What is the gauge for humility?
Imam Ar-Ridha’ (as) defined humility in a person as the habit of discharging the rights of others as he would have his own rights fulfilled!”
Someone asked, “What is the gauge for humility? When can we term a person as humble?” Imam Ar-Ridha’ (as) said, “There are several degrees of humility. One is that a person doesn’t rate himself more than what he is worth. He avoids pride and prejudice. He treats others the same way as he expects them to treat him. Even if he receives ill-treatment from others, he treats them with kindness. He suppresses anger and is generous to a fault. Allah considers such humble persons His friends!”
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Do the Heaven and the Hell exist now?”
Abu Salat Harwi asked Imam Ar-Ridha’ (as), “O son of the Prophet (S)! Do the Heaven and the Hell exist now?”
The Imam (as) replied, “Without any doubt!”
Abu Salat said, “People say that Allah will create the Heaven and the Hell and that they don’t exist now!”
The Imam (as) replied, “He who says so is not one of us! The Prophet (S), on the night of Me’raj (the Night of the Holy Prophet’s Accession), traveled through the Heaven and saw the Hell!” Then the Imam (as), referring to several verses of the Holy Book and the Traditions proved that denying the existence of the Heaven and the Hell would be tantamount to not believing in the Qur’an, the Prophet (S) and his Vicegerents. A person who holds such disbelief is a kafir and infidel.
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“Supplication is sharper than the spear and the arrow\"
Imam Ar-Ridha’ (as) has said, “Supplication is sharper than the spear and the arrow. It wards away calamities. Supplicate, and supplicate the more! Supplication is the key to Allah’s Blessings. It is the cure for all pains and aches.”
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Kaffarah of sins
Imam Ar-Ridha’ (as) has said, “If a person doesn’t have the means to pay expiation (Kaffarah) for his sins, he should utter benediction to the Prophet and his Ahl-ul-Bayt (as) that it will reduce the burden of his sins.”
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Reparations for his sins