَيْهِ تُحْشَرُونَ

O you who have attained to faith! Respond to the call of God and the Apostle whenever he calls you unto that which will give you life; and know that God intervenes between man and [the desires of] his heart, and that unto Him you shall be gathered.

Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘Allah has imposed … the abandonment of drinking alcohol in order to safeguard the intellect.’

Imam Ali (AS) said, 'There are three types of temptation: the love of women, which Satan uses as his sword; drinking wine, which Satan uses as his snare [a trap for catching birds or animals, typically one having a noose of wire or cord]; and love of the dinar and the dirham [symbols of wealth], which Satan uses as his arrow.

The Extract of a Sermon of Hazrat Fatima (a.s.) the Princess of Islam; Allah has settled:
Faith - so that He may clean your heart from polytheism.
Prayers - so that the pride may vanish from your mind.
Zakat - So that your heart becomes purified and your property increases.
Fasting - So that your sincerity becomes firm.
Hajj Ka'ba - So that the religion gets strength and magnificence.
Justice - So that you may join your hearts together.
Imamate of Ahlul Bayt (AS) - So that the Ummat is saved from disparity and divergence.
Jihad - So that the grandeur of Islam and the dignity of the Muslims is saved.
Amr bil Maruf - so that the common people are reformed.
Sile-rahm - so that the number of Muslims increase in the world.
Qisas - so that the lives of the people are protected.

Rights of Community Members
Gratitude is right of the community members who strive to work for their family and make themselves happy; and /or also to those who try to make others happy. They never caused problem for others. They never hurt other's feelings. They did never anything wrong to others. Less interactive people come to this category. Think about your problems in life; 50% at least; in some cases may be up to 90%; stress, sufferings are due to others. Few problems are from nature. Hurting feelings of others is haraam. Islamic laws are interactive; two ways. This is violation of human rights. Disrespecting momin is war against Allah SWT and honoring, helping momin is shelter from wrath of Allah SWT. The closer has more rights. Degrading, insulting momin; is challenge for battle to Allah SWT. If you feel somebody is burden for you; actually he is there to share bounties on you from Allah SWT. I should not be burden on anyone; this is my duty. But if someone comes to me, I should not feel that he is burden. A group of companions (followers) from Khurasaan came to see Imam Jafar Sadiq (AS); Imam (AS) asked them; why you people insult, humiliate, degrade us? Apparently it was after Hajj time. Those people were very surprised. Imam (AS) told that person who was talking more; that you didn't listen and paid no attention to a walking momin to share ride with him for a mile. You disrespected one of our lover. It is equal to disrespect of us. This person thought that if he will share ride that would become burden for him. Helping someone is not a burden. It is a great bounty of Allah SWT. If we thank a bounty, Allah SWT promised to increase. Someone comes to you for help because you have ability (money, skill, time, advice) to help him; Allah SWT will increase this ability. Always be ready to help others. Think about yourself; when you need help of others; with same emotion and spirit deal with others. Focus on what we have, don't focus on what lost. Thank God for things which never happened.

Juma Kutba; H.I. Maulana S. Mehboob Mehdi Abidi Al-Najafi;
8-11-2017; (18 ZilKhad 1438H)

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