Tuesday, November 6, 2007


[[Photo: 'Allama al-Tabataba'i]
Constructive contemplation followed by appropriate action can salvage the human being for a very long time. One of the inspiring dictums narrated from Imam al-Sadiq (‘a) reads: “An hour’s contemplation is better than a year’s worship.” If one reflects on the transient and passing nature of this world, and how people after enjoying a good number of years have eventually to depart and emigrate to their graves, he may overhaul himself and change his attitude and prepare for the next world. Reflection of “how one’s past has ruined one’s present”, “how one can derive the utmost from the limited opportunity of his life”, “what is the best intention for every action and worship?” are some keys that can open perpetual doors of happiness and salvation. That worship that is directed by constructive contemplation and accompanied by attention would abundantly reap spiritual benefits. In sharp contrast, excessive worship without a strong foundation and base is remote from its very purpose.

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